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Sunday Night Hockey (abbreviated as SNHSS)is a weekly presentation of National Hockey League games that air on NBC Sports Network on Sundays during the regular season. Sunday Night Hockey usually debuts during the second Sunday of January.

The package made its debut on January 10, 2016, featuring a game between the New Jersey Devils and the Minnesota Wild. Following the game, NBCSN premiered a weekly recap show, NHL Sunday Shootout, which is a summary of the previous week's NHL action.

During the 2016–17 NHL season, NBC Sports began to promote both the Game of the Week and Sunday Night Hockey broadcasts under the Star Sunday brand, focusing primarily on the NHL's star players. Star Sunday features extensive pre-game, in-game and post-game coverage of each featured player. The first game under the new package featured the Wild visiting the Anaheim Ducks on January 5, 2017. The game's featured players were Minnesota's Ryan Suter and Anaheim's Ryan Kesler.[1]

ResultsEdit

2015–16 seasonEdit

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Date Time Away Team Score Home Team Score
January 10, 2016 8 P.M. New Jersey 2 Minnesota 1
January 17, 2016 7:30 P.M. Philadelphia 2 (SO) Detroit 1
February 14, 2016 7:30 P.M. Philadelphia 1 NY Rangers 3
February 21, 2016 7 P.M. Detroit 0 NY Rangers 1 (OT)
February 28, 2016 6:30 P.M. Tampa Bay 4 Boston 1
9 P.M. Los Angeles 2 Anaheim 4
March 6, 2016 8 P.M. St. Louis 4 Minnesota 2
March 13, 2016 7:30 P.M. Toronto 1 Detroit 0
March 20, 2016 6 P.M. Washington 2 Pittsburgh 6
8:30 P.M. Minnesota 3 (SO) Chicago 2
March 27, 2016 7:30 P.M. Pittsburgh 3 (OT) NY Rangers 2
April 3, 2016 8 P.M. St. Louis 5 Colorado 1
April 10, 2016 7 P.M. Philadelphia 5 NY Islanders 2

2016–17 seasonEdit

See also: NHL Game of the Week

During the season, the Star Sunday brand made its debut.[3][1]

Date Time Away Team Score Home Team Score
January 8, 2017*[nb 1] 8 P.M. Minnesota 2 Anaheim 1
January 15, 2017*[nb 2] 7 P.M. Minnesota 3 Chicago 2
February 12, 2017*[nb 3] 7:30 P.M. Montreal 0 Boston 4
February 19, 2017 6 P.M. Chicago 5 Buffalo 1
8:30 P.M. Boston 2 San Jose 1
February 26, 2017*[nb 4] 7:30 P.M. St. Louis 2 Chicago 4
March 5, 2017*[nb 5] 8 P.M. St. Louis 3 Colorado 0
March 12, 2017*[nb 6] 7 P.M. NY Rangers 4 Detroit 1
March 26, 2017*[nb 7] 7 P.M. Philadelphia 6 Pittsburgh 2
April 2, 2017*[nb 8] 7:30 P.M. Philadelphia 3 NY Rangers 4

(*) Designated as a Star Sunday game.

2017–18 seasonEdit

NBC resumed its special Star Sunday presentations on March 11, 2018, both as part of the Game of the Week and Sunday Night Hockey package.[4]

Date Time Away Team Score Home Team Score
January 7, 2018 7:30 P.M. Boston 4 Pittsburgh 5 (OT)
January 14, 2018 7:30 P.M. NY Rangers 2 Pittsburgh 5
March 4, 2018 7 P.M. Detroit 1 Minnesota 4
March 11, 2018*[nb 9] 7:30 P.M. Dallas 1 Pittsburgh 3
March 18, 2018*[nb 10] 7:30 P.M. St. Louis 5 Chicago 4 (OT)
March 25, 2018*[nb 11] 7:30 P.M. Boston 2 (OT) Minnesota 1
April 1, 2018*[nb 12] 7:30 P.M. Washington 3 Pittsburgh 1

(*) Designated as a Star Sunday game.

2018–19 seasonEdit

Star Sunday returned on February 3, 2019, both as part of the Game of the Week and Sunday Night Hockey package. This will mark the first season of Star Sunday to have its presenting sponsor; AT&T was the first presenting sponsor and they branded themselves as Star Sunday presented by AT&T.[5]

Date Time Away Team Score Home Team Score
January 6, 2018 8 P.M. Chicago 5 Pittsburgh 3
February 10, 2018*[nb 13] 7 P.M. Toronto 1 NY Rangers 4
February 17, 2018 6 P.M. Philadelphia 3 Detroit 1
February 24, 2018*[nb 14] 7 P.M. St. Louis 1 Minnesota 2 (OT)
March 3, 2018*[nb 15] 7:30 P.M. Nashville 3 Minnesota 2 (SO)
March 10, 2018*[nb 16] 7:30 P.M. Boston 2 Pittsburgh 4
10 P.M. Los Angeles 3 Anaheim 2
March 17, 2018*[nb 17] 7:30 P.M. Philadelphia 2 Pittsburgh 1 (OT)
10 P.M. Edmonton 3 Vegas 6
March 24, 2018*[nb 18] 8 P.M. Colorado Chicago
March 31, 2018*[nb 19] 7:30 P.M. Boston Detroit

(*) Designated as a Star Sunday game.

RatingsEdit

During its inaugural season, Sunday Night Hockey averaged 491,000 viewers over 13 games, up 28% from Sunday Night games during the 2014–15 NHL season over the same number of games (384,000). NBCSN's ten-most watched games of the 2015–16 season were either Wednesday Night Rivalry or Sunday Night Hockey games.[3]

NotesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 NBC SPORTS DEBUTS "STAR SUNDAY" THIS WEEKEND – RYAN SUTER & RYAN KESLER – AS MINNESOTA WILD FACE ANAHEIM DUCKS SUNDAY AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN. NBC Sports Group (January 5, 2017). Retrieved on January 28, 2017.
  2. NBC SPORTS GROUP TO AIR 105 NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES IN 2015-16. NBC Sports Group (July 27, 2015). Retrieved on May 7, 2016.
  3. 3.0 3.1 NBC SPORTS GROUP SCHEDULED TO AIR RECORD NUMBER OF NHL REGULAR-SEASON GAMES IN 2016-17. NBC Sports Group (July 21, 2016). Retrieved on July 25, 2016.
  4. NBC SPORTS GROUP SCHEDULED TO AIR NEARLY 100 NHL REGULAR SEASON GAMES IN 2017-18. NBC Sports Group (July 31, 2017). Retrieved on July 31, 2017.
  5. NBC SPORTS SCHEDULED TO AIR RECORD 109 GAMES DURING 2018-19 NHL REGULAR SEASON. NBC Sports Group (August 13, 2018). Retrieved on August 13, 2018.

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