NHL Net Eschews Weekly HNIC Simulcast For More Balanced (Oct./Nov.) Schedule

Here is the NHL Net schedule for the first two months.  Granted, they have dropped the full HNIC simulcast.  But there will be 24 games broadcast in October and November on the league’s flagship channel.  Honestly, this is just as good (if not better).  You still get to see the HNIC pre-game.  For most weeks, You still get to see Coach’s Corner.  You still get to see Hotstove.  That’s really all you’re afraid of losing.

Instead of getting a late game that will battle for your affections with SNL and sleeping, you get a more spread out schedule of games.  We’re especially curious to see if any of the weekday games (Aside from the ones that are TSN productions) are going to be original NHL Net broadcasts.  We will find out soon, we assume.

The October/November NHL Network Schedule is after the jump.

Oct. 2
7:30
NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh

Oct. 3
12:00
Chicago vs. Florida
3:00 St. Louis vs. Detroit
7:00 Toronto vs. Washington
10:00 Calgary vs. Edmonton

Oct. 7
7:30
Phoenix vs. Pittsburgh

Oct. 8
7:30
Chicago vs. Detroit

Oct. 10
7:00
Pittsburgh vs. Toronto

Oct. 21
8:30
Vancouver vs. Chicago

Oct. 22
7:00
Boston vs. Philadelphia

Oct. 24
7:00
NY Rangers vs. Montreal

Oct. 28
10:30
Los Angeles vs. San Jose

Oct. 29
7:00
Washington vs. Atlanta

Oct. 31
7:00
Toronto vs. Montreal

Nov. 4
7:00
San Jose vs. Columbus

Nov. 5
10:00
Nashville vs. Anaheim

Nov. 7
7:00
Detroit vs. Toronto

Nov. 11
7:00
NY Islanders vs. Washington

Nov. 12
7:30
New Jersey vs. Pittsburgh

Nov. 14
7:00
Calgary vs. Toronto

Nov. 18
7:30
Dallas vs. Detroit

Nov. 20
10:00
Philadelphia vs. San Jose

Nov. 21
7:00
Washington vs. Toronto

Nov. 28
7:00
Washington vs. Montreal

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8 Responses to NHL Net Eschews Weekly HNIC Simulcast For More Balanced (Oct./Nov.) Schedule

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Why not HNIC at all on October 17. They could have chosen New York Rangers at Toronto or Ottawa at Montreal for the 7 PM games…..

    You would think the NHL would want fans in the US to have a one stop place to watch hockey on Saturday nights but it seems not. What this means is that those of us with NHLCI will have to cross our fingers and hope that the HNIC games will be available there. If past history is anything to go by, some weeks they will be there some weeks they won’t be…

    I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that the NHL did something right last year but decided to mess with it….

  2. Keith says:

    It’s good to see NHL Net finally show games involving two American teams for a change. The only reg. season game they showed in the States that had 2 US teams was when Marty broke the record against Chicago. I don’t like seeing no games at all from Oct 11-20, are they taking off for the baseball playoffs?

  3. Thomas Pratt says:

    Steve,

    I enjoy the NHL Network and am really looking forward to this more balanced schedule — HNIC isn’t important to me since I live near the border and can watch on a regular CBC affiliate.. I am wondering, though, if the network will broadcast these games with closed captions. Last year the games didn’t have captions and it was difficult for me to follow the commentary, since I am hard of hearing. I notice over the summer the channel has been broadcasting with captions more and more. I hope that continues into the new season.

  4. leafsfan1967 says:

    >>HNIC isn’t important to me since I live near the border and can watch on a regular CBC affiliate.. .

    I understand Steve but for those of us who aren’t close to the border now have a problem.

    It’s true that NHLCI will have some HNIC games but they probably wont have the programming between the two games and they wont show After Hours. Why would the NHL make a decision which makes sure people who want to see the best hockey coverage in the world on HNIC now can’t see it….

  5. Trizent says:

    NHL Network Canada’s live 2009-10 regular-season broadcast schedule
    ** denotes games on both NHL NET CANADA & USA (Oct-Nov only)

    Friday, Oct. 2 NY Rangers @ Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. ET **
    Friday, Oct. 9 Florida @ Carolina 7 p.m. ET
    Friday, Oct. 16 Atlanta @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET
    Friday, Oct. 23 Florida @ Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Oct. 25 San Jose @ Philadelphia 7 p.m. ET

    Monday, Nov. 2 Los Angeles @ Phoenix 9 p.m. ET
    Tuesday, Nov. 10 Nashville @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
    Thursday, Nov. 12 Dallas @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Nov. 15 San Jose @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

    Tuesday, Dec. 8 Dallas @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Dec. 20 Detroit @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

    Friday, Jan. 1 Atlanta @ Buffalo 7:30 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Jan. 3 Anaheim @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET
    Monday, Jan. 4 Los Angeles @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
    Wednesday, Jan. 6 St. Louis @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
    Tuesday, Jan. 19 Buffalo @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Jan. 24 Dallas @ Colorado 8 p.m. ET

    Tuesday, Feb. 2 Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
    Thursday, Feb. 4 Anaheim @ Los Angeles 10:30 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Feb. 14 Nashville @ Pittsburgh 1 p.m. ET

    Wednesday, Mar. 10 Carolina @ Washington 7 p.m. ET
    Friday, Mar. 12 Pittsburgh @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET
    Friday, Mar. 12 Nashville @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET
    Friday, Mar. 19 Minnesota @ Columbus 7 p.m. ET
    Thursday, Mar. 25 Dallas @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Mar. 28 Colorado @ San Jose 8 p.m. ET
    Monday, Mar. 29 Dallas @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET

    Sunday, Apr. 4 San Jose @ Colorado 8 p.m. ET
    Friday, Apr. 9 Atlanta @ Washington 7 p.m. ET
    Sunday, Apr. 11 Pittsburgh @ NY Islanders 5 p.m. ET

  6. stevelepore says:

    Posted it earlier this week, man.

  7. Trizent says:

    Ya, I realize that, thought a reference in same thread of what both nets are showing would be helpful to reference. Sorry.

  8. nosferatu says:

    Personally, as someone who often isn’t around to watch HNIC on Saturdays, I’m happy to see more weeknight games (of course, having BOTH would be ideal!). Also, I think it is a good decision to have more mid-week games because it means the hockey fan without Center Ice is still engaged most of the week.

    And I do like that more American teams are on NHL Network in the U.S. this year. Versus does such a poor job covering a wide range of teams that this is a chance to catch some of the west coast teams that we otherwise would be almost completely shut out from.

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