April 2, 2012; Tampa FL, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) is congratulated by right wing Martin St. Louis (26) and center Nate Thompson (44) after he scored a goal during the third period against the Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Times Forum. Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Washington Capitals 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-US PRESSWIRE

NHL 2012-13 TV Broadcast Schedule Announced

The NHL has released it’s National television schedule. Providing, that is, that there is a season in 2012-2013. (I’m choosing to remain hopeful.)

NBC and NBC Sports will be entering their second season of a ten year agreement with the NHL. This is the largest media rights deal in league history. This will mark the eighth consecutive season that both networks have served as a National TV partner of the NHL in the United States. Ten of these games will feature the Tampa Bay Lightning. (Oh, goodie. I can’t wait for these. I love the NBC Sports commentators. Especially Pierre. PPPFFFFTTTT yeah, right, and Nathan Horton’s my favorite player, too! For those of you who share the love, do what I do. Turn the game on TV, hit mute, and livestream Dave Mishkin on Lightning radio. Even if it’s a couple of seconds off, it’s better than listening to those morons.)

The NHL Network-U.S. will air seventy-eight live games. They will be focusing on Thursday nights and Saturdays, including fourteen doubleheaders and three tripleheaders. (Oh, boy! Hockey!! I’m getting so excited just thinking about all of this hockey goodness! I pray I’m not getting excited over nothing. Yes, I know. I used a double negative. Sue me.) They will show three Tampa bay Lightning games, all three will be held at the Tampa Bay Times Forum.

The CBC’s Hockey Night In Canada will be entering it’s sixtieth season. Wow. One hundred and one regular season games will be shown on the network. Five of them will be with the Lightning.

TSN will show two hundred and thirty-seven regular season NHL games. This includes ten Tampa Bay Lightning games. Seven of these will be on TSN, three will air on TSN2.

RDS will cover all eighty-two regular season Montreal Canadiens games. Four of those will be against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Here is the Tampa Bay National TV schedule in all Eastern times:
Date                                           Time                 Opponent                                        Network        

Thursday, November 1             7:00 p.m.          vs. Winnipeg Jets                          CBC

Saturday, November 10            7:00 p.m.          vs. Ottawa Senators                       CBC

Wednesday, November 21       7:30 p.m.          at Carolina Hurricanes                    NBC Sports Group and TSN2

Tuesday, November 27            7:30 p.m.          at Montreal Canadiens                    TSN and RDS

Saturday, December 1             3:00 p.m.          at Winnipeg Jets                            CBC

Thursday, December 27           7:30 p.m.          vs. Montreal Canadiens                  RDS

Tuesday, January 8                  7:30 p.m.          at Pittsburgh Penguins                   NBC Sports Group and TSN

Friday, January 11                   7:30 p.m.          vs. Washington Capitals                 NHL Network

Tuesday, January 15                7:00 p.m.          vs. Toronto Maple Leafs                TSN

Tuesday, January 22                7:30 p.m.          at Montreal Canadiens                    RDS

Thursday, February 14              7:30 p.m.          vs. San Jose Sharks                      NBC Sports Group and TSN

Thursday, February 21              7:30 p.m.          vs. Boston Bruins                          NHL Network

Sunday, February 24                7:30 p.m.          at Pittsburgh Penguins                   NBC Sports Group and TSN2

Tuesday, February 26               7:30 p.m.          vs. Buffalo Sabres                         NBC Sports Group and TSN

Thursday, February 28              7:30 p.m.          vs. Pittsburgh Penguins                 NHL Network

Tuesday, March 5                    7:30 p.m.          at New Jersey Devils                      NBC Sports Group and TSN2

Saturday, March 9                    7:00 p.m.          vs. Montreal Canadiens                  RDS and CBC

Wednesday, March 20              7:30 p.m.          at Toronto Maple Leafs                  TSN

Saturday, March 23                  7:00 p.m.          at Ottawa Senators                        CBC

Tuesday, March 26                   7:30 p.m.          vs. Buffalo Sabres                         NBC Sports Group and TSN

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