The Flames don’t find themselves in any of NBC’s NHL coverage in 2016-17, but there are plenty of good rivalry games on tap. Here’s a look at the complete NBCSN NHL coverage for this coming season:
NHL ON NBCSN
NBCSN will televise 92 NHL regular-season games this season, including the Opening Night doubleheader, 24 Wednesday Night Rivalry games, 6 Wednesday Nightcaps, 11 Sunday Night Hockey contests, and NHL All-Star coverage.
NBCSN coverage begins on Wednesday, Oct. 12 at 7 p.m. ET with NHL Live, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show, leading into coverage of Blues-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry game from United Center in Chicago, Ill., at 8 p.m. ET. Coverage shifts to San Jose, immediately following Blues-Blackhawks, for the Wednesday Nightcap, featuring the Sharks and Kings.
NHL ON NBC
NHL on NBC coverage begins on Friday, November 25, at 1 p.m. ET, with the NHL Thanksgiving Showdown featuring the New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, marking the first of 14 games that will air on NBC during the regular season. Beginning on January 22, and continuing through the end of the regular season, NBC will present the NHL Game of the Week, generally occurring on Sunday afternoons. Following is the 2016-17 NHL on NBC regular season schedule:
Date Away Home Time (ET)
Fri., Nov. 25 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 1 Detroit Toronto 3 p.m.
Mon., Jan 2 Chicago St. Louis 1 p.m.
Sun., Jan 22 N.Y. Rangers Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 5 Los Angeles Washington 12 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12 Detroit Minnesota 3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19 Washington N.Y. Rangers 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19 Detroit Pittsburgh 3 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 25 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26 Boston Dallas 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 12 N.Y. Rangers Detroit 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 26 Philadelphia Pittsburgh 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Apr. 2 Boston Chicago 12:30 p.m.
Sat., Apr. 8 Washington Boston 3 p.m.
NHL WINTER CLASSIC, NHL CENTENNIAL CLASSIC AND NHL STADIUM SERIES
The annual NHL Winter Classic will take place on January 2, 2017, on NBC at 1 p.m. ET at Busch Stadium, home of Major League Baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals, and will feature the Chicago Blackhawks visiting the St. Louis Blues. Created in 2008, the NHL Winter Classic has produced the five most-watched NHL regular-season games in the past 41 years.
NBC will present exclusive coverage of the NHL Centennial Classic and NHL Stadium Series. The NHL Centennial Classic will feature the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs at BMO Field in Toronto on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2017 at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. The NHL Centennial Classic will kick off a year-long Centennial celebration in 2017, as the league will highlight its 100th year with numerous events that will commemorate a century of NHL hockey.
NBC will present this season’s NHL Stadium Series matchup between the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pa., on Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017, at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. This marks the second time Heinz Field will host an outdoor NHL game, after hosting the 2011 NHL Winter Classic featuring the Penguins and Capitals.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT RIVALRY
NBCSN’s exclusive Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage will return for a fourth season and will feature some of the biggest rivalries in the NHL, including Penguins-Capitals, Blues-Blackhawks, and Rangers-Islanders. The network will air exclusive coverage on Wednesday nights for 24 weeks, with games usually starting at 8 p.m. ET. WNR begins Wednesday, October 12, with Opening Night coverage between the Blues and Blackhawks.
Last year’s Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage averaged 608,000 viewers, and WNR coverage produced three of the 10 most-watched NHL regular-season games in network history. NBCSN’s 10 most-watched games in 2015-16 were either Wednesday Night Rivalry or Sunday Night Hockeygames.
NBCSN 2016-17 NHL Wednesday Night Rivalry schedule (subject to change):
Date Away Home Time (ET)
October 12 St. Louis Chicago 8 p.m.
October 19 Detroit N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
October 26 Boston N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
November 2 Detroit Philadelphia 8 p.m.
November 9 Chicago St. Louis 8 p.m.
November 16 Pittsburgh Washington 7:30 p.m.
November 30 Pittsburgh N.Y. Islanders 8 p.m.
December 7 Boston Washington 8 p.m.
December 14 Boston Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.
December 21 Washington Philadelphia 8 p.m.
January 4 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia 8 p.m.
January 11 Pittsburgh Washington 8 p.m.
January 18 Boston Detroit 8 p.m.
January 25 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
February 1 Boston Washington 8 p.m.
February 8 Chicago Minnesota 8 p.m.
February 15 St. Louis Detroit 8 p.m.
February 22 Washington Philadelphia 8 p.m.
March 1 Pittsburgh Chicago 8 p.m.
March 8 Detroit Boston 8 p.m.
March 15 Pittsburgh Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.
March 22 N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers 8 p.m.
March 29 Chicago Pittsburgh 8 p.m.
April 5 N.Y. Rangers Washington 8 p.m.
In addition NBCSN will present six games on Wednesday nights that will immediately follow Wednesday Night Rivalry matchups. These nightcaps will showcase one or two Western Conference teams. The first of these games will take place on Opening Night, when Los Angeles visits San Jose following Blues-Blackhawks Wednesday Night Rivalry coverage. Following are the six Wednesday Nightcap games:
Date Away Home Time (ET)
October 12 Los Angeles San Jose 10:30 p.m.
November 30 San Jose Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
December 14 Philadelphia Colorado 10 p.m.
January 18 San Jose Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
February 1 Colorado Los Angeles 10:30 p.m.
February 15 Florida San Jose 10 p.m.
SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NBCSN
Beginning on January 10, NBCSN will present 11 Sunday Night Hockey matchups. These contests include Canadiens-Bruins, Wild-Blackhawks, and Flyers-Rangers. The Wild and Blackhawks lead the league with four Sunday Night Hockey appearances apiece. Last season’s 13 Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN averaged 491,000 viewers, up 28% vs the 2014-15 Sunday game average (384,000; 13 games). Following is NBCSN’s Sunday Night Hockey schedule:
Date Away Home Time (ET)
January 8 Minnesota Anaheim 8 p.m.
January 15 Minnesota Chicago 7 p.m.
February 12 Montreal Boston 7:30 p.m.
February 19 Chicago Buffalo 6 p.m.
February 19 Boston San Jose 8:30 p.m.
February 26 St. Louis Chicago 7:30 p.m.
March 5 St. Louis Colorado 8 p.m.
March 12 Minnesota Chicago 7 p.m.
March 26 Minnesota Detroit 7 p.m.
April 2 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers 7:30 p.m.
April 9 TBD TBD TBD
NHL ALL-STAR WEEKEND – JAN. 28-29 – STAPLES CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CALIF.
NBCSN will present extensive coverage of the 2017 NHL All-Star Weekend from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif., the home of the Los Angeles Kings. NHL All-Star will take place January 28-29, 2017, and will include the NHL All-Star Skills Competition™ on Saturday, January 28, and the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, January 29. Last year’s NHL All-Star Game in Nashville, Tenn., fueled by a new 3-on-3 tournament style format, was the most-watched and highest-rated All-Star Game in the network’s history.
NHL LIVE AND NHL OVERTIME
NHL Live and NHL Overtime, NBCSN’s live pre- and post-game show with highlights and analysis of NHL matchups, will air before and after most games. A 60-minute edition of NHL Live will air prior to most games, while NHL Overtime will air immediately following most games.
NBC Sports Group 2016-17 NHL regular-season schedule (subject to change):
Date Away Home Network Time (ET)
Wed., Oct. 12 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 12 Los Angeles San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 13 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Fri., Oct. 14 Chicago Nashville NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 18 Philadelphia Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 19 Detroit N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 25 Buffalo Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Oct. 25 Anaheim San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 26 Boston N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 1 Tampa Bay N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 1 San Jose Arizona NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 2 Detroit Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 9 Chicago St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 15 Tampa Bay Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 16 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 22 St. Louis Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 23 Philadelphia Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 23 Chicago San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 25 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBC 1 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 29 Boston Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 30 Pittsburgh N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 30 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 7 Boston Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Dec. 13 Chicago N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 14 Boston Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 14 Philadelphia Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Fri., Dec. 16 Los Angeles Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 21 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 28 Philadelphia St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Dec. 29 New Jersey Washington NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 1 Detroit Toronto NBC 3 p.m.
Mon., Jan 2 Chicago St. Louis NBC 1 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 3 Buffalo N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 3 Los Angels San Jose NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 4 N.Y. Rangers Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 5 Buffalo Chicago NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 8 Minnesota Anaheim NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 10 Boston St. Louis NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 11 Pittsburgh Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 12 Montreal Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 15 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 7 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 16 Washington Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 17 Chicago Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Wed., Jan 18 Boston Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 18 San Jose Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 22 Boston Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.
Mon., Jan. 23 San Jose Colorado NBCSN 9 p.m.
Tue., Jan. 24 St. Louis Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 25 Philadelphia N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Jan. 26 St. Louis Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 1 Boston Washington NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 1 Colorado Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 2 N.Y. Rangers Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 5 Los Angeles Washington NBC 12 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 6 St. Louis Philadelphia NBCSN 7 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 7 Los Angeles Tampa Bay NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 8 Chicago Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 9 N.Y. Islanders Philadelphia NBCSN 7 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 10 Tampa Bay Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12 Detroit Minnesota NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 12 Montreal Boston NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 13 N.Y. Rangers Columbus NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 15 St. Louis Detroit NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 15 Florida San Jose NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 16 Colorado Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19 Washington N.Y. Rangers NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19 Detroit Pittsburgh NBC 3 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 19 Chicago Buffalo NBCSN 6 p.m.
Sun. Feb. 19 Boston San Jose NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 21 Chicago Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 22 Washington Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Feb. 23 N.Y. Islanders Montreal NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 25 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBC 8 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26 Boston Dallas NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Feb. 26 St. Louis Chicago NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 27 Los Angeles Minnesota NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tue., Feb. 28 Colorado Philadelphia NBCSN 7 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 1 Pittsburgh Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.
Thur., Mar. 2 N.Y. Rangers Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 5 St. Louis Colorado NBCSN 8 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 6 Dallas Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 7 Philadelphia Buffalo NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 8 Detroit Boston NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 12 N.Y. Rangers Detroit NBC 12:30 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 12 Minnesota Chicago NBCSN 7 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 13 Carolina N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 14 Chicago Montreal NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 15 Pittsburgh Philadelphia NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 15 Detroit Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Mon., Mar. 20 Buffalo Detroit NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Tue., Mar. 21 San Jose Minnesota NBCSN 8:30 p.m.
Wed., Mar. 22 N.Y. Islanders N.Y. Rangers NBCSN 8 p.m.
Sun., Mar. 26 Philadelphia Pittsburgh NBC 12:30 p.m.