Wednesday, August 16, 2006


As you already know, the NHL released the televised game schedules last week. Being a Western Canadian who only gets to see games on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, TSN, and Canucks PPV, I figure I'd share a few statistics about the schedules on CBC and TSN, especially for those who do not have Bell Express-Vu's NHL Center Ice Package. (The Canucks PPV schedule has not yet been released.)
Of course, not all of these games will be viewed by residents in BC or Alberta, etc because of the regional coverages. Below is a list of how many times Canadien teams play on Hockey Night in Canada, for reference sakes.

Leafs play:

  • Canadiens 7 times
  • Senators 4 times
  • Sabres 4
  • Penguins 3
  • Rangers 2
  • Flames, Devils, Bruins, Red Wings, Capitals, Canucks, Oilers, and Flyers: 1 time.
  • TOTAL: 28
Canucks play:
  • Flames 4 times
  • Avalanche 3
  • Red Wings 2
  • Wild, Oilers, Leafs, and Thrashers: 1 time
  • TOTAL: 13
Flames play:
  • Oilers 5 times
  • Canucks 4
  • Sharks 2
  • Leafs, Stars, Sabres, Avalanche, and Lightning: 1 time
  • TOTAL: 16
Oilers play:
  • Flames 4 times
  • Avalanche 2
  • Red Wings 2
  • Capitals, Canucks, Kings, Leafs, Predators: 1 time
  • TOTAL: 13
Canadiens play:
  • Leafs 7 times
  • Senators 3
  • Penguins 2
  • Avalanche, Flyers, Rangers, Sabres, and Hurricanes: 1 time
  • TOTAL: 17
Senators play:
  • Leafs 4 times
  • Canadiens 3
  • Sabres 4
  • Bruins 2
  • Hurricanes, Lightning, Rangers, Thrashers, and Flyers: 1 time
  • TOTAL: 18
One thing is for sure: It's great to be a Leaf fan when you have Hockey Night in Canada. Twenty-eight Leaf games At the same time, they play the Canadiens seven times! Are you kidding me? I don't really want to watch seven Habs/Leafs games during the regular season. Not when there are so many other teams out there. Damn schedule! Egads.

There will be twenty-eight all-Canadian matchups.

Alexander Ovechkin will be on HNIC twice, Sydney Crosby five times. (too bad, heheh)

There are seven teams that you won't see on HNIC: Islanders, Blues, Ducks, Panthers, Black Hawks, Blue Jackets, and the Coyotes. I really want to see the Panthers, Ducks, and Coyotes. How unfortunate. Maybe some of these teams will be on Canucks PPV.

As a side note, TSN will cover the Canadiens 9 times, the Senators 6, the Leafs, Flames and Canucks 5 times, and the Oilers 4 times. Some of these are regional as well. That is a more even level for viewing Canadian teams for sure.

Besides the multitude of Hab/Leaf games, and Reality Check's badgering, I cannot wait for the season to start!

Heads up, Canuck fans, the Canucks and Leafs play on HNIC on January 13! I wonder if Sundin will knock some poor Canuck out like he did here.


At August 16, 2006 at 12:58 a.m. , Blogger reality check said...

That's a bitch, man.

I live in Cornwall, which is an hour south of Ottawa, an hour west of Montreal and four hours east of Toronto. I get all 82 Habs games and a quarter of each of the T.O. and Sens games. Access to bilingual networks ( 3 channels ) gives me an additional dozen Sens games, including the 8 games aginst the Leafs. I'm damn lucky to be outside any blackout zones. Figuring in the TSN coverage, I'll see maybe 300 games next year. Buy a dish package Bud, and get unlimited hockey. I already got more than I can handle if you included the channel flipping the NHl network does on a nightly basis. Two VCR's come in damn handy!

At August 16, 2006 at 1:22 a.m. , Anonymous Hodge said...

I wish I was you, cuz you are awesome. I keep forgeting how much I wish I lived in Ontario, cuz your life seems to be much better than mine. Too Bad you didn't live in Brantford then you could claim Wayne as your freind and neighbor. Go Cornhole Ontario.

At August 16, 2006 at 5:55 a.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

Aw, you don't want to get depressed by watching the Ducks beat you senseless, do ya?

Whew, now I have less pressure on my recapping skills.

Oh yeah, and get Center Ice, you bum.

At August 16, 2006 at 1:13 p.m. , Blogger Doogie said...

Man, I wish Bell gave me RDS in Alberta. I'd be in Habs heaven.

But hey, watching the Habs demolish the Leafs 7 times wouldn't bother me in the slightest. :)

At August 16, 2006 at 1:33 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

Heheh, 7 times though? That's alot of butt-kicking! I could do without that many of them. It would be good to see a couple more Leafs/Flyers games.

At August 16, 2006 at 5:19 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

doogie, you need a pirated dish and receiver.

At August 16, 2006 at 7:12 p.m. , Blogger Earl Sleek said...

I keep thinking that image is the Death Star.

At August 16, 2006 at 7:19 p.m. , Blogger Zanstorm said...

LOL! What a great imagination! Don't diss the logo though, man. :)


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