The NHL100 Classic brings the Montréal Canadiens to Landsdowne Park for an outdoor game in Ottawa with the Senators. CBC will handle the game in Canada with a simulcast on Rogers Sportsnet and game-wise on NBCSN as the U.S. channel makes a rare appearance in Canada.
CBC has P.K. Subban and the Predators in Calgary in the nightcap.
City TV will run the Winnipeg Jets opposite the big game in St. Louis.
Rogers Sportsnet gives us Hometown Hockey from Airdrie, AB on Sunday with the very nearby Calgary Flames in Vancouver. Wednesday Night Hockey has the Toronto Maple Leafs in Columbus.
Rogers Sportsnet 360 carries Calgary in a late Wednesday games as the Flames host St. Louis.
Montréal @ Ottawa, 7p
Friday Toronto @ Minnesota, 1p
Nashville @ Edmonton, 2p
Sunday Montréal @ Ottawa, 1p (2-hour)
Monday Calgary @ Vancouver, 1p
St. Louis @ Winnipeg, 2p
Wednesday Minnesota @ Ottawa, 2p
Thursday Toronto @ Columbus, 1p
Montréal @ Ottawa, 7p
Nashville @ Calgary, 10p
Winnipeg @ St. Louis, 7p
Calgary @ Vancouver, 8p
Toronto @ Columbus, 7:30p
Rogers Sportsnet 360
St. Louis @ Calgary, 9:30p
For those who missed our NHL100 Classic preview, you can click here to read that story.
From invisible to adulation, the Rogers pregame promoted the Winnipeg Jets to the top spot in the pregame itself and the roundabout just past 7 pm Eastern. The Jets game featured the 5th best team (Winnipeg) and the top team (Tampa Bay). That adulation could also be related to the presence of the Florida-based team but the Jets deserved more and better time. A significant contrast to being left completely off the pregame late last season.
The extra attention didn't translate to positioning. Winnipeg was on City TV, the #3 placement on Hockey Night in Canada.
In Canada, we are arguing nuance about pregame placement. In the United States, a hot team will only be covered with live games if they are one of the preset teams of note.
All 7 teams were in play on Saturday but the pregame blew off the 3 Canadian teams in the late games. The Mario Lemieux segment was okay but given how often Pittsburgh is on Hockey Night in Canada, that feature could have waited for a different week.
We finally got an acknowledgment at 7:37 pm Eastern that Toronto FC won the 2017 MLS Cup. The mention noted the similarity of the Reds 2-0 win and the Maple Leafs then 2-0 lead.
Rogers Sportsnet and the NHL Network carried the Maple Leafs salute to Toronto FC. The top executives and players came onto the ice in Toronto Maple Leafs sweaters. The Leafs also had a video tribute to the MLS champions.
The TV outlets got a defensive matchup and Connor McDavid but no Auston Matthews thanks to a hit from his fellow teammate late in the game on Saturday.
Saturday night had 5 HNIC games. The pecking order for the 5th play-by-play person is 1) Rick Ball; 2) John Shorthouse; 3) John Bartlett; 4) Bruce Rainnie; 5) Dean Brown;6) Kevin Quinn; 7) R.J. Broadhead. Rogers went with Quinn for the Ottawa Senators in the southern Bay Area. Quinn is the weak link in the Edmonton team but yes kilometres ahead of John Forslund.
Got to see Mike Johnson call the game on the NHL Network rebroadcast of Calgary at Montréal. Rogers' loss is definitely TSN's gain. National broadcasts should strive to have the best but Rogers doesn't comprehend that logic.
Rogers only ran 5 CBC promos this week. I combed back over the broadcast to see if there was a 3rd promo in the 2nd period or a 2nd promo in the 3rd period. We didn't even get a holiday promos though The Goods promo did talk about upcoming holiday episodes.
We did get a bonus Murdoch Mysteries promo during the NHL Network matinee rebroadcast.
Early game: Murdoch Mysteries; Frankie Drake Mysteries (1st); Great Canadian Baking Show; The Goods (2nd); Kim's Convenience (3rd)
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