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NBC Sports to air over 100 NHL regular-season games in 2014-15

Jul 22, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

Click here for the press release outlining all the details.

— Season kicks off with an NBCSN doubleheader on Wednesday, Oct. 8. Philly-Boston is first, followed by Sharks-Kings.

— 2015 Winter Classic goes Jan. 1 on NBC, with the Capitals hosting the Blackhawks.

— All games will be streamed live via NBC Sports Live Extra.

Following is the full schedule:

Wed., Oct. 8 Philadelphia Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 8 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Oct. 9 Colorado Minnesota NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 14 Buffalo Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 15 Boston Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 21 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 22 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Oct. 28 Minnesota Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 29 Detroit Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 4 St. Louis New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 5 Detroit N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 11 Buffalo St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 Boston Toronto NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 12 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Nov. 18 San Jose Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 19 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 24 Pittsburgh Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 26 Philadelphia Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 28 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 1 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 2 Tampa Bay Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 2 Philadelphia San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 3 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 9 Los Angeles Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 10 Toronto Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 15 Tampa Bay Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 17 Boston Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Dec. 23 St. Louis Colorado NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 27 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10 p.m.
Mon., Dec. 29 Detroit Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 1* Chicago Washington NBC 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 4 Dallas Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 6 San Jose Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 7 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 7 N.Y. Rangers Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 11 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 13 Minnesota Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 14 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 18 NY Rangers Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 18 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 19 Colorado St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 20 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21 Chicago Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 21 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 27 Tampa Bay Carolina NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 28 Chicago Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29 Montreal N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 29 Anaheim San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 1 St. Louis Washington NBCSN 1 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 3 Chicago Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 4 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 5 Detroit Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8 Chicago St. Louis NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 8 Montreal Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 9 Arizona Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 11 Detroit Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 11 Washington San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 15 Pittsburgh Chicago NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 15 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 17 Buffalo New Jersey NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18 Detroit Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 18 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 19 Columbus Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 21 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Washington Philadelphia NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Boston Chicago NBC 3:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 22 Dallas Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 24 Philadelphia Carolina NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 25 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 26 Minnesota Nashville NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 28 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., March 1 Anaheim Dallas NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., March 3 Buffalo Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 4 N.Y. Rangers Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 8 Detroit Boston NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 8 N.Y. Rangers Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 9 Pittsburgh San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Tues., March 10 Los Angeles Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Wed., March 11 N.Y. Rangers Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 15 Detroit Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 15 Boston Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 16 Washington Buffalo NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tues., March 17 Buffalo Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 18 Chicago N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., March 18 Los Angeles Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., March 22 St. Louis Detroit NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., March 22 Anaheim N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., March 24 Los Angeles N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., March 25 Chicago Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., March 29 San Jose Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., March 30 Los Angeles Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 1 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., April 1 Colorado San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 2 Boston Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., April 5 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tues., April 7 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., April 8 Boston Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., April 8 Dallas Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thurs., April 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sat., April 11 Minnesota St. Louis NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 11 San Jose Los Angeles NBC 3 p.m.
Sat., April 11 Boston Tampa Bay NBCSN TBD

*Denotes NHL Winter Classic

  1. hockey412 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:48 AM

    I really hope to see more Kathryn Tappen, and much less Milbury.

    I can even take the rest of the crew, though they aren’t great. Just please, for the love of hockey, NBC. Do yourself a favor, and listen to viewers everywhere. Stop pushing Milbury on us. Just no.

    • JoeAvg - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

      Although at first he was good for laugh or two (much as you would a clown), I think he has managed to alienate just about everybody. Time to cut the strings

      Just say nope – nope to the dope.

    • dropthepuckeh - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:34 AM

      Hard to argue for anyone over Tappen. Easy. on. the. eyes.

      I like Milbury too, just not in that way.

    • neonpep - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      Yeah, Milbury belongs in the Jackass Hall of Fame.

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Whats up with Kathyrn Tappen’s teeth? I have 1080p like most here but it seems she has alot of gaps.

      • 950003cups - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

        God is gonna punish you.

  2. nyrnashty - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:55 AM

    I live in central NJ, so I already get the Rangers, Flyers, Islanders and Devils on the local broadcast stations, but other than that it looks like a real solid schedule, I also noticed most games are mid week and only one Friday game…go figure Rangers Flyers the day after Thannksgiving.

    104 total games aired:

    8 Monday
    22 Tuesday
    35Wednesday
    9 Thursday
    1 Friday
    7 Saturday
    22 Sunday

  3. erbaker67 - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:59 AM

    Maybe its just me, not enough coffee, but Pittsburgh is on NBC 19 times. Philly 16 times, LA 13 times. Not sure where they got their numbers.

    • penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Those are the teams that are going to draw in the most viewers, and a company like NBC that’s a big deal.

      • erbaker67 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

        I understand that, I know its just good business. The article was edited prior to posting saying that 4 or so teams had 12 games broadcasted and 7 teams with 11.

  4. suesawicki2000 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:00 AM

    Why? Why? Why do they go with NBC? Why?

    • covertman - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:33 AM

      You’d prefer getting buried by hoops on ESPN?

      • fpstratton - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        ESPN isn’t even a parody of its former self.

  5. blue21c - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Columbus is only worthy of one game?????

    • penguins87and71 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:08 AM

      I agree Columbus should be on NBC or NBCSN at least a few times during the year. They’re a good team now, and they deserve to be on national tv a few times, but it all goes back to tv ratings and who will draw the most viewers.

      • elrock7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:51 PM

        Why should anyone care which teams are on? You can always watch your favorite team play, so who gives a crap?

    • JoeAvg - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:43 AM

      The Rodney Dangerfields of the NHL. Here’s hoping they prove ‘em wrong and get some extra games at seasons end when their contests come to be important down the stretch. I like the direction they’re headed.

    • mesocyc1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      At least you have one game! No reason all teams should not have at least one game…..pretty sad nbc…..but then again you have milbury so….

      • fpstratton - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        Agreed. Every team in the NHL is worth watching once. I know there are some poorer teams out there, but on a given night, any NHL team can put on a show. The level of hockey is that good.

    • ketch20too - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:37 PM

      Seems to be one more than the Islanders. Would have thought at the very least the last game in the Nassau Coliseum would be broadcast.

  6. blue21c - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    BTW Milbury sucks!!!! Kathryn Tappen is a babe!!!!!

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:40 PM

      Kathryn needs dental work to fill in the gaps.

      • drewsylvania - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        raleighcaniac is surely single.

      • chanceoffleury - Jul 22, 2014 at 10:38 PM

        You seem very fixated on perfect teeth. I’m not sure hockey is the best sport for you to be following. After all, pristine dental upkeep isn’t exactly a strength of most connected to the sport….

  7. wutangwild - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:13 AM

    Do they just pick teams out of a hat for rivalry night?…lol these are a joke but I’ll be watching so good job NBC…I guess

  8. alansmithee888 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Glad to see NBC’s Original Six are well represented: Chicago gets 20 games, Boston gets 17, Red Wings get 15, Rangers get 14, NBC’s corporate masters in Philly get 16, and Sidney Crosby gets 19.

    At least knowing that my Bolts only get 5 games means I don’t have to listen to Doc or Edzo or Pierre for about 90% of the season.

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      alansmith; true that on the freak show called Doc/Edzo/Pierre. They’re like ECHL call ups to the big show.

      My Canes get 3 games which is surprising since Columbus only gets one. Too much fascination with the Staal bros. IMO. Between Eric and Jordan they’re making 15m a year and between them scored but 36 goals and 55 assists last season; a joke.

    • sirclinksalot - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:38 PM

      I’m good with the Kings only having 12 (or is it 13) games. That means I get to hear Bob Miller and Jim Fox more anyway.

      Sucks that all of the games vs. the Sharks are on NBC/NBCSN though. But it’s a huge rivalry so I get it.

  9. dutchman1350 - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    Buffalo with 10 appearances and Columbus with 1?

    • 2qswing - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:51 AM

      NBCSN
      The “S” is Sabre

    • koredan - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:29 PM

      Buffalo has a lousy team, but they’re also one of the biggest and most consistent television markets for hockey. They watch in big, big numbers, so getting so many Sabres games is both a lure and a reward.

      (Though I suppose you could argue how much of a reward it is to watch that team, some nights…. Poor Sabres fans.)

    • chanceoffleury - Jul 23, 2014 at 12:40 AM

      @koredan Buffalo is actually the smallest US market. You are definitely correct in the fact they are consistent, though. Take into account the fact they’ve been in a rebuilding phase the last few years and it’s really impressive they pull the ratings they do. Give them a team with the talent Pittsburgh has for 82 games a year and they’d be impossible to beat (Pittsburgh was the only team that beat them in avg ratings last year).

      Television ratings are a little confusing. There is a difference between avg ratings and actual number of people watching the game. For example, Pittsburgh and Buffalo smashed everyone last year in avg ratings, but Chicago, Boston, and New York were the top 3 in avg number of viewers. The difference is that Chicago has the 3rd largest market, Boston the 7th, and New York the 1st. Buffalo has the smallest and Pittsburgh the 4th smallest. Boston, Chicago, and New York have something like 3, 4 and 8 million people to pull from to get those 100-150k viewers. By comparison Pittsburgh has a market just under 1.2 million and Buffalo has about 650 thousand. So, if every *single* person, no exceptions, in the media markets of Pittsburgh and Buffalo watched a Sabres-Pens game, they’d still be 150k short of the number of people that came to the Hawks SC Parade in 2013. Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Pittsburgh pull big ratings and big physical numbers. Buffalo pulls big ratings and smaller numbers. New York, Washington, and LA pull smaller ratings but big numbers. Then there’s the Flyers who are partially owned by NBC and they seem to be a team with lots of enemies on the other lists and are therefore entertaining to watch. There’s your list of how NBC gets their darlings.

      I can definitely sympathize with Columbus as a Pirates fan, too. It always stunk when we’d go season after season and the Pirates would get *maybe* 1 Monday Night Baseball game. They never got any sort of national coverage, but once they started to get on the rise and win, they created a story for themselves that people started to find interesting and they’re starting to get more and more national games. 10 years ago Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Boston had some of the worst attendance and television ratings in the NHL. If you went back in time and told us fans that were there that those would be 3 of the most followed teams in 10 years, I think most would still have been laughing for years after. But it all comes full circle eventually.

  10. thomasvanek - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    God I hate when the Sabres are on NBCSN. Now I have to deal with that 11 times this year. I thought for sure that since we are so bad this year they would show mercy and not put us on that channel with the god awful commentators. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by RJ for all these years, but I cannot stand their commentators.

  11. nfieldr - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    100 games and yet not room for even one Jets game?

    • thomasvanek - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      The only Canadian teams with games are Toronto with 2 and Montreal with 2. The channel is for American teams. The only reason Toronto and Montreal get a couple games is because the are in the Original Six.

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:41 PM

      Winnipeg has a loud rink but thats where it ends…

    • elrock7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 9:55 PM

      WHO CARES!!! Get the center ice package and watch every single game you want!

      Man, too many anal people.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:19 AM

        Elrock has graciously volunteered to pay for the CenterIce package for anyone who might not be able to afford it. Thanks Elrock!!

  12. tjvalley - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:45 AM

    No islander games. I hope they regret that.

    • 950003cups - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:02 PM

      LOLOL. Believe me, they won’t.

    • islesjb - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:45 PM

      The only reason it irks me a bit is because I would think that the NHL would want to pay some kind of tribute to the final season at the Coliseum. I get that it’s an antiquated, dilapidated dump and the Isles organization has been somewhat of a mess, but that doesn’t change the fact that 4 consecutive Stanley Cups were won there and that it was once home to one of the greatest dynasties professional sports has ever seen.

      @950003cups- good input man. No one knows what kind of season they’re going to have. They likely won’t do any major damage if they make it to the post season but they’ve made some much needed improvements in net and with JT healthy + the additions they’ve made, their offense could be dangerous; will come down to defense

      • jhnyr45 - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:19 AM

        if you make the playoffs you will be on nbc… i don’t see why you want to be…. the whole crew is garbage

  13. nobandwagoners - Jul 22, 2014 at 11:57 AM

    I realize NBC’s focus is the US market and trying to draw as many viewers as possible (hence the heavy weighting in favour of, e.g., Chicago, Pittsburgh, Boston, NYR – hard to argue promoting them) but the serious lack of exposure for the ‘lesser lights’ is pretty stark. And, for Canadian teams, just four games featuring a Canadian team (two games a piece for Montreal and Toronto) and nada for the rest of them?

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Jul 23, 2014 at 1:23 AM

      And unless I’m reading it wrong, only one game from Canada. That seems very weird to me.

  14. c1md6 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:12 PM

    NBC once again proves why it’s the, Nothing But Crosby Network. Somewhere Pierre McGuire just creamed his pants with all the Pittsburgh games. He’s now getting all his notes ready to tell us where players played their pee wee games in 1986.

    • 950003cups - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:08 PM

      He only has one line he uses for Crosby. It begins with “just look at the genius of how Sidney Crosby (then fill in the usual routine dump in play)……..”

  15. mikdavfle - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:46 PM

    The NHL really should require NBC to show every team at least once. Seven teams (Islanders, Florida and every non-Original Six Canadian team) don’t appear on an NBC network at all. Meanwhile, the breakdown for every other team goes…

    Chicago- 20
    Pittsburgh- 19
    Boston- 17
    Philadelphia- 16
    Detroit- 15
    N.Y. Rangers- 14
    Los Angeles, San Jose, Washington- 13
    Buffalo, Minnesota, St. Louis- 11
    Anaheim, Colorado- 7
    Tampa Bay- 5
    Dallas- 4
    Carolina- 3
    Montreal, Toronto, New Jersey- 2
    Arizona, Columbus, Nashville- 1

    30 of the 104 games are Western Conference only matchups. 47 games are Eastern Conference only. Western teams appear 88 times total.

  16. zetaone - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    I hate NBCSN not just because of their terrible “bubble gum” approach to NHL broadcasting, but because I do not have a television subscription. I pay $160/year for NHL Game Center Live, and all the NBC games are blacked out.

    Over 15% of my Sabres’ games, blacked out.. I can’t imagine if I were a Hawks fan – God.. crony capitalism screwing the little guy as usual..

    • r8rbhawk - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:05 PM

      Good call Zeta, you beat me to the post. I have Gamecenter live just to watch the Hawks, I do that so I don’t have to pay for cable/satellite. Basically, between 20 games on NBCSN and probably another 10-15 games that will get pulled onto the NHL network (gamecenter is blacked out then as well) I can count on missing at least 1/3 of the games this year.

    • sheckyrimshot - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      Wahhhh I’m getting what I signed up for. BOO FREAKIN HOO

  17. jacketsfan7 - Jul 22, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    Wow. Only one game for CBJ out of 100 and it’s not even home, what a f***ing joke NBC

    • hockeysox161 - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:34 PM

      At least you are not an Islanders fan. 0 out of 100 games.

  18. nyrnashty - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:25 PM

    I love how the fans had to manually break down all of the trends in the T.V. schedule…you’re welcome PHT haha. The comments section was actually useful for once, I had fun reading them especially the in-depth post that mikdavfle produced. Lots of good points made by everyone!

  19. tapefolie - Jul 22, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Time to PLEASE move on from Milbury, Doc, Edzo and Pierre they are ALL horrid!!

    Please don’t make us sit through this s$it for 10-20 years! What did the fans ever do to NBC?

    • raleighcaniac - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:50 PM

      They’ll drop those 3 fools as soon as Kathryn Tappen finds a dental plan to fix her teeth. She could squirt water through them better than Shawn Thornton squirting Subban from the bench.

      • 950003cups - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        So would you suggest her and Michael Strahan should do Gap Clothing commercials together?

  20. hth2727 - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Hate that my stars are only on 3 times but I understand it,but we do have some big name draws again, Florida doesn’t even get one game which is funny,to much of the normal nbc teams like Chicago Pittsburg Philly etc but that’s the norm for nbc,Minnesota gets a nice run on there and Columbus gets screwed as we’ll,anyways can’t wait for season to start. go stars

  21. comeonnowguys - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:32 PM

    Glad to see Chicago had none of the unnecessary late games.

  22. djshnooks - Jul 22, 2014 at 2:37 PM

    At least they realize the Sabres are trending up and will be exciting to watch.

    Plenty could learn a thing or two here.

  23. billiam55 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    no islanders/rangers games? or devils/rangers? come on nbc. those are the fun ones to watch.

    • islesjb - Jul 22, 2014 at 4:13 PM

      should have at least broadcasted the last ever isles-rangers game at the Coliseum (unless they sign a contract to play a couple games there per year). The stadium may be a complete dump but isles-rangers matchups at the Mausoleum have an absolutely electric atmosphere. 50/50 split between isles and rangers fans mixed with super low ceilings give it almost a European soccer rivalry kind of feel (say what you will about soccer but those fans are loud and travel well).

  24. illogic87 - Jul 22, 2014 at 3:39 PM

    There is a reason some teams get more than others! Improve your team and you will get more nationally televised games! Simple!

    • kj4bolts - Jul 22, 2014 at 5:29 PM

      That only works for SOME teams! haha!

    • mesocyc1 - Jul 22, 2014 at 7:35 PM

      here we go with the let’s go pens booster club…..it’s about giving the entire league exposure not just to a select group. Regardless of the standings, some teams not being included here have pretty good rivalries with some of the more adored ones and would make for good ratings. Let’s be objective here not entitled…

      • illogic87 - Jul 23, 2014 at 8:45 AM

        Yeah, battle for last place in the division type rivalries…

  25. ronniethec - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    The western conference has far better and more exciting teams than the eastern conference. And the west had the champs. But east teams appear 121 times versus 85 times for the west. A bit of eastern bias? If course!

    • clefty1 - Jul 24, 2014 at 9:47 AM

      More hockey fans in the east and the east has teams like Detroit, Boston, Philly, Pittsburgh, NYR that will draw more casual fans unlike the west who has Chicago as it biggest draw.

  26. bluesdroogie - Jul 22, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Wow these are going to be great games to watch

    St Louis vs New Jersey Tuesday Nov 4
    Buffalo vs St Louis Tuesday Nov 11

    St Louis does not have a rivalry with New Jersey or Buffalo. Miller is no longer with the Blues. Would rather watch The Blues and Islanders or Blues and Canucks. those games will be more interesting.

    Glad to see the Blues/Hawks 4 times nationally. Also Blues/Wings.

  27. wingsdjy - Jul 23, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Moving East has definitely helped Detroit with nationally televised games. They have 15 on NBC/NBCSN.

    Somewhat surprised to see Chicago with the most coverage (20 games). Thought that honor would go to an east coast team.

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