NHL Net US to Air 78 Games This Season

NEW YORK (October 4, 2010) – NHL Network U.S. will televise 78 live games this season, all in HD, with live game action from every NHL Club spread over multiple days a week throughout the regular season. Three “flex” games in addition to the 75 listed below will guarantee viewers get the key matchups with playoff implications. Local blackouts will apply to all live games and game replays.

NHL Network™ U.S. drops the puck on the live 2010-11 NHL® regular-season schedule Saturday, Oct. 9, with a double-header of live games. First up is San Jose Sharks against the Columbus Blue Jackets in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere. That same night, captain Jonathan Toews and the Stanley Cup® Champion Chicago Blackhawks will raise a new banner to the United Center’s rafters before their first home game for the season against the Detroit Red Wings. Other highlights from the NHL Network U.S. broadcast schedule include the last meeting between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals before they go head-to-head in the 2011 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field.

Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 23 and for the third year in a row, NHL Network U.S. will feature acclaimed programming from CBC’s “Hockey Night In Canada” every Saturday starting at 6:30 p.m., ET. Fans in the U.S. will continue to see the 30-minute pre-game show “Hockey Tonight,” followed by an early game from the “HNIC” doubleheader including popular segments “Coach’s Corner” with Don Cherry and Ron MacLean and “The Hotstove.” Post-game of the first match-up will broadcast on the Network in the U.S. until 10 p.m. The late “HNIC” game along with “After Hours,” will be telecast on NHL Network U.S. Sunday afternoons, on tape-delay. The “HNIC” games not televised live on NHL Network U.S. will be available on TV on NHL® Center Ice® and NHL GameCenter LIVE,™ the NHL’s digital subscription programming package.

NHL Network’s flagship show, “NHL On The Fly” will return nightly throughout the season starting on Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET with an Eastern Conference Preview Show. The Western Conference Preview Show will air the following night, Oct. 5, and on Oct. 6, “NHL On The Fly” will take an in-depth look at the 2010 Compuware Premiere games taking place around Europe. On Oct. 7, the “NHL On The Fly” crew will broadcast live from the 2010 NHL Face-Off™ in Dundas Square, Toronto from 4 – 7 p.m., followed immediately by a regular full-length program beginning an hour earlier than usual. “NHL On The Fly” features up-to-the minute hockey information, live look-ins, extended highlights, overtimes and shootouts, real-time scores, interviews, pre- and post-game reports and news conferences. The nightly highlight show is hosted by David Amber and Brian Duff, with expert analysis from a variety of NHL notables including Kevin Weekes, Gary Green, Craig Button, Mike Johnson, Brad May, Bobby Holik and more.

Highlights of the NHL Network U.S. schedule this season include:

• Saturday, Oct. 9 – First up, the Columbus Blue Jackets take on the San Jose Sharks at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere. Later that night, Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and the Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks will raise a new banner to the United Center rafters before going up against Nicklas Lidstrom, Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings.

• Sunday, Oct. 10 – The Boston Bruins and Phoenix Coyotes will open their seasons in Prague as part of the 2010 Compuware NHL Premiere. This will be second of two back-to-back matches between the Bruins and Coyotes in Prague, Czech Republic at O2 Arena.

• Thursday, Oct. 14 –Dallas’ home opener against the Detroit Red Wings featuring former face of the Stars, Mike Modano – who will wear the famed winged wheel for the first time in his old stomping grounds.

• Monday, Nov. 1 – A clash of two Original Six teams with the New York Rangers hosting the Chicago Blackhawks at Madison Square Garden.

• Wednesday, Nov. 24 – It’s a rematch of the 2010 Western Conference Final, with San Jose hosting the Chicago Blackhawks.

• Thursday, Dec. 2 – Dany Heatley makes his return to Ottawa as a member of the San Jose Sharks.

• Thursday, Dec. 23 – Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins travel to Washington to face Alex Ovechkin and the Capitals in a preview of the 2011 Bridgestone / NHL Winter Classic® on New Year’s Day at Heinz Field.

• Friday, Feb. 18 – Rod Brind’Amour will have his number retired in Carolina as the Hurricanes host the 2010 Eastern Conference Champion Philadelphia Flyers.

NHL Network U.S. 2010-11 Live Game Broadcast Schedule

October

Saturday, Oct. 9 Columbus vs. San Jose 3 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 9 Detroit @ Chicago 8:30 p.m. ET

Sunday, Oct. 10 Boston vs. Phoenix 10 a.m. ET

Thursday, Oct. 14 Detroit @ Dallas 8:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 16 Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Oct. 21 Washington @ Boston 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 23 Toronto @ Philadelphia 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Oct. 27 New Jersey @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, Oct. 28 Washington @ Minnesota 8:00 p.m. ET

Friday, Oct. 29 Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Oct. 30 NY Rangers @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

November

Monday, Nov. 1 Chicago @ NY Rangers 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Nov. 3 Toronto @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Nov. 5 Boston @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 6 Buffalo @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 7 Philadelphia @ Washington5 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Nov. 10 Boston @ Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Nov. 10 NY Islanders @ Anaheim 10 p.m. ET

Thursday, Nov. 11 Tampa Bay @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 13 Vancouver @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Nov. 14 Anaheim @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Nov. 18 Tampa Bay @Philadelphia 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Nov. 19 Washington @ Atlanta 7:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 20 Toronto @ Montreal 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Nov. 24 Chicago @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET

Thursday, Nov. 25 Colorado @ Edmonton 9 p.m. ET

Saturday, Nov. 27 Buffalo @ Montreal 7 p.m. ET

Tuesday, Nov. 30 Detroit @ San Jose 10:30 p.m. ET

December

Wednesday, Dec. 1 Washington @ St. Louis 8 p.m. ET

Thursday, Dec. 2 San Jose @ Ottawa 7:30 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 3 Vancouver @ Chicago 8:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 4 Boston @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 5 Calgary @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 10 Montreal @ Detroit 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 11 Montreal @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 12 Washington @ NY Rangers 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Dec. 16 Boston @ Montreal 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Dec. 17 Detroit @ Chicago 8:30 p.m. ET

Saturday, Dec. 18 Toronto @ Vancouver 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Dec. 19 Los Angeles @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Dec. 22 Vancouver @ Detroit 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Dec. 23 Pittsburgh @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

January

Saturday, Jan. 1 Toronto @ Ottawa 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 6 Pittsburgh @ Montreal 7:30 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 12 Washington @ Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m. ET

Friday, Jan. 14 Vancouver @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 15 NY Rangers @ Montreal 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Jan. 16 Nashville @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

Wednesday, Jan. 19 Toronto @ NY Rangers 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Jan. 20 Pittsburgh @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Jan. 22 Washington @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

February

Friday, Feb. 4 Buffalo @ Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Feb. 10 Los Angeles @ Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Feb. 11 Detroit @ Boston 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Feb. 12 Toronto @ Montreal 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Feb. 17 Los Angeles @ NY Rangers7 p.m. ET

Friday, Feb. 18 Philadelphia @ Carolina 8 p.m. ET

Saturday, Feb. 19 Ottawa @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Feb. 24 Dallas @ Detroit 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Feb. 25 NY Rangers @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Feb. 26 Pittsburgh @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Feb. 27 Phoenix @ Chicago 7 p.m. ET

Monday, Feb. 28 Detroit @ Los Angeles 10:30 p.m. ET

March

Thursday, Mar. 3 St. Louis @ Washington 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Mar. 4 Pittsburgh @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Mar. 5 Chicago @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Sunday, Mar. 6 Washington @ Florida 5 p.m. ET

Saturday, Mar. 12 Buffalo @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Mar. 18 Washington @ New Jersey 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Mar. 19 Boston @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

Thursday, Mar. 24 Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia 7 p.m. ET

Friday, Mar. 25 New Jersey @ Pittsburgh 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, Mar. 26 Toronto @ Detroit 7 p.m. ET

April

Saturday, April 2 Toronto @ Ottawa 7 p.m. ET

Saturday, April 9 Montreal @ Toronto 7 p.m. ET

*Schedule subject to change. Three additional games will be added to this schedule and announced at a later date.

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5 Responses to NHL Net US to Air 78 Games This Season

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Three observations.

    1. Why do we have to wait for the third week of the season for HNIC?

    2. No Hocky Day in Canada this year. Just one of the games

    3. In 2011 there’s at least one Saturday with no HNIC game at all.

    Not too encouraging I have to say.

    • Josh says:

      Take comfort, leafsfan, that there are almost no Saturdays where they’ve chosen to air a non-Leafs HNIC game. Which is surprising – you’d think they’d mix it up now and then with a Montreal game.

      • leafsfan1967 says:

        This is true. There are a good number of Leafs games. It’s particularly nice since NHLCI doesn’t show many Canadian games in HD, so the NHL Network is the only game in town….

  2. Rhett says:

    My observations:

    -Between this schedule and the one Versus put out with all the extra games, NHL fans in the U.S. are being given a national schedule of games they deserve in terms of the total number of games. That being said, leafsfan is exactly right. The league needs to make a full effort to show the entire HNIC doubleheader on NHLNUS on Saturday nights (or if you air the second game on Sunday on tape, get rid of the information box at the bottom of the screen) and air the full HDIC which they did last year. And it’s a bit surprising that they decided not to do this this year because I’m guessing with so many weeknight games, there’s going to be plenty of overlap with those Versus bonus games – something which Versus can’t be all too pleased with.

    -I don’t know that people should be upset with them waiting until the 23rd to start HNIC coverage, after all there is that free preview coming of Center Ice and the league probably figures they can air compelling U.S. games during these first two weeks with HNIC die-hards going to the Center Ice channels to find their HNIC fix. That’s fine. And besides, it might earn them a few new subscribers.

    -Ultimately, though, we the fans have to speak up and let the powers that be know what we want in our TV coverage of the league. Here’s hoping the commissioner will hear from us, the fans, letting them know that they are on the right track, but there’s still plenty of improvements they can make.

  3. James L. Kensinger says:

    I agree, my favorite team in the league is of course my home team, the Detroit Red Wings. Now that I don’t live in the Detroit area anymore (through no choice of my own) I can no longer watch my team fight their way to Lord Stanley’s Cup… I have been trying to find a way for me to watch all my Detroit teams in New England to no avail. All the local channels are too wrapped up in their own teams. I even went so far as to add the sports and info package to my cable service and I still can’t watch anything Detroit besides pre-season, and as we all know in the grand scheme they mean nothing. I want my games, I want my Detroit. Can anyone help me??? Is there a way to watch them on the internet? Maybe something I’ve over-looked? If anyone knows a way to do this please e-mail me @ jlk69home@hotmail.com and this being the best season the Lion’s have had in a long time. I still cannot watch…

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