The NHL Network will feature the bleu blanc et rouge of the Montréal Canadiens this weekend. The channel will carry Rogers Sportsnet's coverage of the game in Boston Saturday night and City TV's coverage at Madison Square Garden Sunday night. This will be the second straight Saturday simulcast of Sportsnet.
CBC's doubleheader features 3 Original 6 teams as Detroit comes to Toronto in the early slot and Chicago visits Edmonton in the late game.
The other Saturday game comes from Rogers Sportsnet, not City. The regional Sportsnet outlets will show New Jersey at Calgary in the late slot.
Rogers will run Canadian teams side-by-side on Wednesday with Toronto @ Pittsburgh on Sportsnet and Winnipeg @ Buffalo on Sportsnet One. We like Wednesday doubleheaders though not necessarily at the same time.
Sportsnet 360 will have the Oilers in Nashville on Thursday.
Montréal @ Boston, 7p
Montréal @ NY Rangers, 7p
Friday Tampa Bay @ Toronto, 3p
Monday Montréal @ NY Rangers, 2p
Tuesday Ottawa @ Detroit, 4p (1-hour)
Wednesday Ottawa @ St. Louis, 2p (1-hour)
Thursday Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 3p (1-hour)
Detroit @ Toronto, 7p
Chicago @ Edmonton, 10p
Montréal @ NY Rangers, 7p
Montréal @ Boston, 7p
New Jersey @ Calgary, 10p
Toronto @ Pittsburgh, 7:30p
Rogers Sportsnet One
Winnipeg @ Buffalo, 7p
Rogers Sportsnet 360
Edmonton @ Nashville, 8p
The NHL Network threw in an imaginary break just before the start of the Flyers-Habs game Saturday night. David Amber threw it up to the booth seconds before the puck drop, and the NHL Network decided to run a break. Not even commercials, but standard NHL Network promos.
Someone woke up just as the puck dropped in the game, but clearly fell asleep. No need for a break just before a game starts.
We noted Elliotte Friedman's versatility and Rogers took advantage of that on Saturday as Friedman was the sideline reporter in Nashville for the Jets game. Friedman teamed up with Damien Cox for the Saturday Headlines segment in the second intermission.
Saturday headlines isn't the worst name, but when you watch the segment, you keep saying, "What the bleep happened to Hot Stove?"
The last two Hometown Hockey editions have been picture postcards for British Columbia tourism. You can see Rogers Arena from Burnaby, yet the city has created a distinct hockey heritage. When I have visited Vancouver, people would tell me how awesome Kelowna is. The city certainly looked beautiful on Hometown Hockey.
The segments are more about hockey, but you get a chance to experience the city and its people during the weekly shows.
The BC sites have also benefited from sunlight in the segments. The Eastern segments were all in the dark earlier in the season.
I would like to spend more time in British Columbia beyond Vancouver and Victoria. Kelowna might be my first stop.
This week, Hometown Hockey will be in Fort McMurray, Alberta, a place more known for the oil sands these days. For the entire Hometown Hockey schedule, click here.
George Stroumboulopoulos was promoting a hockey film to be shown on Sportsnet called "Defector" about Alexander Mogilny's jump from the Soviet Union to the Buffalo Sabres.
"Obviously, Hockey Night in Canada is a show that's designed for all generations to watch. If you are of a certain vintage, you fully understand the concept of defecting. A whole other generation doesn't know how big a deal it was."
This sensible explanation does underscore the difference between the generation that the CBC version appealed to (ones who know about defectors) and the Rogers version (those who don't know about defecting). Stroumboulopoulos himself is one of those people who was around when people did defect from the Eastern bloc, but has appealed to younger viewers in his other shows.
Hockey Night in Canada was a show that's designed for all generations to watch. We'll see if that holds going forward.
Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson have been out west for the last 2 weeks on CBC, but have disappeared for most U.S. viewers. This week, the #1 crew will be in Boston for the Habs game on Sportsnet and the NHL Network.
Paul Romanuk, also the Leafs local play-by-play guy for Rogers, does another Maple Leafs game on CBC for the second week in a row.
The NHL Network used the Rogers Sportsnet 360 feed for the Bruins-Habs rebroadcast last Friday.
Monday's rebroadcasts of Montréal at Detroit went with Fox Sports Detroit instead of City TV and the Jets-Wild with the Minnesota feed.
The TSN4 feed was used for the annihilation of Toronto by Nashville that was rebroadcast Wednesday afternoon.
The channel (obviously) used the Rogers Sportsnet feed for the Vancouver at Edmonton game from Wednesday night.