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MSG Network to Debut NHL Season-Long Series

The NHL season is up the air. A lock out is greeting fans anticipating preseason play. With no end in sight, MSG Network is taking steps to ensure viewers don’t have to live without NHL programming.

MSG is launching a new series, The Essential Games, a “Best of” look back at Rangers and Devils games from last season. It premiers the first Rangers episode Monday at 8 p.m. The initial Devils’ installment is October 13.

The NHL “Plan B” will be shown throughout the entire 2012-13 season, whether or not games are played. It’s a 12-part retrospective for each team.

The series includes both teams’ first round matchups from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In addition, there will be eight episodes of Islanders Best of 2011-12. Host Bill Pidto, analysts Butch Goring and Pat Flatley will review top games of the season. It debuts in October on MSG+.

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