Root Sports, MSGN Drop the Puck Early

RSNs to Televise Penguins' Scrimmage, Rangers' Training Session

The lockout-shortened 2013 NHL season doesn’t face off until Saturday, but regional sports services Root Sports and MSG Network will give viewers a jump on the campaign.

Root Sports on Jan. 16 will drop the puck at 7 p.m. on the Penguins’ “Black & Gold” scrimmage at Consol Energy Center. During this contest, Paul Steigerwald will provide play-by-play, Bob Errey the color analysis and talk with coach Dan Bylsma from between the benches, and Dan Potash will interview the Penguins players.  In addition, Penguins CEO and president David Morehouse and executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero will also be spotlighted during the game.

For its part, MSG Network and MSG + will provide New York Rangers' fans with a two-hour look in at the club’s training camp session on Jan. 17 at 11 a.m. The program was originally scheduled for Wednesday, January 16 at the same time.

Hosted by Al Trautwig, Rangers Training Camp Live, which will encore at 9 p.m., will feature interviews with players and coaches and analysis from MSG’s Rangers teams, including Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti, John Giannone, Dave Maloney and Kenny Albert, as Broadway Blueshirts fans get their first look at the 2013 Rangers team.

At 8 p.m., MSG Networks’ weekly show, Hockey Night Live, will make its season debut. Hosted by Trautwig, the show’s panel of Maloney, Billy Jaffe and Ken Daneyko will take an in-depth look at the Rangers, Devils, Islanders and Sabres, as well as the rest of the NHL, and break down the upcoming season.