Versus Announces Preseason Schedule

Ken from the Fang’s Bites blog with a special guest appearance on the Versus NHL preseason schedule.

Altogether, Versus airs four games in the preseason starting tomorrow with the Toronto at Philadelphia game. To save costs, Versus will pick up the Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia and Comcast SportsNet Chicago broadcasts for the four games it will air this preseason. I hope that’s not a trend for the upcoming season and playoffs as Versus did that as a way to cut corners last season.

So Versus airs four games produced by the Comcast family, however, it will produce its own studio show for the intermissions. This means fans won’t get to hear the teams of Mike Emrick, Ed Olcyzk and Pierre McGuire or Dave Strader and Brian Engblom until the regular season begins.

Here’s the schedule.

VERSUS NHL preseason schedule (all times ET and subject to change):

Wednesday, September 21 — Toronto at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Intermissions: McHugh, Milbury, McGuire

Monday, September 26 — New York Rangers at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Intermissions: McHugh, Jones, McGuire

Wednesday, September 28 — Detroit at Chicago 8:30 p.m.
Intermissions: McHugh, Jones, McGuire

Thursday, September 29 — New Jersey at Philadelphia 7 p.m.
Intermissions: McHugh, Milbury, McGuire

There you have it.

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5 Responses to Versus Announces Preseason Schedule

  1. nosferatu says:

    Apparently they won’t be doing the simulcasts during the playoffs (and maybe very little during the regular season?)–but I wish they would, at least in order to get some doubleheaders on the schedule at least one night a week.

    I know, we’re getting a lot of games, but I like the late-night games. And I’m sure those out west would like some games on in prime time.

    • stevelepore says:

      No simulcasts during the regular season. Remember, Doc/McGuire Mondays, Strader/Engblom Sundays/Tuesdays, Doc/Edzo/McGuire Wednesdays.

      • nosferatu says:

        I was kind of thinking ahead to Sundays in the second half of the season–the “B” game that’s not chosen by NBC and is instead on in primetime on NBC Sports. Maybe a second game for Strader and his crew?

        (This is all kind of inconsequential stuff to talk about now, of course, but this is what happens when the offseason seems endless.)

  2. dyhrdmet says:

    I did read from the Devils beat writer that their game in Philly next week will not be blacked out in the Devils home market.

  3. A Moose says:

    Wednesday’s Flyers game will more than likely be the TCN feed ( well really CSN, but the NL East Champion Phillies are on CSN-PH tonight), so you’d get Jim Jackson and Keith Jones doing pbp and colour and Steve Coates at ice level.

    So I wonder if they’re going to go back to McHugh/Milbury/Mcguire on Versus for open/intermissions and just pick up TCN ?

    The Tuesday Flyers/Leafs feed was from Leafs TV/NHLN. Shown only in Philly on the Comcast Network (TCN) and blacked out on NHLN in Philadelphia.

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