Habs, Leafs to Open 2013 NHL Season

Renaud Lavoie of RDS has reported that the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs will open the 2013 NHL season on Saturday January 19 at the Bell Centre. Puck-drop is most likely at 7:00pm ET. It will air on CBC and RDS. CBC will have at least one other game on their schedule, although more are possible. CBC was originally scheduled to have a game Saturday afternoon, in addition to the primetime doubleheader. The schedule will most likely be released Saturday or Sunday, depending on when the NHLPA ratifies the new CBA.

MLSE’s Board… If you were watching TSN and Sportsnet’s constant coverage of the firing of Brian Burke today, you may have noticed numerous mentions of a dust-up with the new MLSE board members. If you’re like myself, you’re probably wondering exactly who these board members are. There are six. Two from Rogers, two from Bell, Larry Tannenbaum, and Dale Lastman. Reasoning would go that Tannenbaum, who sits on the NHL’s board of directors for MLSE, didn’t suddenly have a change in heart in Burke. Bell’s representatives are George A. Cope, the CEO of Bell Canada, and Mary Ann Turcke, who reports directly to Cope. Rogers’ representatives are Nadir Mohamed, CEO of Rogers Communications, and Edward Rogers, the son of the late Ted Rogers. Lastman is an independent lawyer from the law firm Goodmans.

NFL Playoff Streaming… For the first time ever CTV will offer free streaming of every playoff game they broadcast, including the Super Bowl. The only game not streamed is this Sunday’s AFC Divisional Playoff, which airs on TSN.

NHL Canadian TV Guide: April 2-7

Here is the NHL Canadian TV Guide for the last week of the 2011-12 season. Lots on games on TV this week, mostly on TSN2 though. CBC has a tripleheader on Saturday and TSN has two games as well.

I will continue to post a schedule, with commentators, during the playoffs. However, I’ll do it on a daily basis. Also, keep checking next weekend as I’ll post the playoff schedule, with TV information, as soon as its available.

Thanks to Puck the Media for posting the CBC commentator crews. National broadcasts are in bold, regional broadcasts are in italics.

Monday April 2
7:00pm, Washington Capitals @ Tampa Bay Lightning – TSN2, RDS INFO
Rick Peckham & Pierre McGuire

10:30pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Los Angeles Kings – SN West

Tuesday April 3
7:30pm, Pittsburgh Penguins @ Boston Bruins – TSN2, RDS
Dave Strader & Brian Engblom

10:00pm, Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks – TSN
Gord Miler & Ray Ferraro

7:00pm, Toronto Maple Leafs @ Buffalo Sabres – SN Ontario
7:30pm, Carolina Hurricanes @ Ottawa Senators – SN East, TVA Sports
7:30pm, Winnipeg Jets @ Florida Panthers – TSN-Jets

Wednesday April 4
7:30pm, Detroit Red Wings @ St. Louis Blues – TSN2
Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk & Pierre McGuire

7:30pm, Tampa Bay Lightning @ Montreal Canadiens – TSN, RDS
Chris Cuthbert & Mike Johnson

Thursday April  5
7:00pm, New York Rangers @ Pittsburgh Penguins – TSN2
Dave Strader & Brian Engblom

7:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Carolina Hurricanes – TSN-Habs, RDS
7:00pm, Tampa Bay Lightning @ Toronto Maple Leafs – LeafsTV
7:00pm, Winnipeg Jets @ New York Islanders – TSN-Jets
7:30pm, Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators – SN East, TVA Sports
9:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Calgary Flames – SN Pacific, SN-Flames
9:30pm, Anaheim Ducks @ Edmonton Oilers – SN West

Friday April 6
7:30pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ St. Louis Blues – TSN2
John Forslund & Joe Micheletti

Saturday April 7
1:00pm, Chicago Blackhawks @ Detroit Red Wings – TSN2, NBC
Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk & Pierre McGuire

3:00pm, Ottawa Senators @ New Jersey Devils – CBC
Bob Cole & Garry Galley (reporter: Cassie Campbell)

7:00pm, Toronto Maple Leafs @ Montreal Canadiens – CBC, RDS
Mark Lee, Kevin Weekes & Glenn Healy (reporter: David Amber)

7:00pm, Tampa Bay Lightning @ Winnipeg Jets – CBC
Dean Brown & Greg Millen (reporter: Mitch Peacock)

10:00pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Vancouver Canucks – CBC
Jim Hughson & Craig Simpson (reporter: Scott Oake)

4:00pm, Anaheim Ducks @ Calgary Flames – SN West

CBC Gives Senators National Spotlight

CBC has announced they will show this Saturday’s Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators game on most of its stations. Viewers in Ottawa, the Atlantic provinces, Alberta, British Columbia and the Territories will receive this game on their local CBC station, making it the primary 7pm ET game. Viewers in most of Ontario will receive the New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs game. Quebec will see the Canadiens play the Flyers, while Manitoba and Saskatchewan will see the Jets play the Predators.

Dean Brown and Greg Millen will call the game in Ottawa, marking the first time either has worked a primary 7pm ET Hockey Night game in several years. Brown and Millen, of course, were once the regional commentary pair for Senators games on Sportsnet East about ten years ago.

Recently Canadian NHL executives, including Senators General Manager Bryan Murray, have called for the CBC to give smaller markets like Ottawa and Winnipeg more national attention on Saturday nights. The Leafs have had their game shown to the widest possible audience on all but three Saturday nights prior to this week. Two of those were nights the Leafs didn’t play and the other featured a Jets @ Coyotes as the co-main game along with the Flames @ Maple Leafs game.

The Senators will have five games go to a wide audience in the final few weeks of the season. They have matinee Hockey Night games on March 31 and April 7. They were also featured this past Friday and Saturday night.

Ratings… An average of 851, 000 tuned into the Canadiens @ Senators game on CBC Friday night. That is up from the 664, 000 who watched the first half of the home-and-home Wednesday night on TSN. The Maple Leafs @ Senators game on Saturday had an average audience of 2.1 million, while the late game featuring the Blue Jackets and Canucks attracted an average audience of 1.1 million.

NHL Canadian TV Guide: March 19-25, 2012

Here is this week’s NHL Canadian TV Guide. Thanks to Puck the Media for posting the CBC and NBC commentator crews. National broadcasts are in bold, regional broadcasts are in italics.

Monday March 19
7:30pm, New Jersey Devils @ New York Rangers – TSN2
Mike Emrick & Pierre McGuire

10:00pm, Anaheim Ducks @ San Jose Sharks – TSN2
Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda & Bret Hedican

7:00pm, Toronto Maple Leafs @ Boston Bruins – SN Ontario, RDS
8:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Minnesota Wild – SN Pacific

Tuesday March 20
8:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ San Jose Sharks – TSN2
Dave Strader & Brian Engblom

10:30pm, San Jose Sharks @ Los Angeles Kings – TSN2
Randy Hahn & Drew Remenda

7:00pm, New York Islanders @ Toronto Maple Leafs – SN Ontario
7:00pm, Winnipeg Jets @ Pittsburgh Penguins – TSN-Jets
7:30pm, New Jersey Devils @ Ottawa Senators – SN East, RDS
8:00pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Nashville Predators – SN-Oilers
9:00pm, Calgary Flames @ Colorado Avalanche – SN West

Wednesday March 21
7:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Buffalo Sabres – RDS

7:30pm, Detroit Red Wings @ New York Rangers – TSN2
Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk & Pierre McGuire

8:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Chicago Blackhawks – TSN
Chris Cuthbert & Ray Ferraro

Thursday March 22
7:30pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Tampa Bay Lightning – SN-Oilers
8:00pm, Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild – SN West
8:30pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars – SN Pacific

Friday March 23
7:00pm, Toronto Maple Leafs @ New York Rangers – Leafs TV
7:00pm, Winnipeg Jets @ Washington Capitals – TSN-Jets
7:30pm, Ottawa Senators @ Montreal Canadiens – SN East, TSN-Habs, RDS
7:30pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Florida Panthers – SN West

Saturday March 24
7:00pm, Pittsburgh Penguins @ Ottawa Senators – CBC
Dean Brown & Greg Millen

7:00pm, New York Rangers @ Toronto Maple Leafs – CBC (Ontario)
Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson & Glenn Healy (reporter: Cassie Campbell)

7:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Philadelphia Flyers – CBC (Quebec)
Bob Cole & Garry Galley

7:00pm, Winnipeg Jets @ Nashville Predators – CBC (Manitoba, Saskatchewan)
Rick Ball & Kevin Weekes

10:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Colorado Avalanche – CBC
Mark Lee & Daryl Reaugh (reporter: Scott Oake)

2:00pm, Calgary Flames @ Dallas Stars – SN West

Sunday March 25
7:30pm, Nashville Predators @ Chicago Blackhawks – TSN2
Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk & Pierre McGuire

3:00pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Columbus Blue Jackets – SN West
7:00pm, New Jersey Devils @ Pittsburgh Penguins – RDS INFO

Carlyle Brings in Big Ratings

Time will tell if new Maple Leafs coach Randy Carlyle can take the Maple Leafs to the playoffs. One is certain however; viewers are tuning in to see how he fairs. on Saturday an average of 2.51 million viewers tuned into Carlyle’s first game behind the bench against the Canadiens on CBC. Audience numbers peaked at 3.37 million. It was the highest rated HNIC game since November 2010.

Then last night Sportsnet set a record for the highest regional NHL audience of all time as 1.05 million watched Leafs vs. Bruins on Sportsnet Ontario. Here is Sportsnet’s press release.

Sportsnet recorded its largest audience ever for an NHL regional game last night with an average of 1.05 million (2+)* viewers tuning in to the Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs game on Sportsnet Ontario at 7 p.m. ET. The game marked the home debut of new Leafs coach Randy Carlyle.

Audience levels peaked at 1.58 million viewers, with 16.8 seconds remaining in the third period as the Leafs fought to overcome a one-goal deficit and attempted to force the game into overtime.

The 1.05 million average audience was a 10 per cent increase over the previous average audience high of 956,000 viewers recorded during a showdown between the Leafs and Montreal Canadiens on February 24, 2011. The record audience is also 34 per cent above the current season Leafs audience average of 788,000.

Check back later tonight for a complete report of this week’s sports ratings.

NHL Canadian TV Guide: March 5-11

Here is this week’s NHL Canadian TV Guide. Thanks to Puck the Media for posting the CBC and NBC commentator crews. National broadcasts are in bold, regional broadcasts are in italics.

Monday March 5
7:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ Pittsburgh Penguins – RDS
8:00pm, Buffalo Sabres @ Winnipeg Jets – TSN-Jets
10:00pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Anaheim Ducks – SN West

Tuesday March 6
9:00pm, Minnesota Wild @ Colorado Avalanche – TSN2
Dave Strader & Brian Engblom

7:00pm, Boston Bruins @ Toronto Maple Leafs – SN Ontario
7:30pm, Ottawa Senators @ Tampa Bay Lightning – SN East, TVA Sports
9:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Calgary Flames – RDS, TSN-Habs, SN West
10:00pm, Dallas Stars @ Vancouver Canucks – SN Pacific
10:30pm, Edmonton Oilers @ San Jose Sharks – SN-Oilers

Wednesday March 7
7:30pm, Toronto Maple Leafs @ Pittsburgh Penguins – TSN, RDS INFO
Gord Miller & Ray Ferraro

Thursday March 8
7:30pm, New York Rangers @ Ottawa Senators – SN East, TVA Sports
9:30pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Edmonton Oilers – RDS, TSN-Habs, SN West
10:00pm, Winnipeg Jets @ Vancouver Canucks – TSN-Jets, SN Pacific

Friday March 9
7:00pm, Florida Panthers @ Pittsburgh Penguins – RDS
9:00pm, Winnipeg Jets @ Calgary Flames – TSN-Jets, SN West

Saturday March 10
7:00pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Toronto Maple Leafs – CBC
Bob Cole & Garry Galley

7:00pm, Buffalo Sabres @ Ottawa Senators – CBC (Ottawa), RDS
Mark Lee & Kevin Weekes (reporter: Cassie Campbell)

10:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Vancouver Canucks – CBC, RDS
Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson & Glenn Healy (reporter: Scott Oake)

Sunday March 11
12:30pm, Boston Bruins @ Pittsburgh Penguins – NBC, TSN
Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk & Pierre McGuire

8:00pm, Los Angeles Kings @ Chicago Blackhawks – TSN2
Dave Strader & Brian Engblom

5:00pm, Toronto Maple Leafs @ Washington Capitals – SN Ontario, RDS INFO
6:00pm, Calgary Flames @ Minnesota Wild – SN West

NHL Canadian TV Guide: February 20-26

Here is this week’s NHL Canadian TV Guide. Thanks to Puck the Media for posting the CBC and NBC commentator crews. National broadcasts are in bold, regional broadcasts are in italics.

I’m still awaiting confirmation of the NBC and CBC commentators.

Monday February 20
7:30pm, Washington Capitals @ Carolina Hurricanes – 7:30pm on TSN2, RDS INFO
Dave Strader & Brian Engblom

1:00pm, Ottawa Senators @ New York Islanders – SN East

Tuesday February 21
8:00pm, Detroit Red Wings @ Chicago Blackhawks – TSN2
Mike Emrick & Pierre McGuire

7:00pm, New Jersey Devils @ Toronto Maple Leafs – SN Ontario
7:00pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Winnipeg Jets – TSN-Jets
7:30pm, Dallas Stars @ Montreal Canadiens – TSN-Habs, RDS
8:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Nashville Predators – SN Pacific
9:00pm, Edmonton Oilers @ Calgary Flames – SN West

Wednesday February 22
7:0opm, Washington Capitals @ Ottawa Senators – TSN, RDS
Chris Cuthbert & Mike Johnson

9:30pm, Los Angeles Kings @ Colorado Avalanche – TSN2 (jip)
Dave Strader, Ed Olczyk & Brian Engblom

Thursday February 23
7:00pm, San Jose Sharks @ Toronto Maple Leafs – TSN, RDS INFO
Gord Miller & Ray Ferraro

7:30pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Detroit Red Wings – SN Pacific
8:30pm, Tampa Bay Lightning @ Winnipeg Jets – TSN-Jets
9:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ Calgary Flames – SN-Flames
9:30pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Edmonton Oilers – SN West

Friday February 24
7:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Washington Capitals – TSN, RDS
Chris Cuthbert & Ray Ferraro

7:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ New Jersey Devils – SN Pacific

Saturday February 25
2:00pm, St. Louis Blues @ Winnipeg Jets – CBC
Bob Cole & Garry Galley (reporter: Mitch Peacock)

7:00pm, Washington Capitals @ Toronto Maple Leafs – CBC
Jim Hughson & Craig Simpson (reporter: Cassie Campbell)

7:00pm, Boston Bruins @ Ottawa Senators – CBC (Ottawa), RDS
Dean Brown & Kevin Weekes

10:00pm, Philadelphia Flyers @ Calgary Flames – CBC
Mark Lee & Daryl Reaugh (reporter: Scott Oake)

4:00pm, Phoenix Coyotes @ Edmonton Oilers – SN West

Sunday February 26
3:00pm, Vancouver Canucks @ Dallas Stars – SN Pacific
5:00pm, Montreal Canadiens @ Florida Panthers – TSN-Habs, RDS
5:00pm, New York Islanders @ Ottawa Senators – SN East