What the Hell, Let’s Have an Open Thread For Hockey on TV

Kraft Hockeyville – NY Islanders vs. Vancouver, 10:30 PM ET

National TV (US/CAN): NHL Network (HD), CBC (Tape Delay)

Regional TV (NYI): MSG Plus (HD)

Regional TV (VAN): Rogers Sportsnet Pacific (HD), Canucks.com

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Come hang out here with us at In Lou We Trust.  Cheers to Fischer and Tibbs for inviting me.

Local TV Roundup: 2 Weeks Worth of TV Updates

Teams covered in previous weeks: Los Angeles, Washington, Calgary, Minnesota, Columbus, Toronto, Montreal.

Today’s Roundup:

  • The Atlanta Thrashers have 61 games on local TV, while none will air on VERSUS.  The more important information is that TV voice JP Delacamera will not return to the team’s booth.  One has to think that his duties as the voice of soccer in the United States proved just too prohibiting.  Matt McConnell, the team’s voice on TV during the 99-00 and 02-03 seasons, will return to SportSouth and FS South’s booths with Darren Eliot.
  • The noatbly snubbed by VERSUS Carolina Hurricanes have 65 of their 82 games on FS Carolinas, which is unacceptable for that fanbase, but whatever.  These teams need to discover for themselves that a larger presence on local TV is such a valuable promotional tool.
  • The Chicago Blackhawks are a team that recognizes this.  I know, right!  The Hawks, for the 2nd year in a row, will have all 82 games on TV (in HD) via CSN Chicago, local outlet WGN, VERSUS and NBC.  54 games are on the Comcast network, while 17-20 (depending on NBC’s Game of the Week picks) will air on WGN, almost exclusively on weekends.  CSN will also air a pre-season game, “Classic” Hawks matchups from last year’s playoff run, and coverage of the team’s training camp festival.
  • The Stars, strangely enough, have 81 games potentially on local TV.  70 will air on FS Southwest and FS Southwest+.  All home telecasts and select road games will be in high definition.  Five games air on VERSUS, while one is a potential NBC game, with no back-up plan when it isn’t chosen.  However, the season’s last game vs. Minnesota is listed as “TBD”.  This needs to change, as it could be Mike Modano’s final NHL game.  We hope the Stars will rectify this.
  • The Red Wings quietly post their TV schedule.  Once again, the Red Wings are a model franchise with all 82 games on FS Detroit or FS Detroit+ (in addition to the national networks).  However, no HD plans have been announced as of yet.
  • The Florida Panthers have 73 games on local TV, 2nd most of the Southeast Division teams, plus newsmagazines and a pre-season special.  71 games air on FS Florida, while 1 will air on VERSUS, another on NHL Network and 6 more will be un-blacked out on Center Ice.
  • 68 Ottawa Senators games are on local/national TV.  However, the team does run a pay-per-view service, so we’ll re-visit that when they announce it.
  • Finally, 66 Tampa Bay Lightning games have TV coverage.  Sun Sports will carry 65, while VERSUS airs one.

Your Morning Music Breakdown

So, we came back after a long break.  But we’re recharged.

We have big news today.  About us.  Stuff that will affect this site, sort of.  Maybe.

You’ll hear about that later.  Local TV stuff for Noon-time.

We’re ready to be new again.