CBC gives Buffalo Sabres fans an OTA option Saturday night as the Queen Elizabeth Way series takes the Toronto Maple Leafs to Buffalo. The Edmonton Oilers host Colorado in the CBC nightcap.
City TV draws the Calgary Flames trip to the U.S. Midwest in St. Louis.
Rogers Sportsnet gets the last of the 3 games in 8 days with the Ottawa Senators at the Bell Centre against the Montréal Canadiens. Hometown Hockey from Portage La Prairie, MB has an all-Canadian matchup of the Vancouver Canucks in Winnipeg. The Calgary Flames welcome the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday Night Hockey.
Monday Vancouver @ Winnipeg, 1p
Tuesday Colorado @ Calgary, 2p
Wednesday Los Angeles @ Edmonton, 3p
Thursday Los Angeles @ Calgary, 2p
Toronto @ Buffalo, 7p
Colorado @ Edmonton, 10p
Calgary @ St. Louis, 7p
Ottawa @ Montréal, 7p
Vancouver @ Winnipeg, 8p
Los Angeles @ Calgary, 9p
The NHL Network finally showed an Ottawa Senators home game and only the second Sens game of the season. Yet the channel decided against carrying the home feed of TSN5, one of the best local crews in the NHL. The NHL Network used the extremely lame and heavily biased Root Sports Pittsburgh feed.
The Penguins are on the NHL Network a lot, even tonight. The Sens have had 2 games. We should have had the TSN5 feed.
Congratulations to the Ottawa Senators and the city of Ottawa for getting an outdoor game. The Senators will host the Montréal Canadiens at TD Place on December 16. The date is a Saturday close to the 100th anniversary of the first time the two cities met as NHL teams on December 19, 1917.
The Scotiabank NHL 100 Classic, as it is called, coincides also with Canada's 150th birthday as well as the 100 years of the NHL.
The original idea was to set up a temporary rink of the Parliament building lawn. That would have been tremendous but that plan was nixed.
Canadians know TD Place for the last few years as the home of the Ottawa RedBlacks in the CFL. They might also remember TD Place from the Women's World Cup soccer in 2015. Hopefully, any temporary seating for the Grey Cup will stay on for this outdoor NHL game.
Since the Senators play their games in Kanata, this might be the first Ottawa Senators home game ever in the city of Ottawa.
Those in Denver and Chicago got an extra Hometown Hockey telecast. This might have been only because Ottawa-Montréal started 30 minutes after the scheduled game on the NHL Network. Lots of hockey in that episode and yet the vast majority of weeks, the NHL Network blows off the show.
We've also seen the disappearance of Sunday matinee rebroadcasts. In the unofficial Hockey Night in Canada ban by the NHL Network, we also didn't get a single matinee rebroadcast. How far have we fallen from coverage of both games to hardly any HNIC games or rebroadcasts. If there are human beings at the network that would like to respond to our concerns, hit the e-mail button in the right-hand column.
The Winnipeg Jets game in Newark, New Jersey was postponed due to the blizzard. The makeup date for that game is March 28. At least this blizzard didn't magically knock out the Edmonton Oilers from a NBCSN appearance, like what happened last season.
Gary Bettman loves his favourite desert team (until next season), but Bettman is one of the few people that does love the team.
The Arizona Coyotes will reduce the arena seating capacity next season. The Coyotes have consistently been in the bottom 3 in NHL attendance every year for 9 years. The Coyotes have an average 12,961 per game, second-worst in the league.
The tarping off of 4 sections in the Gila River Arena will reduce the capacity of 17,125 by 1,256 to a new capacity of 15,869. The capacity is 7.3% smaller after the move.
Using 12,961 as a base, with the current capacity, the Coyotes are drawing 75.7% of capacity. With the new capacity, the team would be drawing 81.7%. The games will still look like there aren't that many fans since cameras rarely show the upper deck.
The 12,961 figure could be surpassed in a number of Canadian markets: Hamilton, Toronto GTA, Saskatoon, Regina, Thunder Bay, and definite consideration (with bigger arenas) from Halifax, Saint John, Moncton, and St. John's. Seattle in a crappy arena, Kansas City in a good arena, and possibly Houston would also draw better numbers.
The Arizona Coyotes TV numbers are also horrible. In a SportsBusiness Journal analysis, the 2016 Arizona Coyotes had a 0.38 rating, down 25% from 2015. Amazingly, that is only the third worst in the league behind the New Jersey Devils (0.30) and Florida Panthers (0.25). By contrast, the Buffalo Sabres led the way among American teams with a 6.55 rating. Carolina and Nashville didn't have available information.
If there was a Arizona Shuffleboard League, that league would outdraw the Coyotes on TV.