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NHL on NBC Game of the Week 2011 schedule

Aug 25, 2010, 2:32 PM EST

This is it. This is what you’ve been waiting for all summer long, you’re first real warning signal that yes, hockey is back. Today the NHL released their national television schedule and part of that, of course, means sharing with you all what NBC will be covering this year.

This year, NBC is doing things a little differently and making it easier to build your schedule around. For the first time ever, the NHL Game of the Week on NBC will start at 12:30 pm ET and for the fourth year in a row, NBC will be making the use of “flex scheduling.”

This means that 13 days ahead of time, we’ll know just who will be playing in the NBC NHL Game of the Week. NBC’s coverage of the NHL will kick off on New Year’s Day with the 2011 Bridgestone Winter Classic from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh between the Capitals and the Penguins. But you knew that already. Which other games will be up for grabs? Buckle up because here we go.

Sun. Jan. 23

Philadelphia @ Chicago 12:30 PM

Florida @ New Jersey 12:30 PM

Buffalo @ N.Y Islanders 12:30 PM

Sun. Feb. 6

Pittsburgh @ Washington 12:30 PM

St Louis @ Tampa Bay 12:30 PM

Sun. Feb. 13

Boston @ Detroit 12:30 PM

Pittsburgh @ N.Y. Rangers 12:30 PM

Los Angeles @ Philadelphia 12:30 PM

Sun. Feb. 20

Washington @ Buffalo 12:30 PM

Pittsburgh @ Chicago 12:30 PM

Detroit @ Minnesota 12:30 PM

Philadelphia @ N.Y. Rangers 12:30 PM

Sun. Mar. 06

Philadelphia @ N.Y. Rangers 12:30 PM

Buffalo @ Minnesota 12:30 PM

Sun. Mar. 13

Chicago @ Washington 12:30 PM

Los Angeles @ Dallas 12:30 PM

Sun. Mar. 20

N.Y. Rangers @ Pittsburgh 12:30 PM

New Jersey @ Columbus 12:30 PM

Sun. Apr. 03

N.Y. Rangers @ Philadelphia 12:30 PM

Minnesota @ Detroit 12:30 PM

Tampa Bay @ Chicago 12:30 PM

Sun. Apr. 10

Detroit @ Chicago 12:30 PM

Boston @ New Jersey 12:30 PM

Dallas @ Minnesota 12:30 PM

Pittsburgh @ Atlanta 12:30 PM

One special day where things will be different coverage-wise will be February 20th, Hockey Day in America. On the 20th, NBC will be doing regional coverage of the games. This means, depending on where you live, you’ll get to see the game that most affects your area. With four games dropping the puck at 12:30 PM ET, Hockey Day in America is going to go off with a bang. We’ll have more details about NBC’s hand in Hockey Day in America when they’re released but holy cow what a day that’s going to be.

For those of you keeping track (and I know you will) the teams break down this way for the maximum number of times they could appear on NBC’s Game of the Week.

Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and N.Y. Rangers – 5 times

Detroit  and Minnesota – 4 times

Washington, Buffalo, and New Jersey – 3 times

Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles , and Tampa Bay – 2 times

Atlanta, Florida, N.Y. Islanders, Columbus, and St. Louis – 1 time

While not all of these teams will get the chance to appear on NBC, this makes for an incredible cross-section of teams across the United States. While everyone will have New Year’s Day circled on their calendar for the Winter Classic, February 20th becomes a must-see date for fans across the country as well.

  1. Drewski - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:22 PM

    I like how they act like they dont know which ones they will play on NBC. They will play the same 4 match ups they have been playing the last two years and any team west of Chicago or south of Washington is screwed.

  2. Derek - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:23 PM

    Uh they’ve been showing 1230 GoW on NBC for a few seasons now

  3. Matt - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:38 PM

    OK, so NBC is the network of NHL teams in the northeastern U.S.
    Which networks will be televising games for teams in Canada, the south, and the western U.S.?

  4. David Triplett - Aug 25, 2010 at 3:51 PM

    Why are there no Canadian teams? Didn’t Canada invent the game? How can you have a “game of the week” in hockey without Montreal, Toronto, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Los Angeles, or Anaheim?

  5. Lady B - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:03 PM

    David Triplett, it’s all about ratings. NBC is all about primetime. No they are not going to put Canadian teams because most people watching will be in Canada, and the ratings from Canada don’t count. However, you shouldn’t be pissed. Watching a NHL game televised on CBC is much more enjoyable than watching it on NBC.

  6. GLR54 - Aug 25, 2010 at 4:53 PM

    Whoopie……. if it’s anything like last year, I dreaded the game of the week and it only being televised on NBC. The coverage sucked and the announcers were decidedly biased in every game.

  7. What the - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:06 PM

    I was wondering about the no Canadian teams as well until I noticed these are all Sunday matinee games. All the Canadian teams will be on HNIC the night before on CBC.

  8. Not again - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    SURPRISE US NBC! FEB. 6TH IS PENS-CAPS, SHOW THE BLUES GAME INSTEAD!!!!!!!!!!!! PENS-CAPS DON’T NEED TO BE ON NATIONAL TV TWICE!

  9. San Jose Cup Crazy - Aug 25, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Well, the eventual Stanley Cup Champion doesn’t get to play on NBC this year, huh? Good thing they got Columbus, Tampa Bay and Florida on their schedule! ;-)

  10. Lorenzo - Aug 25, 2010 at 10:52 PM

    Just like ESPN, NBC has decided to ignore us west coast NHL viewers and have us prevent our teams (lifelong suffering Kings fan here) from hosting a home game on an over-the-air national television network. What? 3 pm Eastern is “too late” for you guys at the network? Spare me the excuse. I get annoyed and tired of the stupid east coast people who complain during baseball season that “10 pm is too late for us to watch a west coast team play.” Well, stupid, that’s your damn fault for living on the east coast in the first place. Move out here and you get all the games done by 10 pm or earlier (sometimes later but its not like any of your east coast games end early anyways). Anyhow, good job NBC, make us have breakfast just to watch hockey instead of opening up a cold one. Can’t blame the NHL for this since they have no control over what time and network you guys want to have.

  11. kevin - Aug 26, 2010 at 12:41 PM

    I’m still amazed at all the clowns that want to see the Ducks or Oilers or Coyotes or Preds on NBC…..NBC wants RATINGS! No one wants to watch those teams except you bozos. Do you see ABC/NBA showing the Memphis Grizzlies or NJ Nets…? Ah…NO! Does FOX/MLB show the Kansas City Royals or Florida Marlins??? NO! The networks show the big cities with the best teams. That equals ratings! Stop whining…PLEASE!

    • bigrevkev55 - Jan 23, 2011 at 10:42 AM

      Why are you amazed that we want to see our favorite teams. I understand why the Preds will never be the game of the week but it doesn’t make me a clown or bozo for asking for it. In fact by voicing that I want to see the Preds lets the execs know that there may be an audience for them. It probably won’t help but if I say nothing then everyone will keep thinking that there is no market for hockey in Nashville, when in fact there is. It is a great hockey city. We love the Preds, sell out many games, always meet the attendance minimum for revenue sharing.

  12. ManUtd - Aug 29, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Well I’m guessing there are no Canadian teams because they don’t usually play on Sunday afternoons. The Nucks and Habs each have one early Sunday game and at least the Nucks one is at 2 PST. I assume the other four teams are similar. Don’t know though since I don’t follow the Sens or Oils and I despise the Lames and Laffs. Besides, I’m pretty sure at least two Canadian teams (one at 4 and one at 7) are scheduled to play every Saturday for CBC’s HNIC. I think you’d find most Canadians would never watch the game on NBC unless it was the only option. It’s just really sub par coverage.
    I don’t think Canadian teams would bring in good ratings anyways. Isn’t Sunday afternoon coverage more aimed at the super casual fan? Aren’t they the kind of person who would just turn it on to see Crosby, Ovie, the Wings or 20 cent and Toews? The amazing thing is that they’re even bothering to pretend they might air the Tampa game over the Pens v Caps one.

  13. Scarletcat - Sep 12, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    I agree totally with those that have said the NBC coverage is a joke. That’s perhaps kind. You cover hockey like football or baseball with horrible stupid time filling stories and announcers that are not just biased but talk about anything but what is on the ice. You know there’s an audience because of the Olympics. That means, look for good match ups NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE and your audience will come and build.
    Oh yeah, I’ll be watching games, just will not be on the peacock network.

  14. Mutuelle santé - Sep 27, 2010 at 8:48 AM

    Thanks for the full list of matches, it`s very helpfull, i already downloaded to my calendar.

  15. vegas54 - Feb 13, 2011 at 12:49 AM

    I can never forgive NBC for discontinuing the 2008 Eastern Conference Final game 6 OT for pre-race coverage of the Kentucky Derby – that’s PRE-race, sappy, buildup coverage of a 90-sec horsie run when the Ottawa-Buffalo series was about to end. As far as I am concerned NBC, go ahead and show the irrelevant American big-market teams while I continue to ignore you.
    Go Canes, Nucks, Yotes, Thrashers, Ducks, and all the other teams NBC disrespects with their lopsided sched.

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