There are two factors that usually get an NHL team exposure on U.S. broadcaster NBC’s television schedule: location and success.
Teams in big markets—especially those in Original Six cities—like Chicago, New York and Boston are always well represented in NBC’s lineup.
Likewise, teams that promise to be good, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning this year, typically show up more than a few times.
NBC and NBCSN will air 109 NHL games this season; apparently the most since it acquired the league's U.S. broadcast rights in 2005.
The network is also spinning the same story about “diversity” this year. Executive producer and president of production for NBC Sports Sam Flood said “We are touching Canada in a way we never have before.”
Apparently that touch doesn’t extend to Vancouver.
The Canucks and the Ottawa Senators are the two teams that won’t be showcased on any NBC games this year. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise—the Canucks haven’t been on the network much, if at all, since 2012.
However, we can’t help but think some viewers—especially in the U.S.—will lament not having the chance to eye Minnesota native Brock Boeser and his goal scoring prowess.
Here’s a breakdown of how many games each NHL club will have on the network, courtesy of ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski:
|Vegas Golden Knights||9||5|
|Los Angeles Kings||5||12|
|San Jose Sharks||8||6|
|St. Louis Blues||10||10|
|Detroit Red Wings||6||12|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||12||6|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||6||3|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||2||1|
|New Jersey Devils||2||1|
|New York Islanders||1||1|
|New York Rangers||14||14|