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2011-12 NHL national TV schedule

8/18/2011

NEW YORK -- The NHL will kick off the regular season with a national television doubleheader featuring the Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins and perhaps the return of Sidney Crosby.

The Bruins will host the rival Philadelphia Flyers in the first of two games on Versus on Oct. 6, and the Pittsburgh Penguins will visit the Western Conference champion Vancouver Canucks in the nightcap, the league announced Thursday.

Crosby, the Penguins captain, hasn't played in a game since January because of a concussion.

NBC's first game will be Nov. 25 -- the day after Thanksgiving -- when Boston hosts the Detroit Red Wings. The network will air the Winter Classic on Jan. 2 as the New York Rangers play at Philadelphia.

NBC Sports Group and the NHL are entering the first year of a 10-season deal reportedly worth $2 billion. Boston's Cup-clinching win over the Canucks in June earned a 4.8 rating, the NHL's highest-rated game in 37 years.

Here is the complete schedule (all times ET):

Versus

Oct. 6: Philadelphia at Boston7 p.m.
Oct. 6:Pittsburgh at Vancouver10 p.m.
Oct. 7:N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles1 p.m.

Oct. 8:N.Y. Rangers at Anaheim1 p.m.

Oct. 10:Tampa Bay atWashington 7 p.m.

Oct. 11:Florida at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 12:Bostonat Carolina7:30 p.m.
Oct. 17:Colorado at Toronto7 p.m.

Oct. 18:Pittsburgh at Minnesota7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25:Tampa Bay at Buffalo7:30 p.m.

Oct. 31:San Jose at N.Y. Rangers 7 p.m.

Nov. 1:Anaheim at Washington 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 2:Philadelphia at Buffalo7:30 p.m.
Nov. 7:N.Y. Islanders at Boston 7 p.m.
Nov. 8:Carolina at New Jersey7:30 p.m.
Nov. 9:Philadelphia at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Nov. 14:Buffalo at Montreal7 p.m.
Nov. 15:Colorado at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
Nov. 16:New Jersey atBuffalo7:30 p.m.
Nov. 21:Boston at Montreal7:30 p.m.
Nov. 22:Los Angeles at St. Louis7:30 p.m.
Nov. 28:Tampa Bay at Minnesota7:30 p.m.
Nov. 29:Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 30:Tampa Bay at Detroit7:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: Phoenix at Chicago8 p.m.
Dec. 6: Detroit atSt. Louis7:30 p.m.
Dec. 7: Philadelphia at Buffalo7:30 p.m.
Dec. 12:New Jersey at Tampa Bay7 p.m.
Dec. 13:San Jose at Colorado9 p.m.
Dec. 14:Chicago at Minnesota7:30 p.m.
Dec. 19:Anaheim at Dallas8 p.m.
Dec. 20:Chicago at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
Dec. 21:Philadelphia at Dallas7:30 p.m.
Dec. 26:Dallas at St. Louis7:30 p.m.
Dec. 27:St. Louis at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Dec. 28:N.Y. Rangers at Washington7:30 p.m.

Jan. 2:San Jose at Vancouver8 p.m.
Jan. 3:Detroit at Dallas8 p.m.
Jan. 4:Boston at New Jersey7:30 p.m.
Jan. 8:Detroitat Chicago7:30 p.m.
Jan. 10:San Jose at Minnesota7:30 p.m.
Jan. 11:Pittsburgh at Washington7:30 p.m.
Jan. 15:N.Y. Rangers at Montreal7 p.m.
Jan. 16:Dallas at St. Louis7:30 p.m.
Jan. 17:Nashville at N.Y. Rangers7:30 p.m.
Jan. 18:Buffalo at Chicago7:30 p.m.
Jan. 23:St. Louis at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Jan. 24:Minnesota at Colorado9 p.m.
Jan. 25:Detroit at Montreal7:30 p.m.
Jan. 31:Washington at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.

Feb. 1:N.Y. Rangers at Buffalo7:30 p.m.
Feb. 5:Boston at Washington12:30 p.m.
Feb. 6:Detroit at Phoenix8 p.m.
Feb. 7:Los Angeles at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Feb. 8:Boston atBuffalo7:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Washington at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
Feb. 12:Philadelphia at Detroit7:30 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
Feb. 13:San Jose at Washington7:30 p.m.
Feb. 14:Anaheim at Minnesota7:30 p.m.
Feb. 15:Boston at Montreal7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19:New Jersey at Montreal6 p.m.
Feb. 20:Washington atCarolina7:30 p.m.
Feb. 21:Detroit at Chicago 8 p.m.
Feb. 22:Los Angeles at Colorado9 p.m.
Feb. 26:Chicago at Anaheim7 p.m.
Feb. 27:New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers7:30 p.m.
Feb. 28:Los Angeles at Minnesota7:30 p.m.
Feb. 29:Pittsburgh at Dallas7:30 p.m.

March 4:Boston at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m.
March 4:Philadelphia at Washington7 p.m.
March 5:Buffalo at Winnipeg8 p.m.
March 6:Minnesota at Colorado9 p.m.
March 7:Toronto at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
March 11:Los Angeles at Chicago7 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
March 11:Boston at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
March 12:Anaheim at Colorado9 p.m.
March 13:Carolina at N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
March 14:Colorado at Buffalo7:30 p.m.
March 18:Pittsburgh at Philadelphia3 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
March 18:Washington at Chicago7 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
March 19:New Jersey at N.Y. Rangers7:30 p.m.
March 20:Phoenix at Dallas8 p.m.
March 21:DetroitN.Y. Rangers7:30 p.m.
March 25:Minnesota at Washington5 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
March 25:Nashville at Chicago7:30 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
March 26:Tampa Bay at Philadelphia7:30 p.m.
March 27:Tampa Bay at Boston 7:30 p.m.
March 28:Detroit at Columbus7:30 p.m.

April 1:Boston at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
April 1:Philadelphia at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
April 2:Washington at Tampa Bay7 p.m.
April 3:Pittsburgh at Boston 7:30 p.m.
April 4:Detroit at St. Louis7:30 p.m.
April 5:Columbus at Colorado9 p.m.
April 6:Phoenix at St. Louis7:30 p.m.
April 7:Buffalo at Boston 3 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
April 7:Washington at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
April 7:Philadelphia at Pittsburgh4 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)
April 7:Chicago at Detroit 4 p.m. (NBC/VERSUS Flex)

NHL Network

Oct. 8:Tampa Bay at Boston7 p.m.
Oct. 9:Montreal at Winnipeg5 p.m.
Oct. 13:Washington at Pittsburgh7 p.m.
Oct. 15:Boston at Chicago8:30 p.m.
Oct. 20:Washington at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Oct. 22:Minnesota at Vancouver4 p.m.
Oct. 22:Detroit at Washington7 p.m.
Oct. 27:Montreal at Boston 7 p.m.
Oct. 28:San Jose at Detroit 7:30 p.m.
Oct. 29:Ottawa at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m.
Oct. 29:Boston at Montreal7 p.m.

Nov. 3:Anaheim at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Nov. 4:Chicago at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Nov. 5:Montreal at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Nov. 11:Washington at New Jersey7 p.m.
Nov. 12:New Jersey at Washington7 p.m.
Nov. 17:Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
Nov. 19:Detroit at Los Angeles4 p.m.
Nov. 19:N.Y. Rangers at Montreal7 p.m.
Nov. 25:N.Y. Rangers at Washington4 p.m.
Nov. 26:Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers2 p.m.
Nov. 26:Pittsburgh at Montreal7 p.m.

Dec. 1:Pittsburgh at Washington7 p.m.
Dec. 2:Detroit at Buffalo7:30 p.m.
Dec. 3:Montreal at Los Angeles3:30 p.m.
Dec. 3:Toronto at Boston7 p.m.
Dec. 8:Pittsburgh at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Dec. 10:Montreal at New Jersey3 p.m.
Dec. 10:Tampa Bay at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Dec. 15:Philadelphia at Montreal7:30 p.m.
Dec. 17:Boston at Philadelphia1 p.m.
Dec. 17:Los Angeles at Detroit7 p.m.
Dec. 23:Philadelphia at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.

Jan. 1:Calgary at Nashville6 p.m.
Jan. 6:N.Y. Rangers at Pittsburgh7 p.m.
Jan. 7:Vancouver at Boston1 p.m.
Jan. 7:Detroit at Toronto7 p.m.
Jan. 12:Montreal at Boston7 p.m.
Jan. 13:Tampa Bay at Washington7 p.m.
Jan. 14:Colorado at Dallas3 p.m.
Jan. 14:N.Y. Rangers at Toronto7 p.m.
Jan. 19:Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Jan. 20:Montreal at Pittsburgh7 p.m.
Jan. 21:N.Y. Rangers at Boston1 p.m.
Jan. 21:San Jose at Vancouver4 p.m.
Jan. 21:Montreal at Toronto7 p.m.

Feb. 2:Carolina at Boston7 p.m.
Feb. 4:Pittsburgh at Boston1 p.m.
Feb. 4:Los Angeles at Carolina7 p.m.
Feb. 9:Toronto at Philadelphia7 p.m.
Feb. 10:Anaheim at Detroit7:30 p.m.
Feb. 11:Winnipeg at Pittsburgh2 p.m.
Feb. 11:Montreal at Toronto7 p.m.
Feb. 16:Chicago at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
Feb. 18:Pittsburgh at Philadelphia1 p.m.
Feb. 18:Washington at Tampa Bay7 p.m.
Feb. 23:Vancouver at Detroit7:30 p.m.
Feb. 25:Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh1 p.m.
Feb. 25:Chicago at Los Angeles8 p.m.
Feb. 25:Washington at Toronto7 p.m.

March 2:N.Y. Rangers at Tampa Bay7:30 p.m.
March 3:Toronto at Montreal7 p.m.
March 4:Chicago at Detroit4 p.m.
March 8:Tampa Bay at Washington7 p.m.
March 9:N.Y. Rangers at Chicago8:30 p.m.
March 10:Washington at Boston1 p.m.
March 10:Philadelphia at Toronto7 p.m.
March 15:Pittsburgh at N.Y. Rangers7 p.m.
March 17:Philadelphia at Boston1 p.m.
March 17:St. Louis at Tampa Bay7 p.m.
March 22:Washington at Philadelphia7 p.m.
March 24:Boston at Los Angeles9 p.m.
March 24:Montreal at Philadelphia7 p.m.

March 29:Washington at Boston7 p.m.
March 30:Montreal at N.Y. Rangers7:30 p.m.
March 31:Boston at N.Y. Islanders1 p.m.
March 31:Montreal at Washington7 p.m.

April 7:Los Angeles at San Jose10:30 p.m.

NBC

Nov. 25:Detroit at Boston1 p.m.
Jan. 2:N.Y. Rangers at Philadelphia1 p.m.
Jan. 14:Chicago at Detroit12:30 p.m.
Jan. 22:Boston at Philadelphia3 p.m.
Jan. 22:Washington at Pittsburgh3 p.m.

Feb. 12:Washington at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m.
Feb. 12:Philadelphia at Detroit7:30 p.m.
Feb. 19:Pittsburgh at Buffalo12:30 p.m.
Feb. 19:San Jose at Detroit12:30 p.m.
Feb. 19:St. Louis at Chicago3 p.m.
Feb. 19:Boston at Minnesota3 p.m.

March 4:Boston at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m.
March 4:Philadelphia at Washington7 p.m.
March 11:Los Angeles at Chicago7 p.m.
March 11:Boston at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
March 18:Pittsburgh at Philadelphia3 p.m.
March 18:Washington at Chicago7 p.m.

April 1:Boston at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m.
April 1:Philadelphia at Pittsburgh7:30 p.m.
April 7:Buffalo at Boston3 p.m.
April 7:Washington at N.Y. Rangers3 p.m.
April 7:Philadelphia at Pittsburgh4 p.m.
April 7:Chicago at Detroit4 p.m.