National television audiences will get plenty of opportunities to see the Chicago Blackhawks during the 2011-12 season.
The Hawks will appear on 13 national telecasts--12 exclusively on either NBC or Versus--next season as the NHL announced the TV schedule Thursday. In addition, the Hawks will appear on the NHL Network six times.
Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center. A matchup with the Detroit Red Wings on Feb. 21 at the UC will be broadcast nationally on Versus and locally on Comcast SportsNet.
Here's the complete list of NBC/Versus games:
Dec. 5 vs. Coyotes is on Versus at 7 p.m.
Dec. 14 at Minnesota Wild is on Versus at 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 20 at Pittsburgh Penguins is on Versus at 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 8 vs. Red Wings is on Versus at 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 14 at Red Wings is on NBC at 11:30 a.m.
Jan. 18 vs. Buffalo Sabres is on Versus at 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 19 vs. St. Louis Blues is NBC at 2 p.m.
Feb. 21 vs. Red Wings is on Versus (and CSN) at 7 p.m.
Feb. 26 at Anaheim Ducks is on Versus at 6 p.m.
The final four games are flex games and Hawks will appear on either Versus or NBC:
March 11 vs. Los Angeles Kings at 6 p.m.
March 18 vs. Washington Capitals at 6 p.m.
March 25 vs. Nashville Predators at 6:30 p.m.
April 7 at Red Wings at 3 p.m.
Here are the NHL Network appearances:
Oct. 15 vs. Boston Bruins, 7:30 p.m.
Nov. 4 at Tampa Bay Lightning, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 16 at New York Rangers, 6 p.m.
Feb. 25 at Kings, 7 p.m.
March 4 at Red Wings, 3 p.m.
March 9 vs. Rangers, 7:30 p.m.
To accomodate the national TV schedule, starting times for six games have been changed, including Dec. 5 (now 7 p.m.), Dec. 14 (6:30 p.m.), Dec. 20 (6:30 p.m.), Feb. 21 (7 p.m.), Feb. 25 (7 p.m.) and March 2 (6 p.m.).