VERSUS/NBC Sports Network NHL Schedule By Day of the Week: Is There An Emphasis On Quality Games For Particular Nights?

This was something I pondered over the weekend. Did certain nights of the VERSUS broadcast week (let’s ignore Thursday, Friday and Saturday, which get only a handful of games at the start and end of the season, and Sunday, which features largely flexed games) get better games than others. We’ll do it fairly simply: List all the games airing on a particular night, and then the percentage of appearances in those games filled by playoff teams.

I’ll also factor in other things: appearances by Canadian teams, appearances by the so-called “NBC Seven,” the teams that typically make up NHL on NBC games:

  • Detroit
  • Chicago
  • Washington
  • Philadelphia
  • Boston
  • NY Rangers
  • Pittsburgh

Here we go.

Mondays

Oct. 10 – Tampa Bay vs. Washington, 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 17 – Colorado vs. Toronto, 7:00 p.m.

Oct. 31 – San Jose vs. NY Rangers, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 7 – NY Islanders vs. Boston, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 14 – Buffalo vs. Montreal, 7:00 p.m.

Nov. 21 – Boston vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 28 – Tampa Bay vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 – Phoenix vs. Chicago, 8:00 p.m.

Dec. 12 – New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.

Dec. 19 – Anaheim vs. Dallas, 8:00 p.m.

Dec. 26 – Dallas vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 2 – San Jose vs. Vancouver, 8:00 p.m.

Jan. 16 – Dallas vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 23 – St. Louis vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 6 – Detroit vs. Phoenix, 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 13 – San Jose vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 20 – Washington vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 27 – New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 5 – Buffalo vs. Winnipeg, 8:00 p.m.

Mar. 12 – Anaheim vs. Colorado, 9:00 p.m.

Mar. 19 – New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 26 – Tampa Bay vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 2 – Washington vs. Tampa Bay, 7:00 p.m.

Games: 23
Appearances: 46
Appearances by 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff teams:
30 (65.2%)
Appearances by Canadian teams: 5 (10.8%)
Appearances by the “NBC Seven”:
13 (28.2%)

Tuesday

Oct. 11 – Florida vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 – Pittsburgh vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 – Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 1 – Anaheim vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 – Carolina vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15 – Colorado vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 22 – Los Angeles vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 29 – Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 6 – Detroit vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 – San Jose vs. Colorado, 9:00 p.m.

Dec. 20 – Chicago vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 27 – St. Louis vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 3 – Detroit vs. Dallas, 8:00 p.m.

Jan. 10 – San Jose vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 – Nashville vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 24 – Minnesota vs. Colorado, 9:00 p.m.

Jan. 31 – Washington vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 7 – Los Angeles vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 14 – Anaheim vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 21 – Detroit vs. Chicago, 8:00 p.m.

Feb. 28 – Los Angeles vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 6 – Minnesota vs. Colorado, 9:00 p.m.

Mar. 13 – Carolina vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 20 – Phoenix vs. Dallas, 8:00 p.m.

Mar. 27 – Tampa Bay vs. Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 4 – Detroit vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Games: 26
Appearances: 52
Appearances by 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff teams: 33 (63%)
Appearances by Canadian teams:
0 (0%)
Appearances by “the NBC Seven”:
18 (34.6%)

Wednesdays

Wednesdays

Oct. 12 – Boston vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2 – Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 9 – Philadelphia vs. Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 16 – New Jersey vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 30 – Tampa Bay vs. Detroit, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 7 – Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 14 – Chicago vs. Minnesota, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 21 – Philadelphia vs. Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 28 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 4 – Boston vs. New Jersey, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 11 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18 – Buffalo vs. Chicago, 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 25 – Detroit vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1 – NY Rangers vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 8 – Boston vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 15 – Boston vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 22 – Los Angeles vs. Colorado, 9:00 p.m.

Feb. 29 – Pittsburgh vs. Dallas, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 7 – Toronto vs. Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 14 – Colorado vs. Buffalo, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 21 – Detroit vs. NY Rangers, 7:30 p.m.

Mar. 28 – Detroit vs. Columbus, 7:30 p.m.

Apr. 4 – Detroit vs. St. Louis, 7:30 p.m.

Games: 23
Appearances: 46
Appearances by 2011 Stanley Cup Playoff teams: 35 (76%)
Appearances by Canadian teams:
3 (6.5%)
Appearances by “the NBC Seven”:
23 (50%)

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Steve Lepore is the Managing Editor of Puck the Media. His work has been featured in The Hockey News. Feel free to contact him at stevemlepore@gmail.com

One Response to VERSUS/NBC Sports Network NHL Schedule By Day of the Week: Is There An Emphasis On Quality Games For Particular Nights?

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Steve:

    How does the Versus Exclusive window work with this new schedule. Does this mean that there will be no other US games on TV at that time and only games involving Canadian teams will be on NHL Center Ice?

    Thanks

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