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National TV Schedule Released

Four Caps games will be televised on Versus, the first on Nov. 26, when they host Buffalo. The other games are: at Detroit on Dec. 17, at Pittsburgh on Jan. 21 and home against Boston on March 3.

Sidney Crosby and the Pens, in case you are wondering (and I know you are), are scheduled to appear eight times by my count.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  August 15, 2007; 2:06 PM ET
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At least we got a few on this year that aren't against the Pens.

Posted by: EricS | August 15, 2007 2:26 PM | Report abuse

According to the Versus press release, certain games are "an exclusive Game of the Week wherein VERSUS will be the only place on television to watch the NHL game in the U.S. at that time." One of these "exclusive games" is on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 7 pm for the Rangers v. Islanders. The Caps are playing the Thrashers in Atlanta at 7 pm that day. Tarik, since this is an away game for the Caps, does this mean that we can only hear the game on radio or can the Caps do a webcast?

Posted by: cathywva | August 15, 2007 2:45 PM | Report abuse

Ryan Smith Photo:

Mel from Flight of the Concords:

Never knew Ryan took up acting.

Posted by: Omar | August 15, 2007 2:58 PM | Report abuse

The pens did go to the playoffs last year so its natural for them to be schedule for more national games...its the same way with the NFL when they schedule their monday nighters for an up coming season..basically it is last years strong teams that get primetimes slots.

Posted by: usiel | August 15, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

I see on the Versus press release that Bill Clement is not returning as the studio host. Was this announced previously? Anyone know why he left?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 15, 2007 4:46 PM | Report abuse

probably because it didn't make any sense for Versus to pay Clement when, since nobody watches anyway, they could just hire an intern to the intermission show for free.

Posted by: Alex | August 15, 2007 4:56 PM | Report abuse

Usiel, I agree with you here, but last year we finished ahead of the Pens in the standings, our rookie won the Calder, and they were on VS 8 times to our 3.

And yes, Cathywva, that game against the Thrashers will NOT be on TV. Please complain to the NHLPA about it.

Posted by: FS | August 15, 2007 6:00 PM | Report abuse

The usual suspects (Penguins, Red Wings, Flyers, Rangers, and Avalanche) get eight games apiece. It's not because of the playoffs; it's because of ratings. The Penguins had that many games last season despite not making the playoffs the year before, and the Flyers were dead last in the league last season and still drew eight slots. (Of course, Comcast owns the Flyers.) Colorado didn't make the playoffs last season, either.

These teams get the most national games every single year, and probably will continue to for the foreseeable future, regardless of their records. (What's funny is that people used to complain about ESPN for this exact reason. Like any network would do it differently.)

By the way, NBC is using a flexible schedule this season, and will announce which game they are showing 13 days in advance. And I gather that it will be just one game per week shown nationally, rather than the three regional games they've been showing the last two years.

Posted by: norske | August 15, 2007 6:04 PM | Report abuse

Maybe it's because Clement is a hack.

Posted by: Colin | August 15, 2007 7:56 PM | Report abuse

will versus air any pre-season games?

Posted by: dcfury | August 15, 2007 11:57 PM | Report abuse

"Exclusive game of the week"?

Can someone please tell me what half-wit thought this idea up so we can all go throw rotten tomatoes at him/her? That is the stupidest idea I've ever heard. They're supposed to be increasing coverage, not decreasing it!

Posted by: EricS | August 16, 2007 9:55 AM | Report abuse

I live in Frederick County. No Versus. That sucks.

Posted by: Dave | August 16, 2007 11:14 AM | Report abuse

"Exclusive game of the week" Means they are the only channel to carry THAT GAME. that does not mean other teams games won't be on the air. (ex if the Caps and Pens had an Exclusive game of the week, you would only be able to see in on Vs. Not on CSN or Fox sports pittsburgh, so if you didn't have Vs. in thoses cities you would not be able to see the game.) WE WILL be able to see the caps game on CSN or 50 or what ever channel it's on the night of the Islanders/Rangers "Exclusive game of the week" on Vs.

Posted by: Rob R | August 16, 2007 12:59 PM | Report abuse

Rob R, hate to burst your bubble, but I believe you are wrong, unfortunately. Mike Vogel (I believe it was him) reported a few weeks ago on the Caps Report that the exclusive game of the week for Versus will be the only game available on TV that night in the United States. All other games will be blacked out, locally and on NHL Center Ice. The one exception to that is games of Canadian teams and the availability of the Canadian broadcast. I think the rule effects the Caps like 3 or 4 times during the whole season.

Posted by: freakinandpeakin | August 16, 2007 4:35 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: Anonymous | August 16, 2007 7:08 PM | Report abuse

Actually, there is only one caps game that won't be televised because of the VS debacle, a November game against Atlanta.

Posted by: FS | August 16, 2007 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Tarik, what side are you on in this Ted vs "Sports" talk boldie war?

Posted by: Finn | August 17, 2007 10:43 AM | Report abuse

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