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Download the new NBC Sports Scores app

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The NBC SPORTS SCORES app is a new way to engage, read and watch all of the content across our platforms.

Available on iOS and Android, the NBC SPORTS SCORES app has up-to-date scores, standings, schedules, podcasts, access to NBC Sports radio content, and more.

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If you want to stay on top of the breaking news stories and read all of the analysis, this app has you covered.

Click on the links below to download the brand new NBC SPORTS SCORES app via iTunes and Google Play.

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Winter Classic 2019: Reimagining Blackhawks, Bruins as football teams

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NBC’s coverage of the 2018-19 NHL season continues with the 2019 Winter Classic between the Boston Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks. Coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET from Notre Dame Stadium. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

The Chicago Blackhawks and Boston Bruins will play in the 11th NHL Winter Classic on Tuesday at Notre Dame Stadium. To add a little bit more football flavor to the event, NBC Sports teamed up with The Barn Creative to create these unique uniforms for both teams.

So what if the Blackhawks and Bruins were football teams? Here’s what they would look like and The Barn Creative explains how they came up with the designs:

The Barn Creative

The Blackhawks

“Anyone who knows sports design knows that when you say Chicago Blackhawks a couple key things come to mind. That killer primary logo, one of the coolest secondary logos in sports, and stripes. This Winter Classic the Hawks are going all monotone which out of the gate is a design challenge.

“The double striped yoke was a simple key. We know we needed to have that clean and upfront to be recognized as this years Winter Classic jersey. From there is where it got interesting. The striping pattern on the arms was too complex for football, so we brought them to the body. Stripes through the chest ala the jerseys from the 40’s – 50’s, but cutting it off inside an under arm panel made this a nice, clean, and modern touch. The secondary logo goes to the arm, because it it too cool not to have. In the pants we wanted to bring back the Chicago Flag Stars because it is such a nice touch for local fans. At The Barn we don’t think enough NHL teams are doing this properly. Nashville does it well, but that is almost it.

“For the helmet we wanted to show off one of the best logos in sports in an oversized look. Center stripe taken from the sock pattern makes this clean and intentional. The small pops of red in the brackets and gloves really bring this home for us as an overall look. Inside the gloves we have another touch to the Chicago Flag but with Blackhawks flare. Each cup win is inside the stars and the Madhouse line coming replacing the flag paneling.”

The Barn Creative

The Bruins

“Boston was a little more challenging in realms of not simply cloning the jersey. And as we dove deeper into the project it became clear that the side solution was that we were creating a replacement for those awful Steelers jerseys from a couple years back.

“The arm pattern on the Bruins Winter Classic jersey actually looks beautiful on a football uniform. Once we realized it didn’t make the whole thing look like a bumble bee we were off to the races. For the sake of this project we went with the Big Winter Classic logo on the chest again breaking the football norm, but it’s a fun project so lets have some fun. (Yes we did make an entirely different uniform based off the Bruins 1930’s uniform when they actually had a number on the chest and B on the arm, it looked good, but not challenging enough.) We added the small number in the left chest because without it the jersey seemed to plain. The tail striping was translated into a yellow belt to round it out.

“The Bruins have yet to release a full uniform shot so we got to take a couple more liberties with the rest of the design. Much like the Blackhawks a couple things come to mind when you think of the Bruins, and for us you have to have yellow socks. We took the bottom half of this uniform and did an homage to the history of the team. Big Bold white pant stripe from the classic Bobby Orr days, but with the Stanley Cup Shamrocks inlayed in it. Then a sock pattern inspired by the bolder stripes of the Ray Bourque era (we know there is a yellow space, but it didn’t look right without it)

“The helmet is an amalgamation of both the team history and the 2019 Winter Classic jersey. Center stripe pattern and large B for the 2019 outdoor game, but the modern angled design of the yellow paying tribute to those classic yellow socks. We always thought we would have a black Bruins helmet, anything else seemed weird until we saw it in white. That clean white with the yellow and brown make it look like a whole uniform and really clean classic “kit” from 1940’s college football.  We had some fun with the gloves. Big, Bold, “617”. We had silly designs with Chowder, Beantown, or Dirty Water references – but didn’t seem right for an original 6 team.

“Here is to the 2019 Winter Classic teams and ‘The Rink that Rockne Built.'”

[WATCH LIVE – COVERAGE BEGINS AT 1 P.M. ET – NBC]

Mike Tirico will host the network’s Winter Classic pre-game coverage alongside the NHL Live studio team of host Kathryn Tappen, and analysts Mike Milbury, Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick. Six-time Emmy Award-winner and La Fontaine, Ind., native Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member Eddie Olczyk, and ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Notre Dame Stadium.

Avalanche host Penguins as betting favorites on Wednesday NHL odds

Bettors who put stock in back-to-back trends have probably noticed the disparity between the Colorado Avalanche and Pittsburgh Penguins, which could be counterweighted by other factors.

The Avalanche, led by star center Nathan MacKinnon, are -140 moneyline favorites with the Penguins coming back at +115 and the total set at 6.0 goals for Wednesday, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com.

As one might expect with a team that takes its identity from three-time Stanley Cup-winning captain Sidney Crosby, the Penguins, who played on Tuesday and beat the Winnipeg Jets 4-3, are 11-3 the last 14 matchups that were the second game on back-to-back stretches according to the OddsShark NHL Database.

The Avalanche, who won against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, are 5-15 in their last 20 matchups that were the second game on back-to-back stretches. Colorado has been tough on Eastern Conference opponents who come into the Pepsi Center, though, going 11-4 in their last 15 interconference home games.

The Penguins are 10-8-5 this season, which includes a 5-3-3 away record. The Penguins’ offensive potency – Crosby, fellow center Evgeni Malkin and right wing Phil Kessel – is well-established but defensive issues have cropped up this season. The Penguins come into this matchup against one of the league’s highest-scoring teams with just eight goals against across their last four games, which is too small of a sample to base any firm conclusions.

With starting goalie Matt Murray (lower-body injury) sidelined, Pittsburgh is now riding with the young tandem of Casey DeSmith and Tristan Jarry. With DeSmith having handled the Winnipeg game, Jarry is likely to get the call for what would be only his second start of the season.

The Avalanche are 15-6-4, including a 5-2-2 record at home and a 9-0-4 mark as the moneyline favorite. Right wing Mikko Rantanen and MacKinnon are 1-2 in NHL scoring and are a major reason that Colorado is 7-0-1 over its last eight games, as well as being tied for first in power-play efficiency at 30.4 percent (the Penguins are seventh at 25.0 percent). 

Colorado’s balance is a concern as its needs more secondary production from the forward lines that are typically centered by Alex Kerfoot, Carl Soderberg and J.T. Compher, but as a collective they should be able to pressure Pittsburgh’s defensemen with their speed.

Semyon Varlamov was in goal for Colorado on Tuesday, so it would stand to reason that Philipp Grubauer would get the call for this interconference matchup. Grubauer has a 5-1-2 record with a 3.07 goals-against average and .907 save percentage.

The total has gone UNDER in four of the Penguins’ last six games when they played the previous day. The total has gone OVER in six of the Penguins’ last eight regular-season road games as a moneyline underdog. The total has gone OVER in nine of the Avalanche’s last 13 games when they played the previous day.

For more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week’s top sports betting news check out the OddsShark podcast with Jon Campbell and Andrew Avery. Subscribe on iTunes or Spotify or listen to it at OddsShark.libsyn.com.

Watch first episode of ‘Desert Gold,’ NBC Sports’ digital series about the Vegas Golden Knights

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NBC Sports examines the improbable first-year success of the Vegas Golden Knights and delves into the future of the NHL’s newest franchise with an exclusive digital series entitled Desert Gold presented by MGM Resorts International. Episode 1 debuts across NBCSports.com, YouTube and Facebook Watch on Tuesday, Nov. 27. This is the first-ever digital sports series of which MGM Resorts has been a presenting partner.

The four-episode series chronicles Vegas’ captivating run during last season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and provides an in-depth look at the relationship between Las Vegas tradition and the Golden Knights

You can watch the entire first episode above.

Episode 1 sets the tone for the rest of the series with a thorough look at Vegas’ debut and the relationship between the franchise and the city. Owner Bill Foley, general manager George McPhee, and goaltender Marc-André Fleury, among others, detail one of the most historic runs in recent sports memory. The Golden Knights tallied the most wins, points, home and road victories by a team in its inaugural season in NHL history before falling to the Washington Capitals in the Stanley Cup Final.  

The following is a complete schedule:
November 27: Desert Gold Episode 1
December 4: Desert Gold Episode 2
December 17: Desert Gold Episode 3
December 21: Desert Gold Episode 4

The remaining episodes explore the Golden Knights’ role around the growth of entertainment and business development in Las Vegas; the evolving and unique in-arena experience at T-Mobile Arena, including interviews with members of the pre-game entertainment; and a look at how the Golden Knights continue to build off last season’s record-setting success on the ice.

Brodeur, O’Ree, Bettman lead inductees into Hockey HOF

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TORONTO (AP) — Martin Brodeur, Willie O’Ree and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman led the latest group of inductees to the Hockey Hall of Fame on Monday night.

Brodeur, the all-time leader in goalie wins and shutouts, was joined in the player’s category by Martin St. Louis, Canadian women’s star Jayna Hefford and Russian great Alexander Yakushev. Bettman and O’Ree – the NHL’s first black player – went into the Hall as builders.

A three-time Stanley Cup champion and four-time Vezina Trophy winner with the New Jersey Devils, Brodeur won 691 games and had 125 shutouts in his 20 seasons.

”This is a really special day for me,” Brodeur said. ”I’m honored and humbled.”

A two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada, Brodeur shares or owns 12 NHL records.

”He competed with a smile on his face,” said Devils teammate and class of 2013 inductee Scott Niedermayer. ”He just embraced the big challenge. He wasn’t overwhelmed.”

O’Ree became the first black player in the NHL when he was called up by the Boston Bruins to play against the Montreal Canadiens on Jan. 18, 1958. The 83-year-old, who had a long career in the minors, played just 45 games in the NHL, but returned to the fold in 1996 as a league ambassador.

”All I wanted to be was a hockey player,” O’Ree said. ”All I needed was the opportunity.”

O’Ree is the third black player in the Hall, joining former Edmonton Oilers goalie Grant Fuhr and Canadian women’s national team captain Angela James.

During Bettman’s 25-year tenure, the league has expanded from 24 to 31 teams with annual revenues ballooning tenfold to around $5 billion.

”Everyone knows that my public appearances get an energetic reaction,” Bettman joked during his speech. ”I get booed when I present the Stanley Cup, particularly to a road team, but even from the home team, and at the draft.

”Tonight should erase any claim that election to the Hockey Hall of Fame is a popularity contest. Rather, I hope that my induction is a testament to what is clearly a collective contribution.”

While the NHL has seen incredible growth during Bettman’s time at the helm, he’s also overseen three lockouts, including one that wiped out the entire 2004-05 season, with another work stoppage looming as early as 2020. Olympic participation and how the league has dealt with concussions have been among some of the other issues where criticism has been directed his way. Like former NHL presidents Clarence Campbell and John Ziegler, Bettman was enshrined while still in the top job.

St. Louis went from undrafted free agent to Hart Trophy winner and two-time scoring champion with the Tampa Bay Lightning, including a Cup victory in 2003-04.

”For all the kids out there listening: follow your dreams,” St. Louis said. ”Believe in yourself. When it seems like all of the doors are closing, look for a window and find a way in.

”The reason that some people don’t reach their full potential is that they quit too soon.”

The 5-foot-8 St. Louis is one of just six undrafted players to reach 1,000 points and was on Canada’s men’s Olympic team that won gold in 2014.

”His desire was infectious,” said 2017 inductee Dave Andreychuk, who captained the Lightning to their Cup victory in 2004. ”His compete level was like no other.”

Hefford won four Olympic gold medals and seven world championships playing for Canada. The sixth woman to enter the Hall, she had 157 goals and 134 assists in 267 games for her country.

Yakushev starred for the USSR in the 1972 Summit Series, scoring seven goals to tie Canada’s Phil Esposito and Paul Henderson for the lead in the best-on-best showcase. He won Olympic gold in 1972 and 1976 and was elected to the International Ice Hockey Federation Hall of Fame in 2003.

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