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National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:32 pm
 

By Brian Stubits

So the national television game schedules were released by the NHL on Thursday, and all in all it's what you would expect. It features a lot of the Red Wings, Bruins, Capitals, Flyers, Blackhawks, Rangers and Penguins -- the usual suspects.

It's clear why they are on the tube so much. They have earned it with their play on the ice and the fan support off it. It's only smart business for a league that is the lowest of the USA's four major sports leagues in interest and viewership.

But how about the teams making the fewest appearance? It's some of what you'd expect. The Columbus Blue Jackets, at this point, will not grace the networks of NBC or Versus (or whatever the station will be named this season), not even once. The Florida Panthers will be seen nationwide on one occasion -- a date with the Penguins. Those are pretty understandable. It would be nice to see a little more of them, but it makes sense. They are rebuilt rosters, but have been bad for some time and don't exactly have large followings (we're being kind).

Next on the list, though, is the Nashville Predators. The Preds will be seen on national TV just twice. The only thing against the Preds is that they are in a small, southern market. But the quality of the team warrants a few more games than this. It's possible they will get flexed onto national coverage late in the season, but either way, it's a shame they are being left out save two games. After all, the Predators did make it into the second round of the playoffs last season, hockey's equivalent of the Elite Eight.

While upset, the people over at the Section 303 blog, a Predators destination, aren't surprised by the stiff.

Staying in the Western Conference, the Minnesota Wild will get quite a bit more air time despite not making the playoffs for the third straight season last year. In all, the Wild will be broadcast from sea to shining sea 10 times.

Here are the U.S. channel schedules, starting with NBC. I hope you like the Keystone State battles. (Source: NHL.com)

NBC schedule
Day Date Visitor Home Eastern time Notes
Fri. 11/25 Detroit Boston 1 p.m. N/A
Mon. 1/2 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia 1 p.m. Winter Classic
Sat. 1/14 Chicago Detroit 12:30 p.m. N/A
Sun. 1/22 Boston Philadelphia 3 p.m. N/A
Sun. 1/22 Washington Pittsburgh 3 p.m. N/A
Sun. 2/12 Washington N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 2/12 Philadelphia Detroit 7:30 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 2/19 Pittsburgh Buffalo 12:30 p.m. N/A
Sun. 2/19 San Jose Detroit 12:30 p.m. N/A
Sun. 2/19 St. Louis Chicago 3 p.m. N/A
Sun. 2/19 Boston Minnesota 3 p.m. N/A
Sun. 3/4 Boston N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 3/4 Philadelphia Washington 7 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 3/11 Los Angeles Chicago 7 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 3/11 Boston Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 3/18 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 3 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 3/18 Washington Chicago 7 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 4/1/ Boston N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 4/1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sat. 4/7 Buffalo Boston 3 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sat. 4/7 Washington N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sat. 4/7 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 4 p.m. NBC/VS Flex
Sun. 4/7 Chicago Detroit 4 p.m. NBC/VS Flex

Now here's the full schedule for Versus/NBC Sports Network.

Finally, here's how it will go on the NHL Network.

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Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:57 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

no sympathy for the Devils either 



Since: Nov 25, 2006
Posted on: September 15, 2011 11:53 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

Very sensible and fairly logical for the league without diluting the slots with meaningless games. The league needs ratings for these games, more so than most other televised sports. Sure a team like Tampa Bay or Nashville deserves exposure, but let's face the facts, how many people in florida will be watching hockey (or even care theres a game on) during a saturday in March? At least its still winter for the rest of the country and people stuck in cold cities deserve it and make the broadcasts more worthwhile.. benefits the league and fans much better



Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: August 19, 2011 1:48 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

Everybody has a gazillion channels these days, if you want to catch your team..it's not hard to do so.



Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: August 19, 2011 11:10 am
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

It's Tampa dude, no one will watch it, so they don't play them on TV.



Since: Sep 7, 2006
Posted on: August 19, 2011 10:47 am
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

That is terrible, the Lightning are one of the best teams to watch with top notch players and are coming off an amazing run.  I love the original 6 but in order for the NHL to grow the nation needs to embrace all teams, especially the really good ones who don't happen to be located in a huge market, just like the Lightning.



Since: Nov 15, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:00 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

After making the conference finals last year, not one Tampa Bay Lightning game. Whatever! You Northeast biased jagoffs!!!!!




Since: May 24, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:52 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

The L.A. Kings are on just once after being proclaimed contenders for the Stanley Cup this year?  I understand some of the other teams being shown more times, but isn't it going to be funny when some of those teams struggle while the Kings play well.



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: August 18, 2011 9:17 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

I wouldn't say much of a respectful shedule shown on TV....same ole typical broadcast. They only show 1 St. Louis Blues game, 1 Minnesota Wild, 1 LA Kings & 0 Nashville Preds in Western Conf but Eastern Conf gets the major boost??? BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO



Since: Jan 19, 2008
Posted on: August 18, 2011 7:56 pm
 

National TV schedule is out; light on Predators

Love the lineup, love the matchups. Good to see the top market teams get the top billing. Its like every other sport where the top markets dominate the national games. No one complains when the Bills or Cardinals get no love in the NFL; the Clippers or Bucks in the NBA or the Marlins and Royals in MLB. Of course, all these teams stink so there is no reason to cry for the Blue Jackets or Panthers. The Predators do have a gripe as they are definitely an up an coming squad, but their market in Nashville is obviously the deterrent for showing them nationally.

Kudos to the NHL for doing things right and showing the teams everyone wants to see.


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