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Panthers get only national exposure Tuesday on Versus; complete NHL TV schedule on NBC/Versus


The Panthers will make their first appearance on national television in two seasons Tuesday night when they face the Penguins in Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. on Versus. It will be their only chance at national exposure during the regular season.

Shut out of the national TV schedule last season, the Panthers made one appearance on Versus in 2009-10 and one the previous season.

The Panthers can be seen in South Florida in 73 regional telecasts on Fox Sports Florida. The team recently signed a multiyear contract extension for FSF to broadcast all games not prohibited by the NHL’s national television contract.

The national schedule has expanded with the NBC Sports Group, in the first season of a 10-year, 42 billion TV deal with the NHL, showing 100 games on NBC and Versus, up from 77 last season. Versus, which becomes NBC Sports Network on Jan. 2, will have 90 nights of exclusive cable coverage (up from 54 last season), mainly on Wednesdays, with added games on Sundays.

The focus will be on the traditional powers and large Eastern markets, led by the Rangers with 16 appearances scheduled on NBC/Versus. The Red Wings and Bruins will be on 14 times, as will the Capitals.

The Flyers and Blackhawks get 11 appearances, as do the Tampa Bay Lightning, coming off a run deep into the playoffs. Perhaps the Panthers can play themselves into more of the national picture next season by ending the long playoff drought.

NBC will begin its broadcast coverage on the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). In what is planned as an annual post-turkey day occurrence, the defending Stanley Cup champions Bruins will host the Red Wings in a 1 p.m. matchup.

Other highlights of the NHL on NBC/Versus:

NBC will continue its national Game of the Week coverage on Sundays, starting Jan. 14 with Chicago at Detroit.

Hockey Day in America, launched last season, is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19, with six hours of coverage: three regional games with staggered starts (Pittsburgh at Buffalo, San Jose at Detroit, St. Louis at Chicago) followed by a national broadcast of Boston at Minnesota.

Ten games will be televised in the final seven days of the regular season, including a triple-header on Saturday, April 7.

Here is the 2011-12 schedule for NBC/Versus

On NBC

Fri., Nov. 25 Detroit at Boston 1 p.m.

Sun. Jan. 2 New York Rangers @ Philadelphia 1 p.m.

Sat., Jan. 14 Chicago at Detroit 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Jan. 22 Was at Pit or Bos @ Phi 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 12 TBD 12:30 p.m.

Sun., Feb. 19 Pit @ Buff / SJ @ Det / STL @ Chi 12 p.m.

Boston at Minnesota 3 p.m.

Sun., March 4 Bos @ NYR or Phi @ Wash 12:30 p.m.

Sun., March 11 LA @ Chi or Bos @ Pit 12:30 p.m.

Sun., March 18 Pit @ Phi or Was @ Chi 12:30 p.m.

Sun., April 1 Bos @ NYR or Phi @ Pit 12:30 p.m.

Sat., April 7 Was @ NYR or Phi @ Pit or Chi @ Det or Buf @ Bos TBD

On VERSUS

Thurs., Oct. 6 Philadelphia at Boston 7 p.m.

Pittsburgh at Vancouver 10 p.m.

Fri., October 7 New York Rangers/Los Angeles* 1 p.m.

Sat., October 8 New York Rangers/Anaheim* 1 p.m.

Mon., October 10 Tampa Bay at Washington 7 p.m.

Tues., October 11 Florida at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Wed., October 12 Boston at Carolina 7:30 p.m.

Mon., October 17 Colorado at Toronto 7 p.m.

Tues., October 18 Pittsburgh at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

Tues., October 25 Tampa Bay at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Mon., October 31 San Jose at New York Rangers 7 p.m.

Tues., November 1 Anaheim at Washington 7:30 p.m.

Wed., November 2 Philadelphia at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Mon., November 7 New York Islanders at Boston 7 p.m.

Tues., November 8 Carolina at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.

Wed., November 9 Philadelphia at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Mon., November 14 Buffalo at Montreal 7 p.m.

Tues., November 15 Colorado at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Wed., November 16 New Jersey at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Mon., November 21 Boston at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Tues., November 22 Los Angeles at St. Louis 7:30 p.m.

Mon., November 28 Tampa Bay at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

Tues., November 29 Pittsburgh at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.

Wed., November 30 Tampa Bay at Detroit 7:30 p.m.

Mon., December 5 Phoenix at Chicago 8 p.m.

Tues., December 6 Detroit at St. Louis 7:30 p.m.

Wed., December 7 Philadelphia at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Mon., December 12 New Jersey at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tues., December 13 San Jose at Colorado 9 p.m.

Wed., December 14 Chicago at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

Mon., December 19 Anaheim at Dallas 8 p.m.

Tues., December 20 Chicago at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Wed., December 21 Philadelphia at Dallas 7:30 p.m.

Mon., December 26 Dallas at St. Louis 7:30 p.m.

Tues., December 27 St. Louis at Detroit 7:30 p.m.

Wed., December 28 New York Rangers at Washington 7:30 p.m.

Mon., January 2 San Jose at Vancouver 8 p.m.

Tues., January 3 Detroit at Dallas 8 p.m.

Wed., January 4 Boston at New Jersey 7:30 p.m.

Sun., January 8 Detroit at Chicago 7:30p.m.

Tues., January 10 San Jose at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

Wed., January 11 Pittsburgh at Washington 7:30 p.m.

Sun., January 15 New York Rangers at Montreal 7 p.m.

Mon., January 16 Dallas at St. Louis 7:30 p.m.

Tues., January 17 Nashville at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.

Wed., January 18 Buffalo at Chicago 7:30 p.m.

Mon., January 23 St. Louis at Detroit** 7:30 p.m.

Tues., January 24 Minnesota at Colorado 9 p.m.

Wed., January 25 Detroit at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Fri., January 27 NHL All-Star Fantasy Draft TBD

Sat., January 28 NHL Skills Competition TBD

Sun., January 29 NHL All-Star Game TBD

Tues., January 31 Washington at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Wed., February 1 New York Rangers at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Sun., February 5 Boston at Washington 12:30 p.m.

Mon., February 6 Detroit at Phoenix 8 p.m.

Tues., February 7 Los Angeles at Tampa Bay 7:30 p.m.

Wed., February 8 Boston at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Sun., February 12 Philadelphia at Detroit 7:30 p.m.

Mon., February 13 San Jose at Washington 7:30 p.m.

Tues., February 14 Anaheim at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

Wed., February 15 Boston at Montreal 7:30 p.m.

Sun., February 19 New Jersey at Montreal 6 p.m.

Mon., February 20 Washington at Carolina 7:30 p.m.

Tues., February 21 Detroit at Chicago 8 p.m.

Wed., February 22 Los Angeles at Colorado 9 p.m.

Sun., February 26 Chicago at Anaheim 7 p.m.

Mon., February 27 New Jersey at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.

Tues., February 28 Los Angeles at Minnesota 7:30 p.m.

Wed., February 29 Pittsburgh at Dallas 7:30 p.m.

Sun., March 4 Bos @ NYR or Phi @ Wash 7 p.m.

Mon., March 5 Buffalo at Winnipeg 8 p.m.

Tues., March 6 Minnesota at Colorado 9 p.m.

Wed., March 7 Toronto at Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

Sun., March 11 LA @ Chi or Bos @ Pit 7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 12 Anaheim at Colorado 9 p.m.

Tues., March 13 Carolina at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 14 Colorado at Buffalo 7:30 p.m.

Sun., March 18 Pit @ Phi or Was @ Chi 7 p.m.

Mon., March 19 New Jersey at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.

Tues., March 20 Phoenix at Dallas 8 p.m.

Wed., March 21 Detroit at New York Rangers 7:30 p.m.

Sun., March 25 Minnesota at Washington 5 p.m.

Nashville at Chicago 7:30 p.m.

Mon., March 26 Tampa Bay at Philadelphia 7:30 p.m.

Tues., March 27 Tampa Bay at Boston 7:30 p.m.

Wed., March 28 Detroit at Columbus 7:30 p.m.

Sun., April 1 Bos @ NYR or Phi @ Pit 7:30 p.m.

Mon., April 2 Washington at Tampa Bay 7 p.m.

Tues., April 3 Pittsburgh at Boston 7:30 p.m.

Wed., April 4 Detroit at St. Louis 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., April 5 Columbus at Colorado 9 p.m.

Fri., April 6 Phoenix at St. Louis 7:30 p.m.

Sat., April 7 (Two Games, TBD) TBD

* NHL Premiere Games in Europe

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CRAIG DAVIS In more than 33 years at the Sun Sentinel, Craig Davis has written about a wide variety of sports topics from baseball to yachting, fishing to triathlons, and also worked as a copy editor and page designer. Recently he reported on local sports, including running, swimming, cycling, equestrian and beach volleyball. He enjoys sports as a participant as well as a spectator, is active in the South Florida running scene plays in the curling club at Saveology Iceplex. This blog offers a glimpse at the business side of sports in the interest of enhancing enjoyment of the games and sporting options as a spectator as well as a participant.
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