We have updated our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. By continuing to use the NHL’s online services, you agree to these updated documents and to the arbitration of disputes.
Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
SHARE

League releases TV schedules for 2008-09

Thursday, 08.14.2008 / 1:29 PM / News

By Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The 2009 NHL Winter Classic which will feature Original Six teams, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Detroit Red Wings is the highlight of the NHL national television schedule which was released on Thursday. 2009 Winter Classic press conference
For the second-straight year, sports fans across North America can ring in the New Year by watching history unfold on national television.

The NHL Winter Classic on New Year's Day will be the League's second outdoor game in the United States and will once again be a must-see event on NBC in the U.S. as well as CBC and RDS in Canada.

Fans will get to watch two Original Six franchises, the Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings, face off in legendary Wrigley Field.

"What a way to start the New Year with two of the storied names in hockey playing in one of America's venerable stadiums," NBC Sports President Ken Schanzer, said. "The Winter Classic has become a great addition to what already was an appointment-viewing date on the sports calendar."

Added CBC's Hockey Night in Canada Executive Producer Sherali Najak: "This 'Original Six' city provides us with the ideal stage to showcase some of the NHL's brightest stars."

The NHL Winter Classic is only one of the more than 300 nationally televised games the League announced Thursday in unveiling the national TV broadcast schedules for 2008-09 for NBC, CBC, RDS, VERSUS and TSN.

The 57th NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 25 in Montreal, as well as All-Star Saturday, will again be seen live on VERSUS in the United States, as well as CBC and RDS in Canada.

CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, which is entering its 56th-straight year broadcasting NHL games, will show 69 games, including 25 all-Canadian matchups, featuring three games each between Toronto and Ottawa for the Battle of Ontario and Calgary and Edmonton for the Battle of Alberta.

CBC will be the League's first broadcast partner to show a live game -- not to mention the potential NHL debut of No. 1 draft pick Steven Stamkos -- as it will have the first day of the NHL Premiere from Europe.

The New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning open the 91st NHL season in Prague at noon ET on Oct. 4, followed by the Ottawa Senators and Pittsburgh Penguins game in Stockholm at 2:30 ET.

VERSUS begins its 56-game slate Oct. 5 with Day Two of the NHL Premiere. It will have both games, while CBC will also broadcast the Penguins-Senators game.

"I know Sweden is proud to have a chance to host these two games," said Mats Sundin, one of Sweden's most legendary NHL stars. "It's a huge thrill for hockey fans to watch (Sidney) Crosby and (Daniel) Alfredsson and others playing. I think it's great exposure for the National Hockey League in Europe."

This will be the fourth-straight season the NHL and VERSUS will partner to broadcast games in the United States. Crosby will make eight appearances on the network while Alexander Ovechkin, the Washington Capitals superstar and reigning Hart Trophy winner, will make seven.

VERSUS and CBC will both broadcast the season-opener for the Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings on Oct. 9. That game also happens to be an Original Six clash against the Toronto Maple Leafs, who will also be opening their season.

Ovechkin can be seen for the first time on VERSUS on Oct. 13 when the Capitals play the Vancouver Canucks. The Penguins and Red Wings, last year's Stanley Cup Final contenders, play on the network Nov. 11.

TSN, which has been broadcasting NHL games since 1985, opens its 70-game schedule Oct. 14 with Colorado at Calgary. For the first time, each of TSN's broadcasts will feature at least one Canadian team.

NBC will launch its NHL coverage on New Year's Day, but will begin its NHL on NBC Game of the Week coverage Jan. 18 with the Rangers at Penguins.

Once again, the NHL and NBC will collaborate on a flexible schedule for the network's nine games, all of which will be Sunday afternoon broadcasts. NBC will also televise Games 3-7 of the Stanley Cup Final in prime time.

RDS, which enters its sixth season as the League's French-language broadcast partner, will broadcast all 82 Montreal Canadiens' games across Canada. The Habs, who are celebrating their 100th anniversary this season, can be also be seen 15 times on CBC, another 15 times on TSN, and VERSUS will have them on three times.

The NHL Network will televise 75 live games in the United States, as well as 40 in Canada. Those games have yet to be determined. The Network's nightly recap show, "NHL On The Fly," also returns.

Contact Dan Rosen at drosen@nhl.com


CBC’s “HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA” 2008-09 SCHEDULE

Day

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

Sat.

Oct. 4

NY Rangers

Tampa Bay

12 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 4

Pittsburgh

Ottawa

2:30 p.m.

Sun.

Oct. 5

Ottawa

Pittsburgh

2:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Oct. 9

Toronto

Detroit

8 p.m.

Thurs.

Oct. 9

Calgary

Vancouver

10:30 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 11

Montreal

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 11

Vancouver

Calgary

10 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 18

Toronto

Pittsburgh

7 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 18

Calgary

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 25

Ottawa

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Oct. 25

Edmonton

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 1

NY Rangers

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 1

Calgary

Los Angeles

10 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 8

Montreal

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 8

Minnesota

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 15

Toronto

Vancouver

7 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 15

Colorado

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 22

NY Rangers

Ottawa

3 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 22

Chicago

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 22

Boston

Montreal

7 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 22

Detroit

Calgary

10 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 29

Philadelphia

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Nov. 29

Vancouver

Calgary

10 p.m.

Thurs.

Dec. 4

NY Rangers

Montreal

7 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 6

Pittsburgh

Ottawa

2 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 6

Washington

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 6

Edmonton

San Jose

10 p.m.

Sat.

Dec.13

Washington

Montreal

7 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 13

Vancouver

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Thurs.

Dec. 18

Philadelphia

Montreal

7 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 20

Toronto

Pittsburgh

7 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 20

Chicago

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 27

Montreal

Pittsburgh

7 p.m.

Sat.

Dec. 27

Ottawa

Calgary

10 p.m.

Thurs.

Jan. 1

Detroit

Chicago

1 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 3

Ottawa

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 3

Dallas

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 10

Toronto

Philadelphia

7 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 10

San Jose

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 17

Montreal

Ottawa

7 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 17

Phoenix

Calgary

10 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 24

All-Star Skills Competition

TBD

Sun.

Jan. 25

57th NHL All-Star Game

TBD

Sat.

Jan. 31

Los Angeles

 Montreal

2 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 31

Pittsburgh

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 31

Minnesota

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sun.

Feb. 1

Boston

Montreal

2 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 7

Toronto

Montreal

7 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 7

Chicago

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 14

Pittsburgh

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 14

Calgary

Phoenix

10 p.m.

Thurs.

Feb. 19

Montreal

Pittsburgh

7 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 21

Ottawa

Montreal

3 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 21

Vancouver

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 21

Calgary

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 28

Toronto

Ottawa

7 p.m.

Sat.

Feb. 28

Minnesota

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 7

Edmonton

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 7

San Jose

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 14

Ottawa

Pittsburgh

3 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 14

Calgary

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 14

Colorado

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 21

Toronto

Montreal

7 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 21

Vancouver

Phoenix

10 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 28

Boston

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Mar. 28

Minnesota

Calgary

10 p.m.

Sun.

Mar. 29

Ottawa

Tampa Bay

7 p.m.

Sat.

Apr. 4

Montreal

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Apr. 4

Vancouver

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Sat.

Apr. 11

Ottawa

Toronto

7 p.m.

Sat.

Apr. 11

Edmonton

Calgary

10 p.m.

All times subject to change

“NHL ON TSN” 2008-09 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Day

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

Tues.

Oct. 14

Colorado

Calgary

9 p.m.

Wed.

Oct. 15

Boston

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Oct. 15

Edmonton

Anaheim

10 p.m.

Thurs.

Oct. 16

Vancouver

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Oct. 21

Anaheim

Toronto

7 p.m.

Tues.

Oct. 21

Washington

Calgary

9:30 p.m.

Wed.

Oct. 22

Florida

Ottawa

7 p.m.

Thurs.

Oct. 23

Toronto

Boston

7 p.m.

Thurs.

Oct. 23

Edmonton

Colorado

9:30 p.m.

Tues.

Oct. 28

Tampa Bay

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Oct. 28

Boston

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Wed.

Oct. 29

Toronto

New Jersey

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Nov. 4

Carolina

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Nov. 4

Nashville

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Wed.

Nov. 5

Edmonton

Columbus

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Nov. 11

Ottawa

Montreal

7 p.m.

Wed.

Nov. 12

Colorado

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Tues.

Nov. 18

Montreal

Carolina

7 p.m.

Wed.

Nov. 19

Vancouver

NY Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Nov. 26

Montreal

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Nov. 26

Los Angeles

Edmonton

10 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 2

Atlanta

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Dec. 3

Atlanta

Ottawa

7 p.m.

Wed.

Dec. 3

Dallas

Edmonton

9:30 p.m.

Wed.

Dec. 10

Calgary

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 16

New Jersey

Toronto

7 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 16

Chicago

Edmonton

9:30 p.m.

Wed.

Dec. 17

Calgary

Minnesota

8 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 23

Vancouver

San Jose

10 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 30

Atlanta

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Dec. 31

Edmonton

Calgary

10 p.m.

Sun.

Jan. 4

Ottawa

New Jersey

5 p.m.

Tues.

Jan. 6

Florida

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Jan. 7

Montreal

NY Rangers

7:30 p.m.

Sun.

Jan. 11

St. Louis

Edmonton

8 p.m.

Wed.

Jan. 14

Ottawa

Atlanta

7:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Jan. 15

Toronto

Carolina

7:30 p.m.

Fri.

Jan. 16

Edmonton

Colorado

9:30 p.m.

Tues.

Jan. 20

Washington

Ottawa

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Jan. 20

Vancouver

San Jose

10:30 p.m.

Wed.

Jan. 21

Boston

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Jan. 28

Buffalo

Calgary

8 p.m.

Wed.

Jan. 28

Nashville

Vancouver

10:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Jan. 29

Montreal

Florida

7 p.m.

Wed.

Feb. 4

Toronto

Buffalo

7:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Feb. 5

Boston

Ottawa

7 p.m.

Thurs.

Feb. 5

Chicago

Calgary

9:20 p.m.

Fri.

Feb. 6

Montreal

Buffalo

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Feb. 11

Ottawa

Buffalo

7:30 p.m.

Fri.

Feb. 13

Montreal

Colorado

9 p.m.

Mon.

Feb. 16

Ottawa

Nashville

8 p.m.

Tues.

Feb. 17

Buffalo

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Feb. 18

Montreal

Washington

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Feb. 25

NY Rangers

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Fri.

Feb. 27

Montreal

Philadelphia

7 p.m.

Wed.

Mar. 4

Montreal

Buffalo

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Mar. 11

Tampa Bay

Ottawa

7 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 17

Toronto

Tampa Bay

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 17

Dallas

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Wed.

Mar. 18

Dallas

Calgary

9:30 p.m.

Mon.

Mar. 23

Detroit

Calgary

9 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 24

Washington

Toronto

7 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 24

Detroit

Edmonton

9:30 p.m.

Wed.

Mar. 25

Calgary

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Mar. 26

Tampa Bay

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 31

Chicago

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

Wed.

Apr. 1

Philadelphia

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

Thurs.

Apr. 2

Montreal

NY Islanders

7 p.m.

Sun.

Apr. 5

Colorado

Vancouver

10 p.m.

Wed.

Apr. 8

Buffalo

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

All times subject to change

VERSUS 2008-09 NHL SCHEDULE

Day

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

Sun.

Oct. 5

Tampa Bay

NY Rangers

12 p.m.

Sun.

Oct. 5

Ottawa

Pittsburgh

2:30 p.m.

*Thurs.

Oct. 9

Toronto

Detroit  

8 p.m.

Thurs.

Oct. 9

Boston

Colorado

10:30 p.m.

Mon.

Oct. 13

Vancouver

Washington

7 p.m.

*Tues.

Oct. 14

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

Mon.

Oct. 20

Florida

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

*Tues.

Oct. 21

Boston

Buffalo

7 p.m.

Mon.

Oct. 27

Chicago

Minnesota

8 p.m.

*Tues.

Oct. 28

Philadelphia

Atlanta

7 p.m.

Mon.

Nov. 3

Buffalo

New Jersey

7 p.m.

Mon.

Nov. 10

Tampa Bay

Washington

7 p.m.

*Tues.

Nov. 11

Pittsburgh

Detroit

7 p.m.

Mon.

Nov. 17

Boston

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

*Tues.

Nov. 18

Minnesota

Pittsburgh

7 p.m.

Mon.

Nov. 24

Washington

Minnesota

8 p.m.

*Tues.

Nov. 25

St. Louis

Nashville

7 p.m.

Mon.

Dec. 1

Colorado

Minnesota

8 p.m.

*Tues.

Dec. 2

Tampa Bay

Philadelphia

7 p.m.

Mon.

Dec. 8

Buffalo

Pittsburgh

7:30 p.m.

*Tues.

Dec. 9

NY Islanders

Philadelphia

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Dec. 15

Colorado

Detroit

7 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 16

Washington

NY Islanders

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Dec. 22

Pittsburgh

Buffalo

7 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 23

Boston

New Jersey

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Dec. 29

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

7 p.m.

Tues.

Dec. 30

New Jersey

St. Louis

8 p.m.

*Mon.

Jan. 5

Pittsburgh

NY Rangers

7 p.m.

Tues.

Jan. 6

Minnesota

Boston

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Jan. 12

Detroit

Dallas

8 p.m.

Tues.

Jan. 13

Montreal

Boston

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Jan. 19

Minnesota

Chicago

8 p.m.

Tues.

Jan. 20

Washington

Ottawa

7:30 p.m.

Sat.

Jan. 24

All-Star Skills Competition

TBD

Sun.

Jan. 25

57th NHL All-Star Game

TBD

Tues.

Jan. 27

Washington

Boston

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Feb. 2

St. Louis

Detroit

7 p.m.

Tues.

Feb. 3

St. Louis

Columbus

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Feb. 9

NY Rangers

New Jersey

7 p.m.

Tues.

Feb. 10

San Jose

Boston

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Feb. 16

NY Rangers

St. Louis

7 p.m.

Tues.

Feb. 17

Buffalo

Toronto

7:30 p.m.

*Mon.

Feb. 23

San Jose

Dallas

8 p.m.

Tues.

Feb. 24

Anaheim

Buffalo

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Mar. 2

Colorado

NY Islanders

7 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 3

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay

7:30 p.m.

*Mon.

Mar. 9

NY Rangers

Carolina

7 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 10

Buffalo

Philadelphia

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Mar. 16

Washington

Atlanta

7 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 17

Philadelphia

Detroit

7:30 p.m.

*Mon.

Mar. 23

New Jersey

Philadelphia

7 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 24

Minnesota

NY Rangers

7 p.m.

*Mon.

Mar. 30

New Jersey

NY Rangers

7 p.m.

Mon.

Mar. 30

Dallas

Phoenix

10 p.m.

Tues.

Mar. 31

Chicago

Montreal

7:30 p.m.

*Mon.

Apr. 6

Detroit

Buffalo

7 p.m.

Tues.

Apr. 7

Dallas

Minnesota

8 p.m.

Tues.

Apr. 7

Colorado

San Jose

10:30 p.m.

All times subject to change
* denotes VERSUS exclusive Game of the Week

“NHL ON NBC” 2008-09 BROADCAST SCHEDULE

Day

Date

Away

Home

Time (ET)

Thu.

Jan. 1

Detroit

Chicago

1 p.m.

Sun.

Jan. 18

NY Rangers

Pittsburgh

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Feb. 8

Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD – Flex Schedule
Teams TBD -  Flex Schedule

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Feb. 15

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Feb. 22

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Mar. 8

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Mar. 15

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Mar. 22

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Apr. 5

12:30 p.m.

Sun.

Apr. 12

2 p.m.

All times subject to change

Quote of the Day

I'm hoping Bob [Murray] didn't go out and get Dany Heatley just to get someone. I'm sure he's excited and motivated.

— Anaheim Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau on general manager Bob Murray's decision to sign Dany Heatley