Oh, Now For Real, Here’s What the NHL/NBC Schedule Will Probably Look Like

Jan. 1, 1PM
Philadelphia vs. Boston

Jan. 17, 12:30 PM
Detroit vs. Chicago

Jan. 24, 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia

Jan. 31, 12:30 PM
Detroit vs. Pittsburgh

Feb. 7, 12:30 PM
Pittsburgh vs. Washington

Mar. 7, 12:30 PM
Boston vs. Pittsburgh 

Mar. 14, 12:30 PM
Philadelphia vs. NY Rangers

Mar. 21, 12:30 PM
NY Rangers vs. Boston

Apr. 4, 12:30 PM
Detroit vs. Philadelphia

Apr. 11, 1PM ET
Detroit vs. Chicago 

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14 Responses to Oh, Now For Real, Here’s What the NHL/NBC Schedule Will Probably Look Like

  1. Joel says:

    Your guesses are like mine, except I have DET-CHI on March 7, and BOS-WSH on April 11. But now that I think of it, they’ll want PIT on 4 times so your guess is more likely.

  2. Mike L. says:

    What???? No Thrashers games on NBC??? What about the Lightning??? Seriously, even the Wild got on NBC last year….

    j/k

  3. Bryan says:

    Sounds about right. God forbid they show a game that doesn’t include the Rangers/Flyers/Caps/Pens/Wings/Hawks. Though it looks like they’re now adding the Bruins into that exclusive list of teams.

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  6. Eric says:

    Agreed that the selection of teams could be a little wider, but still, there’s going to be ten weeks of games, and the most exciting player in the league, Alex Ovechkin, is only likely to be on NBC once. (Less times than the Rangers!?)

    Good scheduling, NHL and NBC! Way to build for the future!

  7. Jason says:

    Wow… Don’t branch out of the East Coast teams NBC… There are teams further West than Detroit and Chicago… What a joke. Teams like the Sharks and Ducks get shafted by NBC (and Versus). It’s rather sad.

  8. Caps Nut says:

    Canadian Diving Team Captain Lowblow Secondary Assist Cindy Crosby on only four weeks in a row?

    Are you sure that’s not a little low???

  9. NBC is a joke says:

    What a joke! 10 games and 7 teams listed. No one else is worthy. Can’t tell who NBC is trying to win over.

  10. nash says:

    Good schedule…except for the Rangers of course. I have to laugh at those people that ask…where are the Ducks and Kings or whoever. Look at those teams local TV ratings…they have no fans. Worst ratings ever were Ottawa vs Anaheim Final. You will never see them on national TV unless they make the SC Final. Please get that thru your heads.

  11. Jason says:

    Nash… It’s funny they have no fans on a national audience. Maybe because they never get a game so no one on the East Coast can see how real hockey is played. It’s pathetic that NBC can only put 7 teams in 10 games. What a waste of airing hockey. No one wants to see the same teams over and over again. Usually I watch hockey just to watch it but this year I’m not going to dignify NBC and their cruddy schedule by watching it.

  12. Ricky Muncie says:

    Wow. Every game has one of Red Wings, Penguins, Rangers, or Flyers. Some even have two of those teams. I didn’t realize the NHL only has four teams in its league.

  13. Keith says:

    If NBC was smart, they would have Caps-Hawks on March 14th instead of Flyers-Rangers. Then, they can show any of Caps-B’s, Wings-Hawks, Rangers-Flyers on April 11th and not get caught with a meaningless game that will get a 0.5 rating against the Masters.

  14. Danimal says:

    They don’t do West Coast games in part because they have golf at 3:00 ET on several of these weeks, in particular the stretch leading up to the Masters. So they have to do 12:30 games, and it’s just pretty unlikely that you’d have many people watching at 9:30 AM PT, regardless of team.

    NBC knows this, so they take Eastern and Central teams. Coincidental or not, most of those teams account for the NHL’s best ratings in the U.S.

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