Toronto Maple Leafs 2015–16 NHL Television Schedule

Toronto Maple Leafs fans will be flipping between TSN and Sportsnet again this season in order to see their team’s games. Due to Bell and Rogers owning the team, they are in the unique situation where both networks split the 52 regional games. TSN will have 26 regional games while Sportsnet have 40 national games and only 16 regional – a result of Sportsnet able to upgrade certain regional games to national.

For TSN, Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert will split play-by-play duties during the season with Ray Ferraro handling colour commentary. All games will be on TSN4. On Sportsnet Ontario, Paul Romanuk, Greg Millen and Christine Simpson will handle commentary duties for the regional games. Nationally, the Leafs will have 20 Hockey Night In Canada matches, 10 on Wednesday Night Hockey and just three Sunday night national appearances.

On radio, TSN Radio 1050 Toronto and Sportsnet The Fan 590 split the games 50-50 with Joe Bowen and Jim Ralph on the call for both networks.

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2013-14 Maple Leafs on Sportsnet Schedule

This week TSN and Sportsnet are releasing regional NHL TV schedules for the upcoming season. TSN also released its national slate yesterday. I will post links to all of the schedules, as well as the press releases.

All of Sportsnet’s 23 regular season Maple Leafs telecasts will air on Sportsnet Ontario and will feature veteran play-by-play announcer Joe Bowen, analyst and former NHLer Greg Millen and host Paul HendrickHOCKEY CENTRAL will preview every game with a half-hour pre-game show, and will also provide intermission and post-game analysis.

 

Highlights from Sportsnet’s Toronto Maple Leafs regular season TV broadcast schedule include:

·         Two all-Canadian showdowns versus Edmonton and Calgary

·         A matchup with 2013 Stanley Cup finalists Boston Bruins on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m. ET

·         Maple Leafs visit Steel City to take on Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET
Sportsnet keeps Toronto Maple Leafs fans connected to their home team first as the exclusive Canadian broadcaster of 24/7 Red Wings/Maple Leafs: Road to the NHL Winter Classic. The series will provide an all-access pass to the events leading up to the 2014 NHL Winter Classic, featuring the Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings playing outdoors at Michigan Stadium on the University of Michigan campus. The series will air on Sportsnet and City (broadcast schedule to be announced at a later date)

Full schedule

Stanley Cup Playoffs Ratings Update #1

Here are the ratings for games on CBC, as well as the Canucks on TSN and Canadiens on RDS for the first six days of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Montreal vs. Ottawa (CBC/RDS)
Game 1, 5/2: 1.9 million (CBC) + 1.2 million (RDS) = 3.1 million
Game 2, 5/3: 1.8 million (CBC) + 1.2 million (RDS) = 3 million
Game 3, 5/5: 2.3 million (CBC) + 1.3 million (RDS) = 3.6 million

Boston vs. Toronto (CBC)
Game 1, 5/1: 2.6 million
Game 2, 5/4: 3.2 million

Vancouver vs. San Jose (TSN)
Game 1, 5/1: 1.25 million
Game 2, 5/3: 1.3 million
Game 3, 5/5: 1.1 million

St. Louis vs. Los Angeles (CBC)
Game 1, 4/30: 1.3 million*
Game 2, 5/2: 822, 000
Game 3, 5/4: 1.1 million

Chicago vs. Minnesota (CBC)
Game 1, 4/30: 1.3 million*
Game 2, 5/3: 687, 000
Game 3, 5/5: 502, 000

*These games were a split-national broadcast; the ratings are for the two games combined.
All numbers are BBM Canada AMA 2+

Based on this, it looks like CBC made the right decision to take the Montreal-Ottawa series instead of the Canucks. Not only is it getting better ratings, but even CBC’s third choice (STL-LA) put up comparable numbers for game 3. Its never good when a series trends downward on the weekend, as happened with the Canucks last night. To compare, last year the Canucks had a million more viewers for game 3 (on a Wednesday night) on CBC. In fact the Canucks’ ratings for games 1-3 were quite comparable to Habs-Sens this year. I know there is a difference between TSN and CBC, but come on, it isn’t worth 50% reduction in audience levels. The first three games from Flyers-Penguins on TSN last spring all had better ratings than the first three from Sharks-Canucks this year.

For comparison, here are the ratings for the first few days of the playoffs last year.

2013 NHL Playoffs Matchups and TV Coverage

I expect that the NHL will release their 2013 Conference Quarterfinals schedule Sunday night at 11:00pm Eastern on a special that will air on NHL Network. That’s regardless of what happens tonight. However, with about 24 hours for schedules to leak before any is officially released, I’m sure some news will come out early.

In this post I’ll list the NHL Playoff Matchups as they are confirmed, what networks will cover them, and the night the series will start. I’ll also add full schedule information once it is available. Anything that is not confirmed, but worth mentioning (probably broadcasters and current, but not final standings) is in italics. I’m assuming every series will start Tuesday or Wednesday, but that’s not confirmed. Feel free to post any information you come across in the comments.

Eastern Conference
(1) Pittsburgh Penguins vs. (8) New York Islanders (Game 1, Wednesday)
(2) Montreal Canadiens vs. (7) Ottawa Senators (Game 1, Wednesday)
(3) Washington Capitals vs. (6) New York Rangers
(4) Boston Bruins vs. (5) Toronto Maple Leafs

Western Conference
(1) Chicago Blackhawks vs. (8) Minnesota Wild (Game 1, Tuesday at 8pm)
(2) Anaheim Ducks vs. (7) Detroit Red Wings (Game 1, Tuesday at 10:30pm)
(3) Vancouver Canucks vs. (6) San Jose Sharks
(4) St. Louis Blues vs. (5) Los Angeles Kings (Game 1, Tuesday)

*The Canadiens will likely play game 1 on Tuesday.

NHL Returns to Big Ratings

It’s hardly surprising that the first Saturday of the delayed NHL regular season attracted higher than usual ratings for the CBC. Regardless of how many fans say they are pissed off at the NHL and will never watch again, there are ten others who will watch every bit as much as before. What is a bit surprising though, is just how big the ratings were. The matinee, Ottawa @ Winnipeg, had an average audience of 1.493 million viewers. Not only is that a record for an afternoon regular season game, but it is the first non-Hockey Day in Canada matinee to hit a million viewers.

CBC also set a record in primetime, with an average of 3.317 million Canadians tuning into the Maple Leafs @ Canadiens game. An additional 1.3 million watched on RDS, bringing the total average audience above 4 million viewers. The “Prime West” game on CBC, which surely struggled to keep the interest of Canucks fans, 1.471 million viewers. That is the highest rated late game since Hockey Day in Canada last season.

2013 Maple Leafs TV Schedule

James van Riemsdyk was the Leafs major addition in the offseson. He will make his home debut January 21 on Sportsnet Ontario.

James van Riemsdyk was the Leafs major addition in the offseson. He will make his home debut January 21 on Sportsnet Ontario.

Sportsnet Ontario released its 2013 Maple Leafs broadcast schedule today. Sportsnet is slated to show 14 Leafs games in Ontario. CBC and TSN will combine to show 24. That leaves 10 Leafs games unaccounted for. It is still unknown whether those will air on Leafs TV, or possibly Sportsnet and/or TSN (or some combination). The latter is a possibility though. What happens with those other ten Leafs games is probably the most interesting aspect of this season’s TV schedules.

Joe Bowen and Greg Millen return to the broadcast booth on both networks, with Paul Hendrick reporting rinkside. Sportsnet will also have 30 minute pregame shows with Hockey Central.

Here is the complete broadcast schedule. All times are Eastern.

January
Monday, Jan. 21, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Jan. 31, Washington @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

February
Monday, Feb. 4, Carolina @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 11, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, Feb. 18, Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 21, Buffalo @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, Feb. 28, Toronto @ NY Islanders, 7 p.m. ET

March
Monday, March 4, New Jersey @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 14, Pittsburgh @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, March 21, Toronto @ Buffalo, 7 p.m. ET
Tuesday, March 26, Florida @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET

April
Thursday, April 4, Philadelphia @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Monday, April 8, NY Rangers @ Toronto, 7 p.m. ET
Thursday, April 25, Toronto @ Florida, 7:30 p.m. ET

Who to Follow For NHL Trade Deadline 2012

The NHL’s trade deadline is tomorrow. While TSN and Sportsnet will compete against each other for viewers, many trades are now broken on Twitter. Even in the past year the popularity of Twitter has increased exponentially. This list should include most who will break trades tomorrow. It is also a good way to avoid Bob McKenzie, James Duthie, Gord Miller, Pierre Lebrun and Nick Kypreos. It is also worth noting that ALL TSN accounts are Twitter verified for this reason. I’ll start with the national broadcasters (TSN, CBC, Sportsnet), then include some other local reporters.

Hosts
TSN: James Duthie, Gino RedaSteve Kouleas, Dave Hodge
SN: Darren Millard, Jeff Marek, Chris Simpson

Insiders
TSN: Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Pierre Lebrun, Gord Miller
SN: Nick Kypreos, Scott Morrison, John Shannon, Mark Spector
CBC: Elliotte Friedman, Tim Wharnsby, Gord Stellick

Analysts
TSN: Marc Crawford, Aaron Ward, Mike Johnson, Craig Button, Ray Ferraro, Darren Pang
SN: Brad May, Gary Valk, Billy Jaffe, Brian Lawton, Neil Smith
CBC: Kevin Weekes

Local Reporters
Montreal Canadiens
John Lu (TSN), Louis Jean (SN), Renaud Lavoie (RDS), François Gagnon (La Presse), Tony Marinaro (TSN 990), Dave Stubbs (Montreal Gazette), Luc Gélinas (RDS)

Ottawa Senators
Brent Wallace (TSN), Ian Mendes (SN), Bruce Garrioch (Ottawa Sun)

Toronto Maple Leafs
Mark Masters (TSN), Katherine Dolan (TSN), Nabil Karim (TSN), Barry Davis (SN), Tony Ambrogio (SN), James Mirtle (The Globe), David Alter (Fan 590), Lance Hornby (Toronto Sun), Damien Cox (The Star), Dave Feschuck (The Star), Bruce Arthur (National Post), Steve Simmons (Toronto Sun)

Winnipeg Jets
Sara Orlesky (TSN), Gary Lawless (Winnipeg Free Press), Ken Wiebe (Winnipeg Sun), Paul Friesen (Winnipeg Sun)

Calgary Flames
Jermain Franklin (TSN), Roger Millions (SN), Eric Duhatschek (The Globe), Eric Francis (Calgary Sun), George Johnson (Calgary Herald), Steve McFarlane (Calgary Sun), Pat Steinberg (Fan 960)

Edmonton Oilers
Gene Principe (SN), Derek Van Diest (Edmonton Sun)

Vancouver Canucks
Dan Murphy (SN), Ryan Rishaug (TSN), Farhan Lalji (TSN), Craig MacEwen (SN), Jason Botchford (Vancouver Province), Iain MacIntyre (Vancouver Sun)

You can also follow me on Twitter.

Thanks to @alittlehghas, @kerbjack27, @hlechtzier and @chrisjamessauve for help with local reporters. If you think I missed anyone, leave a comment with a link to their Twitter account.