NBCSN closer to 80 million homes, Derek Sanderson's new movie

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In the Box is a somewhat regular feature on Puck the Media where we cover some of the stories that aren't necessarily big enough to warrant their own posts, but are within this site's jurisdiction.

* With the new hockey season under way, it's good to check on where the home of hockey in the United States is in terms of penetration into American homes. NBC Sports Network is currently in 77.9 million homes, up nearly 3 million homes from October of 2011 (75.0 million), according to Sports Business Daily. ESPN and ESPN2 remain tops among sports networks, currently in 98.5 million households. For those who might be curious, the NHL Network does not subscribe to regular Nielsen ratings, so their numbers are not available.

* NBC used Kenny Albert as a play-by-play man for the first time this season on last night's Detroit-Columbus broadcast. Albert has to be the only man on Earth simultaneously employed by ESPN (for Rangers radio), Fox (for MLB/NFL) and NBC (for hockey) at the same time. For the rest of the week, Dave Strader and Brian Engblom will call Flyers-Devils tonight, while NBC's A-team of Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk and Pierre McGuire will unite for the first time this season when the Rangers host the Bruins on NBCSN's first "Rivalry Wednesday".

* Speaking of those "Rivalry Wednesday" promos: they are very good, and they look impressive with the AC/DC song and the clever editing and whatnot. Here's my one little complaint: the Devils/Rangers rivalry is highlighted multiple times during the spot, yet the Devils and Rangers do not play on Wednesday at all this season, and aren't currently even scheduled to play on NBC Sports Network once this season. Flex scheduling could bring them to the network twice in late April, but those games would air on Sundays. I'm all for promoting the fun that is Devils/Rangers, but there's something to be said for truth in advertising.

* Surely, NBC's Emmy-winning, lead NHL play-by-play man Mike "Doc" Emrick is glad to return to professional hockey. Before he returns to the NHL full time, however, he'll work one more unique event. Emrick will be the host for NBC's coverage of the United States Figure Skating Championships this weekend. The network's coverage will air on NBC on Saturday and Sunday afternoons, as well as Saturday in primetime. Let's all just hope Doc avoids calling Scott Hamilton "Panger."

* One of the legendary Boston Bruins will get his own movie. Doug Atchison (Akeelah and the Bee) is attached to direct Turk: The Movie, a biopic about the life of former Bruins star Derek Sanderson. Edward Burns is slated to play Sanderson's father in the film, which is based on Sanderson's recent book, Crossing the Line: The Outrageous Story of a Hockey Original. Everyone in the comments: let's cast this thing! Who do you want playing Bobby Orr? Phil Esposito? Or Sanderson himself? Give me some ideas for this one.

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