NHL Canadian TV Schedule: April 1–7

RATINGS: Sat, HNIC 7pm, CBC/Rogers, 1.9m; Sat, Stars-Van, CBC, 903k; Sun, Hawks-Jets, City, 631k; Sat HNIC Pre-Game, CBC/Rogers, 433k; Sat, Rangers-Bruins, SN360, 217k; Sun, Pre-Game, City, 192k; Sun, Flames-Preds, SN West, 183k; Fri, Flames-Wild, SN West, 167k; Sun, Bruins-Canes, SN, 164k; Fri, Stars-Oilers, SN1, 142k.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 1

7:30pm, Toronto at Buffalo: SN (Dave Randorf, Greg Millen, Elliotte Friedman)
8pm, Philadelphia at Pittsburgh: SN1, TVA Sports
10pm, Edmonton at Anaheim: SN West*
10:30pm, Colorado at San Jose: SN1

THURSDAY APRIL 2

7:30pm, Washington at Montreal: SN East*, RDS*
7:30pm, Tampa Bay at Ottawa: TSN5*, RDS2*
7:30pm, Boston at Detroit: SN360, TVA Sports
8pm, Calgary at St. Louis: SN West*
8:30pm, Vancouver at Chicago: SN Pacific*
10:30pm, Edmonton at Los Angeles: SN West*

FRIDAY APRIL 3

7pm, Chicago at Buffalo: Sabres TV*
7pm, Montreal at New Jersey: SN360, RDS* (John Bartlett, Jason York)
10pm, Colorado at Anaheim: SN1

SATURDAY APRIL 4

2pm, Pittsburgh at Columbus: SN360
3pm, Vancouver at Winnipeg: TSN3*, SN Pacific*
7pm, Toronto at Boston: CBC (Jim Hughson, Glenn Healy, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake)
7pm, Washington at Ottawa: SN, TVA Sports (Bob Cole, Garry Galley, Christine Simpson)
7pm, Buffalo at NY Islanders: Sabres TV*
7pm, Detroit at Minnesota: City
10pm, Calgary at Edmonton: CBC (Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)
10pm, Colorado at Los Angeles: SN, TVA Sports

SUNDAY APRIL 5

12:30pm, Pittsburgh at Philadelphia: NBC, SN
5pm, Montreal at Florida: SN, RDS* (John Bartlett, Jason York)
7:30pm, Ottawa at Toronto: City, TVA Sports (Dave Randorf, Greg Millen, David Amber)

MONDAY APRIL 6

7pm, Carolina at Buffalo: Sabres TV*
7pm, Columbus at NY Rangers: SN
8pm, Winnipeg at Minnesota: TSN3*
10pm, Los Angeles at Vancouver: SN Pacific*

TUESDAY APRIL 7

7pm, NY Rangers at New Jersey: TVA Sports
7pm, NY Islanders at Philadelphia: SN East/Ontario/Pacific
7:30pm, Pittsburgh at Ottawa: TSN5*, RDS*
8pm, Winnipeg at St. Louis: TSN3*
9pm, Arizona at Calgary: SN West*
9:30pm, Los Angeles at Edmonton: SN1/East/Ontario/Pacific

— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV

Ratings courtesy Yahoo Sports

2015 NCAA Men’s Division I Ice Hockey Championship on TSN

The top sixteen NCAA ice hockey teams compete beginning today for the championship and all games will be broadcast by TSN. The regional semifinals run today until Sunday and then the Frozen Four semifinals plus championship takes place April 9–11.

ESPN’s lead hockey play-by-play commentator John Buccigross and lead hockey analyst Barry Melrose call the action from the Frozen Four, with reports from Quint Kessenich.

Here is the full schedule. All times are Eastern. Subject to change.

Friday, March 27

Yale vs. Boston University @ 2pm on TSN2
St. Cloud State vs. Michigan Tech @ 4:30pm on TSN GO
Minnesota vs. Minnesota Duluth @ 5:30pm on TSN3
Quinnipiac vs. North Dakota @ 8pm on TSN3

Saturday, March 28

Boston College vs. Denver @ 3pm on TSN2
RIT vs. Minnesota St. Mankato @4 pm on TSN1
Northeast Regional Final @ 5:30pm on TSN2
Harvard vs. Omaha @ 7:30pm on TSN GO
Providence vs. Miami (Ohio) @ 8pm on TSN2 (joined in progress)
West Regional Final @ 9pm on TSN2

Sunday, March 29

East Regional Final @ 5pm on TSN4
Midwest Regional Final @ 7:30pm on TSN2

Thursday, April 9

NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal #1 @ 5pm on TSN2
NCAA Frozen Four Semifinal #2 @ 8:30pm on TSN2

Saturday, April 11

NCAA Frozen Four Championship @ 7:30pm on TSN2

NHL Canadian TV Schedule: March 25–31

RATINGS: For the first time this season, the horrific Toronto Maple Leafs were banished from the CBC to cable television. A quick search of Twitter on Saturday night revealed a whole bunch of whiny people wanting to see a bunch of garbage clowns on free television. 875,000 people managed to find the game on Sportsnet, while the Montreal-San Jose game on CBC got 922,000 viewers – not quite as good as the million-plus the Leafs usually get, but with a combined audience of 2.2 million for the early slot, I doubt Rogers are too upset. Here’s the remainder of NHL ratings: Van-Coyotes, City Sun, 627k; Flyers-Oilers, CBC Sat late, 512k; Caps-Jets, CBC Sat early, 414k; Van-LA, SNP Sat, 355k; Sunday pre-game, City, 310k; Jackets-Flames, SNW Sat, 163k; Blues-Wild, SNE/O Sat, 121k.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 25

8pm, Chicago at Philadelphia: TVA Sports
8pm, Colorado at Edmonton: SN (Kevin Quinn, Drew Remenda, Gene Principe)
10pm, Dallas at Calgary: SN1 (Rick Ball, Eric Francis, Kelly Hrudey, Roger Millions)

THURSDAY MARCH 26

7pm, Anaheim at Boston: TVA Sports
7pm, Arizona at Buffalo: Sabres TV*
7pm, Los Angeles at NY Islanders: SNOntario/West/Pacific
7:30pm, Florida at Toronto: TSN4*
7:30pm, NY Rangers at Ottawa: TSN5*, RDS2*
8pm, Montreal at Winnipeg: TSN3*, SN East*, RDS*
10pm, Colorado at Vancouver: SN Pacific*

FRIDAY MARCH 27

8pm, Calgary at Minnesota: SN West*
9:30pm, Dallas at Edmonton: SN1 (Kevin Quinn, Drew Remenda, Mark Spector, Gene Principe)

SATURDAY MARCH 28

1pm, NY Rangers at Boston: SN360
7pm, Ottawa at Toronto: CBC, TVA Sports 2 (Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Scott Oake)
7pm, Florida at Montreal: City, TVA Sports (Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, Dave Amber)
8pm, Los Angeles at Minnesota: SN
9pm, Buffalo at Colorado: Sabres TV*
10pm, Dallas at Vancouver: CBC (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)

SUNDAY MARCH 29

3pm, Washington at NY Rangers: TVA Sports
5pm, Florida at Ottawa: TSN5*, RDS*
5pm, Boston at Carolina: SN East/Ontario/Pacific
5pm, Calgary at Nashville: SN West*
7:30pm, Chicago at Winnipeg: City, WGN (Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Scott Oake)

MONDAY MARCH 30

7:30pm, Tampa Bay at Montreal: SN East*, RDS*
8pm, Vancouver at St. Louis: SN Pacific*
8:30pm, Los Angeles at Chicago: SN Ontario
8:30pm, Calgary at Dallas: SN West*
9pm, Edmonton at Colorado: SN1
10pm, Buffalo at Arizona: Sabres TV*

TUESDAY MARCH 31

7pm, Florida at Boston: SN East/Ontario/West
7:30pm, Tampa Bay at Toronto: TSN4*, TVA Sports
7:30pm, Ottawa at Detroit: TSN5*, RDS*
8pm, Vancouver at Nashville: SN Pacific*
8pm, NY Rangers at Winnipeg: TSN3*

NHL Canadian TV Schedule: March 18–24

WEDNESDAY MARCH 18

8pm, Chicago at NY Rangers: SN1, TVA Sports
10pm, Columbus at Edmonton: SN Oilers*
10:30pm, Los Angeles at Anaheim: SN

THURSDAY MARCH 19

7:30pm, San Jose at Toronto: TSN4*, TVA Sports
7:30pm, Carolina at Montreal: SN East*, RDS*
7:30pm, Boston at Ottawa: TSN5*, RDS2*
8pm, St. Louis at Winnipeg: TSN3*
8:30pm, Pittsburgh at Dallas: SN360
9pm, Philadelphia at Calgary: SN West*
10pm, Columbus at Vancouver: SN Pacific*

FRIDAY MARCH 20

7pm, New Jersey at Buffalo: Sabres TV*
7:30pm, Detroit at Tampa Bay: SN360, TVA Sports
10pm, Colorado at Anaheim: SN1

SATURDAY MARCH 21

2pm, St. Louis at Minnesota: SN East/Ontario
4pm, Columbus at Calgary: SN West*
4pm, Vancouver at Los Angeles: SN Pacific*
7pm, San Jose at Montreal: CBC, TVA Sports (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Christine Simpson)
7pm, Toronto at Ottawa: SN, TVA Sports 2 (Bob Cole, Garry Galley, David Amber)
7pm, Washington at Winnipeg: City (Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Scott Oake)
8pm, Buffalo at Nashville: Sabres TV*
10pm, Philadelphia at Edmonton: CBC (Dave Randorf, Greg Millen, Cassie Campbell-Pascall)

SUNDAY MARCH 22

12pm, St. Louis at Detroit: NBC, SN360
5pm, Boston at Tampa Bay: TVA Sports
8pm, Vancouver at Arizona: City (John Shorthouse, John Garrett, Dan Murphy)

MONDAY MARCH 23

7pm, Los Angeles at New Jersey: SN East/Ontario/Pacific
7:30pm, Minnesota at Toronto: TSN4*
7:30pm, San Jose at Ottawa: TSN5*
8:30pm, Buffalo at Dallas: Sabres TV*
9pm, Colorado at Calgary: SN West*
9:30pm, Winnipeg at Edmonton: TSN3*, SN Oilers*

TUESDAY MARCH 24

7pm, Los Angeles at NY Rangers: SN Ontario/West/Pacific
7pm, St. Louis at Pittsburgh: TVA Sports
8pm, Montreal at Nashville: SN East*, RDS*
10pm, Winnipeg at Vancouver: SN

— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV

GamePlus stays exclusive to Rogers customers; Rogers appeals to the hip kids

…The CRTC announced yesterday morning that it had dismissed Bell Media’s complaint over the NHL Game Centre app and the exclusive GamePlus features available only to Rogers customers, calling it “innovative”.

To encourage innovative ways of presenting content and the creation of compelling content for digital media, including Internet and mobile video services, the CRTC allows companies to provide exclusive content to their subscribers, as long as it is not created mainly for traditional television.

The CRTC considers that the programming available on GamePlus is essentially produced for distribution on digital media. As such, it can be offered exclusively and does not constitute an undue preference in favour of Rogers subscribers. In the CRTC’s view, Rogers is in compliance with the established rules.

The CRTC chairman added that GamePlus is a second-screen digital-only experience and thus is compliant with the current rules for television that Bell used to make their argument. If Bell were smart, they would offer exclusive content to their customers for major properties they have rights to such as the NFL.

…Sportsnet is allegedly hip with the kids – so says a new research survey released earlier this month.

Asked to identify the biggest changes in this year’s NHL telecasts, respondents cited the availability of more out-of-town games, more games on additional channels and a “hipper” feel to telecasts. One person’s response: “It’s different, trying to appeal to the younger viewer somewhat but I’m still fine with it.”

Among the biggest complaints lobbed at Rogers were fewer Montreal Canadiens games and less access to French broadcasts, while some respondents described the new telecasts as “flashy” and “gimmicky.”

Depending on what circles you frequent, you’re probably one of the 55% who rank Rogers’ broadcasts as average to poor or one of the 38% who gave them a score of between seven and nine out of ten. The lads over at Pension Plan Puppets do a great job of destroying the Rogers press release touting their newfound coolness.

…Tomorrow night is the hugely anticipated (read: I only just heard about it for the first time) debut of Hockey Wives – an eight-part realty series about the life and times of wives of ice hockey players in the NHL on something called the W Network. I’m sure it’ll be riveting.

— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV

2015 March Madness Begins Tuesday on TSN

TSN will make full use of their five feeds during NCAA March Madness beginning this Tuesday — all but one game will be shown on TSN with the sole game available on TSN GO and possibly CBS. Gurdeep Ahluwalia and Nabil Karim will host alongside analysts Jack Armstrong, Leo Rautins, and Morris Peterson. Former TSN’er Dan Shulman will also join the panel with analysis.

ESPN’s College Gamenight: Bracketology will air tonight at 7pm ET on TSN2 with a preview of all the announced matchups. CBS and CBSSports.com have the Sunday Selection announcement from 6pm ET. CBS will also cover plenty of the action over the next couple weeks for those without cable.

Broadcast schedule below. All times Eastern and information subject to change. Continue reading

NHL Canadian TV Schedule: March 11–17

RATINGS: Last Saturday night’s early game featuring Blues-Leafs, Jets-Preds, and Habs-Coyotes drew a combined rating of 1.7 million, making it the most-watched sporting program of the week. The St. Louis at Toronto game though drew just 743,000 viewers – the lowest Leafs rating since 2009. The Tim Horton’s Brier no doubt took some viewers away from the game, but also the fact the team are a bunch of garbage clowns right now. Other NHL games were: Sat late night, Rogers, 827k; Sun Cal-Ott, City, 623k; Sat HNIC pre-game, Rogers, 497k; Sun pre-game, City, 207k; Sat Phil-Bos, SN1, 136k.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11

7pm, Buffalo at Toronto: SN (Dave Randorf, Greg Millen, Elliotte Friedman)
8pm, NY Rangers at Washington: SN1, TVA Sports (Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Joe Micheletti)
9:30pm, Anaheim at Calgary: SN West*

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

7pm, Tampa Bay at Boston: SN360, TVA Sports
7pm, Edmonton at Pittsburgh: SN West*
7:30pm, Ottawa at Montreal: TSN5*, SN East*, RDS*
7:30pm, Florida at Winnipeg: TSN3*
10pm, Los Angeles at Vancouver: SN Pacific*
10pm, Chicago at Arizona: WGN
10:30pm, Nashville at San Jose: SN360

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

7pm, Ottawa at NY Islanders: TSN5*, RDS*
7pm, Edmonton at Columbus: SN Oilers*
8pm, Toronto at Calgary: TSN4*, SN West*

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

1pm, Boston at Pittsburgh: TVA Sports
4pm, Chicago at San Jose: WGN, SN
7pm, Winnipeg at Tampa Bay: SN (Bob Cole, Greg Millen, Shawn McKenzie)
7pm, Montreal at NY Islanders: City, TVA Sports (John Bartlett, Garry Galley, Christine Simpson)
7pm, Toronto at Vancouver: CBC (Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, Scott Oake)
10pm, Calgary at Colorado: CBC, TVA Sports 2 (Paul Romanuk, Mike Johnson, Roger Millions)
10pm, Nashville at Los Angeles: SN

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

12:30pm, Detroit at Pittsburgh: NBC, SN (Mike Emrick, Eddie Olcyzk, Pierre McGuire)
7pm, Philadelphia at Ottawa: City, TVA Sports (Dave Randorf, Garry Galley, David Amber)

MONDAY, MARCH 16

7pm, Washington at Buffalo: SN1
7:30pm, Montreal at Tampa Bay: SN East*, RDS*
9:30pm, Toronto at Edmonton: SN Ontario*, SN West*
10:30pm, Arizona at Los Angeles: SN Pacific

TUESDAY, MARCH 17

7pm, Pittsburgh at New Jersey: SN Ontario/Pacific, TVA Sports
7pm, Ottawa at Carolina: TSN5*, RDS2*
7:30pm, Montreal at Florida: SN East*, RDS*
8pm, San Jose at Winnipeg: TSN3*
9pm, St. Louis at Calgary: SN West*
10pm, Philadelphia at Vancouver: SN Pacific*

— Dan | @SportsOnCdnTV