Mike Grier, Paul Gaustad and Tyler Myers celebrate a goal at HSBC Arena (Getty Images)
The National Hockey League today announced the national television schedules for the 2010-11 season. The Buffalo Sabres have been scheduled for nine national appearances in the U.S. on VERSUS, and four Canadian games on TSN.
Buffalo will announce a complete local broadcast schedule next week.
Buffalo’s eight exclusive games on VERSUS are tied with Pittsburgh, Boston and Minnesota for most in the NHL this season. They will appear nine times in total on Versus, second only to the 11 games by Washington, Pittsburgh, Chicago, Boston and New York Rangers.
Following are Buffalo’s nine games that will be televised by VERSUS:
*Tuesday, October 26 @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. *Tuesday, December 7 @ Boston, 7:30 p.m. *Tuesday, January 11 vs. Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. *Tuesday, January 18 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. *Tuesday, February 8 @ Tampa Bay, 7:30 p.m. *Tuesday, February 15 @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m. *Tuesday, March 1 @ New York Rangers, 7 p.m. *Tuesday, March 15 vs. Carolina, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30 vs. New York Rangers, 7 p.m.
(*denotes VERSUS exclusive Game of the Week)
The Sabres also appear three times as part of NBC’s flexible scheduling for regular season games. NBC will confirm the game 13 days prior to the scheduled date:
Sunday, January 23 @ NY Islanders, 3 p.m. Sunday, February 20 vs. Washington, 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 @ Minnesota, 6 p.m.
The Sabres will make four national TV appearances in Canada on TSN:
Friday, November 26 vs. Toronto, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, January 18 vs. Montreal, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 16 vs. Toronto, 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22 @ Montreal, 7:30 p.m.
The Sabres are also part of five regional Saturday games on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada: November 6 @ Toronto; November 27 @ Montreal; December 4 @ Ottawa; February 5 vs. Toronto; March 12 @ Toronto. All games start at 7 p.m.