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NBC to broadcast 70 NHL regular season games

Jan 13, 2013, 8:15 AM EDT

Highlights include Wednesday Rivalry Night and Hockey Day in America.

The 2013 NHL season promises to be a special one on NBC.

The NBC Sports Group will air 70 NHL regular-season games across NBC and NBC Sports Network this season — that includes 14 exclusive windows (15 games) on NBC, setting a record for the most regular-season windows ever for the network.

Some schedule highlights (All times ET):

Opening Week

NBC and NBCSN will carry seven games during the first week of the NHL season, including a Saturday-Sunday doubleheader on opening weekend (Jan. 19-20.)

Date Away   Home                 Time Network
Sat., January 19 Banner Raising 3:00 p.m. NBC
Sat., January 19 Chicago Los Angeles 3:25 p.m. NBC
Sat., January 19 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 3:35 p.m. NBC
Sun., January 20 Philadelphia Buffalo 12:30 p.m. NBC
Sun., January 20 Chicago Phoenix 10 p.m. NBCSN
Mon., January 21 Detroit Columbus 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Tues., January 22 Philadelphia New Jersey 7:30 p.m. NBCSN
Wed., January 23 Boston N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m. NBCSN


Wednesday Rivalry Night

NBC Sports Network has exclusive coverage of special Wednesday night programming, highlighting some of the fiercest rivalries in the league.

Date Away   Home                 Time
January 23 Boston N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
January 30 Chicago Minnesota 8 p.m.
February 6 Boston Montreal 7:30 p.m.
February 13 St. Louis Detroit 7:30 p.m.
February 20 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
February 20 St. Louis Colorado 10 p.m.
February 27 Washington Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
March 6 Colorado Chicago 8 p.m.
March 13 Philadelphia New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
March 20 Minnesota Detroit 7:30 p.m.
March 27 Montreal Boston 7:30 p.m.
April 3 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
April 10 Boston New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
April 17 Buffalo Boston 7:30 p.m.
April 24 Los Angeles Detroit 7:30 p.m.


Hockey Day in America

For the third consecutive year, NBC and NBC Sports Network will dedicate an entire day to the game of hockey. HDIA will feature more than nine hours of coverage, including three games and six teams from some of the most avid U.S. hockey markets.

Time Away   Home              Network
Noon NHL Live NBC
12:30 Pittsburgh Buffalo NBC
3:30 Los Angeles Chicago NBC
6:00 Washington N.Y. Rangers NBC Sports Network


Full Schedule

For the sixth consecutive season, the NHL and NBC Sports Group will utilize flex scheduling, which provides the ability to select from up to four games on Sunday afternoons. At least 13 days prior to the scheduled games, the NHL and NBC will announce which game will air.

NBC 2012-13 NHL regular-season schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Away Home              Time
Saturday, January 19 Chicago Los Angeles 3:25 p.m.
Saturday, January 19 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 3:35 p.m.
Sunday, January 20 Philadelphia Buffalo 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 3 Pittsburgh Washington 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 Los Angeles Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Pittsburgh Buffalo 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Los Angeles Chicago 3:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 Chicago Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 N.Y. Rangers Washington 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 Boston Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 Chicago Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 St. Louis Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 Chicago St. Louis 12:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 New Jersey N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 New Jersey N.Y. Rangers 3 p.m.


NBC Sports Network 2012-13 NHL regular-season schedule (all times ET, subject to change):

Date Away Home Time
Sunday, January 20 Chicago Phoenix 10 p.m.
Monday, January 21 Detroit Columbus 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 22 Philadelphia New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 23 Boston N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 Minnesota St. Louis 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 29 N.Y. Islanders Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30 Chicago Minnesota 8 p.m.
Monday, February 4 Dallas Colorado 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 5 Tampa Bay Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 6 Boston Montreal 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 10 New Jersey Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 11 Los Angeles St. Louis 9 p.m.
Tuesday, February 12 N.Y. Rangers Boston 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 13 St. Louis Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, February 17 Washington N.Y. Rangers 6 p.m.
Tuesday, February 19 San Jose St. Louis 8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 20 St. Louis Colorado 10 p.m.
Sunday, February 24 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Monday, February 25 Dallas Nashville 8 p.m.
Tuesday, February 26 Boston N.Y. Islanders 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27 Washington Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 Montreal Boston 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 4 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 5 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 Colorado Chicago 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 10 Buffalo Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 Philadelphia Boston 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 13 Philadelphia New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 Buffalo Washington 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 18 Philadelphia Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19 Washington Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 20 Minnesota Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 Washington N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 25 Los Angeles Chicago 8 p.m.
Tuesday, March 26 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 Montreal Boston 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 Washington Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 1 Colorado Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 2 Buffalo Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 3 Pittsburgh N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 New Jersey Buffalo 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 9 Chicago Minnesota 8 p.m.
Wednesday, April 10 Boston New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 11 Pittsburgh Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 14 Detroit Nashville 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 15 Dallas Chicago 8 p.m.
Tuesday, April 16 NY Rangers Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 17 Buffalo Boston 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 New Jersey Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 21 St. Louis Colorado 7:30 p.m.
Monday, April 22 Montreal Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 23 Boston Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 24 Los Angeles Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 Pittsburgh New Jersey 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 TBD TBD 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 27 TBD TBD 10 p.m.

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  1. lordfletcher - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Columbus didn’t get much love (not saying they should but…)

    two nationally televised games against Detroit, wow lucky them.

    I feel so bad for the fans in Columbus. I hope you guys get the #1 this year or at least top #4!!!

    • lonespeed - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:17 AM

      Carolina is represented zero times.

      • nessgojetsgo - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Canadian teams are also represented zero times.

        I think every team should be shown at least once

      • nessgojetsgo - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:59 AM

        Also, FWIW, Pittsburgh is represented FOURTEEN times. This is bullsh*t.

      • pensfan603 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        NBC isnt in canada so they don’t get the large fan bases in canada for those games, so unless its like Bruins Vs. Canadians its not gonna be broadcast, which bruins canadians is. And thats cause the penguins are good.

    • democracysoup - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      2 more than Vancouver got. The Canucks are the reigning Presidents Trophy winner.

      • pfpmb - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        @pensfan603 pretty ignorant / uninformed comment. I’m going to assume the comment didn’t come out like you wanted. I have 8 NBC affiliate channels at my disposal with my satellite provider in snowy Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. Plus MSNBC, CNBC, etc. I know NBC doesn’t cater to Canadians but there are a lot of fans in the USA that have favorite teams that are Canadian based. Can’t forget about the snowbirds from Canada who winter in the USA. It’s sad that NBC isn’t showing at least the a couple of crown jewel franchises (ie. Canadiens, Leafs).

        GO JETS GO!!!

    • mp1131211 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      If you are trying to get people to like your sport, I wouldn’t suggest nationally televising the worst team. Apparently NBC and NHL concur.

  2. bleed4philly - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    They should be called the “Ohio” Blue Jackets. $$$

  3. pensfan603 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:17 AM

    Ya the blue Jackets didnt get much love, panthers dont have any nationally televised games and they were in the playoffs, personally panthers devils on NBC atleast once would be sick.

  4. vshehane - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    Preds never get much love either.

  5. tbbolts91 - Jan 13, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    looks like i’m going to be watching the flyers a lot this season…

  6. pensfan603 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    The only teams getting “much love” Are the red wings, black hawkz, kings, aand penguins.
    I feel bad for NBC though they sign the new deal with MLS, and are nationally televising DC VS. NewYork, and then on the same day now nhl network has Rangers, vs Penguins and same time fyi if i am NBC im so poed with NHL right now but they again mls prolly wasnt gonna get great ratings anyways, im still gonna watch the MLS game and prolly have pens rangers on my computer.

  7. bspray - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:21 PM

    I don’t care about which games are going to be broadcast on NBC. Tell me about Center Ice and what it is going to cost me this season…

  8. joeyashwi - Jan 13, 2013 at 1:32 PM

    Thank you for the coverage NBC but you are missing out by not showing more Wild games. This is going to be an exciting team. Living in WI now, I’m stuck with the Bucks getting priority over the Wild on FSN so I hope there aren’t too many conflicting games. I understand showing the “stars” of the league, hence the Pitt and Wash games, but there are a lot of other fans out here too. Maybe the schedule is a little too biased towards those consistent underachievers.

    • lostpuppysyndrome - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:36 PM

      Give it a year. If I recall correctly, NBC didn’t show a lot of Kings games last year either.

    • florida76 - Jan 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      “Consistent underachievers” would be accurate for teams like Washington, St. Louis, Buffalo, and most NHL clubs. The Penguins have been definitely among the elite in terms of success the last few years, with star players, hence the added TV coverage. In fact, since the Pens entered the NHL, they’ve won only one fewer Cup than Detroit, while beating the total of Original Six clubs like Chicago, Toronto and New York during that time span.

      Pittsburgh should remain a marquee franchise for quite some time, given the strength of talent and ownership.

      • mp1131211 - Jan 13, 2013 at 10:42 PM

        OMG…. your snobby stuffy penguin bias is super irritating.

      • rsl22 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:20 AM

        Caps made it to the second round in the last two seasons, losing a very tough game 7 on the road this past season. Pens have not made it to the second round in last two seasons.

        St. Louis is definitely on the rise, and I wouldn’t be surprised if they won the West this season.

  9. michaeloptv1 - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:49 PM

    NBC loves the NY Rangers, Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Detroit. If you aren’t these 4 teams…forget about it!!
    (Although Philadelphia, New Jersey and yes…the KINGS get somewhat good time nationally)

    • rsl22 - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Pens are on 15 times…plenty of time for Pierre McGuire to gurgle Sid’s cervical mucus.

  10. onecoolpenguin - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:29 PM

    Only 23 out of the 70 are Western Conference games and of those 23 only 1 don’t involve Detroit, Chicago, LA, or St. Louis. Pathetic.

    • onecoolpenguin - Jan 13, 2013 at 8:30 PM

      doesn’t not “don’t”

  11. lukasksg - Jan 14, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    Why should NBC air Canadian teams when it’s a American network? Most fans who watch come from both the cities the games air from. When CBC does Hockey Night in Canada, do they air NYRangers vs. Flyers or Buffalo vs. Boston? Didn’t think so..

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