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NHL releases 2012-13 national TV schedule

Aug 30, 2012, 11:33 AM EDT

Shea Weber #6 of the Nashville Predators battles for the puck with Claude Giroux #28 of the Philadelphia Flyers during the second period of an NHL hockey game at the Wells Fargo Center on February 3, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Flyers won 3-2.
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To quote Chief Wiggum, “You just…you couldn’t have picked a worse time.”

Yes, the NHL has released its national television schedule for the 2012-13 season.

With a fairly large asterisk, here’s what the NBC Sports Group (that’s us!) has on tap:

—- Over 100 games on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

—- The Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown pits the Boston Bruins against the New York Rangers on Thanksgiving Friday (Nov. 23).

—- The 2013 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic goes Tuesday, Jan. 1, at Michigan Stadium between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs.

—- A triple-header on Feb. 17 for Hockey Day in America. Two afternoon games on NBC will be followed by an evening game on NBC Sports Network.

The regular season will conclude Saturday, April 13, with 14 games.

Of course, when the regular season commences is the big unknown. But if it does happen to start on Oct. 11 as planned, NBC Sports Network will air a double-header starting with the Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers and followed by the St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche.

The next night, Oct. 12, the Los Angeles Kings will raise their first-ever Stanley Cup banner at the Staples Center. (And if the season doesn’t start on time, the Clippers will have a practice.)

Update: Here’s a link to the full list of games.

Puck Daddy has the individual team breakdowns.

  1. tcclark - Aug 30, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    list anywhere of the 100 games?

  2. mattj2524 - Aug 30, 2012 at 1:00 PM

    A link in the article would have been nice.

    Although the chances of seeing all of these games gets slimmer and slimmer by the day, so all for not probably.

  3. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:17 PM

    Boooooo, no Winnipeg games? The Wild/Jets game would be fantastic.

    • greatminnesotasportsmind - Aug 30, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Only if Winnipeg traveled to St. Paul this year.

      Major blunder by the NHL

  4. lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:19 PM

    Also, I like how NBC’s PHT had to get its own schedule from a different website.

    • Jason Brough - Aug 30, 2012 at 2:31 PM


  5. getadealdonealready - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    Is it blank?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 30, 2012 at 5:18 PM

      No, they took it down already. Was funny while it lasted.

  6. manchestermiracle - Aug 30, 2012 at 9:25 PM

    Maybe the headline should have read, “The list of games next year that won’t take place.”

  7. dannythebisforbeast - Aug 31, 2012 at 1:39 AM

    Is it me or is this a whole new tv deal? NHL wasn’t featured on NBC beginning of last year that I remember. If it is isn’t that a boatload of money the owners are splitting?

  8. bleacherman - Aug 31, 2012 at 4:12 AM

    Noticed only two LA Kings home games shown…wow…why doesn’t NBC Sports like LA?

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Aug 31, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      Yeah, it’s almost like they only like to show teams in the Atlantic and NE divisions or something…

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