FRISCO, Tex. – The National Hockey League announced today the television schedule for national United States partners NBC and VERSUS for the 2011-12 NHL regular season. The Dallas Stars are scheduled to be shown seven times on VERSUS, the national cable home of the NHL.
Dallas Stars games on VERSUS (NBC Sports Network)
Monday, Dec. 19 vs. Anaheim (7:00 pm) Wednesday, Dec. 21 vs. Philadelphia (6:30 pm) Monday, Dec. 26 at St. Louis (6:30 pm) Tuesday, Jan. 3 vs. Detroit (7:00 pm) Monday, Jan. 16 at St. Louis (6:30 pm) Wednesday, Feb. 29 vs. Pittsburgh (6:30 pm) Tuesday, March 20 vs. Phoenix (7:00 pm) *All times CST
The Dallas Stars’ complete local television schedule is expected to be released soon.
In the U.S., NBC Sports and VERSUS, which will be re-named NBC Sports Network effective Jan. 2, enter the first season of the landmark 10-year agreement between the NHL and NBC Sports Group announced in April. This marks the seventh consecutive season each network has been a national television partner. In Canada, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada begins its 59th regular-season of NHL® broadcasts. TSN, whose relationship with the NHL dates back to 1987, continues as the national English-language cable partner. French-language telecast partner RDS has been televising NHL games since its inception in 1989 and enters its ninth consecutive season presenting every Montreal Canadiens game.
NBC Sports and VERSUS this season are offering hockey fans more coverage than ever. The schedule is highlighted by 100 regular-season games across NBC and VERSUS, which will be re-branded the NBC Sports Network on January 2. The coverage includes exclusive cable coverage on Wednesday nights, added games on Sunday nights including many exclusive nights, and live 30-minute pre- and post-game shows for every game on VERSUS. NHL Overtime also returns this season.
A new tradition will begin this year on NBC when the network starts its NHL broadcast coverage on Friday, November 25, the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S., with a 12 p.m. CT original-six match-up featuring the Bruins against the Detroit Red Wings in Boston. This will be the earliest in the season an NHL game has appeared on NBC in the past seven seasons.
NHL Network U.S. this season will televise 78 live games for its American audience, all in HD, focusing on Thursday nights and Saturdays, including some doubleheaders. The last two Stanley Cup champions, the Bruins and Chicago Blackhawks, will square off against each other on NHL Network U.S. Saturday, Oct. 15, at 7:30 p.m. CT and a special 3 p.m. CT game the day after Thanksgiving in the U.S. will feature the Rangers in Washington to face the Capitals. On Saturday evenings, NHL Network U.S. will again incorporate highly acclaimed CBC programming “Coaches Corner” and “Hotstove” into intermission content for American fans, and the network will have U.S. coverage of CBC’s Hockey Day In Canada on Feb. 11.