Welcome to the weekend of 2016 Hockey Day in Canada from Kamloops, British Columbia. All 7 Canadian teams are in action.
The coverage starts at noon on CBC. Then CBC switches to the matinee as Edmonton will be in Montréal. The second half of the festivities runs from the end of the matinee until 6 pm Eastern. The Battle of Ontario from the nation's capital will be in prime time on CBC. The final 2 games are in the late slot with Calgary at Vancouver on CBC and the Winnipeg Jets in Denver on Rogers Sportsnet.
All the Hockey Day in Canada details can be found here. Bob Cole is working that day, unlike last year.
The NHL Network contribution to Hockey Day in Canada is a live 3rd period look-in of the Flames-Canucks game. Not even a matinee rebroadcast. We really thought there would be a NHL Center Ice free preview, even if the festivities weren't available on the feed.
Besides Hockey Day in Canada, Rogers Sportsnet will have the Super Bowl Sunday matinee for the Montréal Canadiens as the Habs host Carolina. The Wednesday Night Hockey game has the Ottawa Senators in Detroit.
Rogers Sportsnet One has a Super Bowl Sunday matinee of its own as the Edmonton Oilers are in Brooklyn. The channel alsohas the Vancouver Canucks in the U.S. desert Wednesday evening.
Rogers Sportsnet 360 spotlights the Calgary Flames in San Jose Thursday night.
Monday Carolina @ Montréal, 2p
Edmonton @ NY Islanders, 3p
Tuesday Tampa Bay @ Ottawa, 3p
Thursday Ottawa @ Detroit, 2p
Vancouver @ Arizona, 3p
Edmonton @ Montréal, 2p
Toronto @ Ottawa, 7p
Calgary @ Vancouver, 10p
Winnipeg @ Colorado, 10p
Carolina @ Montréal, 2:30p
Ottawa @ Detroit, 7p
Rogers Sportsnet One
Edmonton @ NY Islanders, 2:30p
Vancouver @ Arizona, 9:30p
Rogers Sportsnet 360
Calgary @ San Jose, 10:30p
This second half launch to the NHL season has been truly miserable. The details can be found here.
The less I say about this, the better my blood pressure. So read that if your blood pressure is too low.
Catching up on the Hometown Hockey telecasts. I let a couple of episodes sit in the DVR while the NHL took a break. Swift Current, Saskatchewan is not an area I know really well. Was fun to learn a bit.
I really wanted the full episode from Whitehorse, Yukon. In the States, we lost half of the episode to a minor-league hockey game. The NHL Network should be running repeats of this show, but the NHL folks don't seem interested when they can run their own programs into the ground.
The live segment was still light because the Yukon is so far west, but not a terribly bright light given how far north the Yukon is. Whitehorse is in southern Yukon so most of Alaska is further north than Whitehorse.
The NHL suspended Calgary defenceman Dennis Wideman for 20 games for his January 27 hit on linesman Don Henderson. 10 was the minimum. The hit was rather unusual given that Wideman took his own serious hit before he hit Henderson. The NHL is pretty inconsistent on player-player infractions, but officials deserve protection.
The Toronto Maple Leafs have a new logo. Then again, "new" may not be the operative word.
The logo is very reminiscent of older logos from the team in times where the team won Stanley Cups. The logo has 31 points, a huge jump from the current 11 points.
This can seem superficial, but Brendan Shanahan is turning over every element, small and large. And yes, turning a leaf. The team needs a change in fortune. And the logo is pretty cool.
The logo isn't likely to get on the sweaters until June.
We needed some levity this week, so thanks to the CBC for giving us that warm moment. The Canadian public broadcaster placed the Florida Panthers (NHL) instead of the Carolina Panthers (NFL) in Super Bowl 50. Canadians should know better but if this was an American network, they wouldn't know the Florida version exists.
Gord Miller worked the SoCal battle Thursday night. NBCSN is short of announcers since Doc Emrick has taken some time off.
NHL Network matinee feeds
Wednesday Montréal @ Philadelphia*
Thursday Buffalo @ Montréal*; Carolina @ Calgary*
images credit: Rogers Sportsnet; Toronto Maple Leafs; Twitter @FlaPanthers w/assist from CBC News Network.