Penguins get heavy play on national TV
Hockey fans across American figure to get a healthy dosage of the NHL's most marketed rivalry with possibly of three of four regular-season games between the Penguins and Washington Capitals broadcast on network or cable television.
The Penguins could play up to 12 games on national TV - four, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic, as NBC Sunday "Game of the Week" -- and eight exclusive for cable network Versus.
The Classic will pair the Penguins and Capitals in an outdoor game at Heinz Field on Jan. 1. That is an NBC game, and five weeks later the NHL's broadcast partner can show the Penguins at Washington on Feb. 6. Versus plans to air a Feb. 21 game at Washington.
NBC unveiled its "Game of the Week" options on Wednesday, and for the first time all of those games will start at 12:30 p.m. No team can appear on NBC's "Game of the Week" more than four times, and clubs will be notified of their appearance at least 13 days in advance.
All games not considered Versus exclusives or as a "Game of the Week" will be broadcast on FSN Pittsburgh, the Penguins' local broadcast partner.
As part of their plans to turn the days leading to the Classic into a winter carnival for hockey, the Penguins will open Consol Energy Center to the AHL and NCAA on Dec. 30.
A doubleheader will take place that day, starting with Robert Morris taking on Rochester Institute of Technology, a 2010 Frozen Four participant, in an NCAA men's game at 3 p.m. AHL affiliate Wilkes-Barre/Scranton will face the Hershey Bears at 7:30 p.m. Hershey is the Capitals' AHL club.
Fans will be able to purchase one ticket for both games. Pricing and a sales date have yet to be determined.
Free-agent right wing Bill Guerin has yet to put his Sewickley home on the market, and his kids are enrolled for classes at Sewickley Academy. Not exactly moves by a player looking to leave Pittsburgh.
Guerin, 39, scored 21 goals with the Penguins last season, not including four playoff markers. He wants to play a final NHL season with the Penguins, but as of yesterday the team and his camp were not close on a new contract. He earned $2 million last season.
General manager Ray Shero said Friday that club would reach a decision on Guerin this week. The Penguins, who could use another top-six winger, are $1.7 million under the NHL's $59.4 million salary cap.
The NHL's American TV partners, NBC and Versus, won't lack for options to show Sidney Crosby and the Penguins. A look at regular-season games that could appear on those networks:
Date -- Opponent -- Time -- Network
*Oct. 7 -- Flyers -- 7 p.m. -- Versus
*Dec. 14 -- at Flyers -- 7 p.m. -- Versus
Dec. 15 -- Rangers -- 7 p.m. -- Versus
Jan. 1 -- Capitals (Winter Classic) -- 1 p.m. -- NBC
*Jan. 10 -- Bruins -- 7:30 p.m. -- Versus
*Feb. 1 -- at Rangers -- 7:30 p.m. -- Versus
Feb. 2 -- Islanders -- 7 p.m. -- Versus
Feb. 6 -- at Capitals -- 12:30 p.m. -- NBC
Feb. 13 -- at Rangers -- 12:30 p.m. -- NBC
Feb. 20 -- at Blackhawks -- 12:30 p.m. -- NBC
*Feb. 21 -- Capitals -- 7:30 p.m. -- Versus
Feb. 23 -- Sharks -- 7:30 p.m. -- Versus
March 2 -- at Maple Leafs -- 7 p.m. -- Versus
March 20 -- Rangers -- 12:30 p.m. -- NBC
*March 21 -- at Red Wings -- 7:30 p.m. -- Versus
*April 5 -- Devils -- 7:30 p.m. -- Versus
April 10 -- at Thrashers -- 12:30 p.m. -- NBC
*Versus exclusives. All nonexclusive Penguins games will be broadcast locally on FSN Pittsburgh.
Sources: NBC, Versus
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penguins’ Adams not returning to team
- Johnstown rink wins $150K for upgrades, will host Penguins preseason game
- Penguins’ Letang nominated for Masterton Trophy
- Penguins GM: Team not disciplined enough, buyouts possible, Bennett handled incorrectly
- Starkey: The Penguins’ perpetual question
- Penguins GM Rutherford happy in Pittsburgh
- Penguins’ Pouliot learns from rookie season