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National Hockey League Unveils 2012-13 National Television Schedule

Maximum of 12 Capitals games to be broadcast exclusively across NBC and NBC Sports Network

Thursday, 08.30.2012 / 10:29 AM / News
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National Hockey League Unveils 2012-13 National Television Schedule
ARLINGTON, Va. –Throughout the season, NBC Sports Group once again will offer hockey fans in the U.S. more than 100 games across NBC and NBC Sports Network, and has chosen 12 dates from the Washington schedule for national coverage, the network announced today as the NHL released its national broadcast schedule. NBC Sports Network will air NHL games three consecutive nights each week on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Wednesday nights will be exclusive, and in January, NBC Sports Network will add a second exclusive night on Sundays, giving NHL fans four straight nights of hockey action. Washington will have the maximum of 12 nationally exclusive games on NBC and NBC Sports Network.

In addition to the broadcast schedule the Capitals announced six time changes from the original schedule: Oct. 15 vs. Florida (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 8 vs. Edmonton (7:30 p.m.), Nov. 23 at Dallas (8:30 p.m.), Dec. 11 vs. Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m.), March 17 vs. Buffalo (7:30 p.m.) and March 24 at N.Y. Rangers (3 p.m.).

NBC will broadcast up to two Capitals games exclusively while NBC Sports Network has selected at least 10 Capitals games for exclusive coverage, with the potential of 11 (depending on NBC’s flex scheduling). NHL Network will carry seven Capitals contests, while 28 games will be televised nationally in Canada on CBC (five games), TSN (10 games), TSN2 (nine games) and RDS (four games). 

NBC will feature Washington on Feb. 3 vs. Los Angeles (12:30 p.m.), and has the option through flex scheduling to select one of three Capitals games currently scheduled for NBC Sports Network: March 10 vs. Boston (7:30 p.m.), March 17 vs. Buffalo (7:30 p.m.) and April 7 at Pittsburgh (7:30 p.m.).  

NBC Sports Network will feature the Capitals up to 11 times this season, with a minimum of 10 games (depending on flex scheduling). The network will broadcast the following games exclusively: Oct. 15 vs. Florida, Oct. 29 at Minnesota, Oct. 31 vs. Pittsburgh, Nov. 14 at N.Y. Rangers, Dec. 5 vs. N.Y. Rangers, Dec. 11 vs. Pittsburgh, Dec. 26 at Buffalo, Feb. 27 at Philadelphia, March 10 vs. Boston (flex), March 17 vs. Buffalo (flex), April 7 at Pittsburgh (flex).  

NHL Network will carry seven non-exclusive Capitals contests this season: Nov. 10 vs. Toronto, Nov. 16 vs. N.Y. Rangers, Dec. 22 at Boston, Jan. 5 vs. Chicago, Jan. 11 at Tampa Bay, March 14 at Carolina and March 16 at Boston.  

In addition to the national broadcasts in the United States, 28 Capitals games will be televised nationally in Canada. 

Comcast SportsNet, part of NBC Sports Group, in conjunction with the Capitals, will announce the team’s regional television schedule at a later date.

2012-13 Washington Capitals National Television Schedule


DAY DATE VISITOR HOME TIME (ET) TIME (LOCAL) STATION
Sat. 10/13/12 Washington Ottawa 7:00 PM 7:00 PM CBC
Mon. 10/15/12 Florida Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Wed. 10/17/12 Toronto Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM TSN
Sat. 10/20/12 Washington Montreal 7:00 PM 7:00 PM CBC/RDS
Tue. 10/23/12 Washington Winnipeg 8:00 PM 7:00 PM TSN
Sat. 10/27/12 Washington Calgary 10:00 PM 8:00 PM CBC
Mon. 10/29/12 Washington Minnesota 8:00 PM 7:00 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Wed. 10/31/12 Pittsburgh Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Thu. 11/8/12 Edmonton Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM TSN
Sat. 11/10/12 Toronto Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM CBC/NHLN
Wed. 11/14/12 Washington N.Y. Rangers 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Fri. 11/16/12 N.Y. Rangers Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM NHLN
Wed. 11/21/12 Winnipeg Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TSN
Wed. 12/5/12 N.Y. Rangers Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Tue. 12/11/12 Pittsburgh Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM TSN
Thu. 12/20/12 Montreal Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM RDS/TSN
Sat. 12/22/12 Washington Boston 1:00 PM 1:00 PM NHLN
Wed. 12/26/12 Washington Buffalo 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Sat. 1/5/13 Chicago Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM NHLN
Wed. 1/9/13 Ottawa Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TSN
Fri. 1/11/13 Washington Tampa Bay 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NHLN
Thu. 1/31/13 Washington Toronto 7:00 PM 7:00 PM TSN
Sun. 2/3/13 Los Angeles Washington 12:30 PM 12:30 PM NBC/TSN2
Wed. 2/27/13 Washington Philadelphia 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBCSN/TSN2
Sat. 3/2/13 Washington Winnipeg 3:00 PM 2:00 PM CBC
Thu. 3/7/13 Montreal Washington 7:00 PM 7:00 PM RDS/TSN
Sun. 3/10/13 Boston Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBC/NBCSN/TSN2
Thu. 3/14/13 Washington Carolina 7:00 PM 7:00 PM NHLN
Sat. 3/16/13 Washington Boston 1:00 PM 1:00 PM NHLN
Sun. 3/17/13 Buffalo Washington 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBC/NBCSN/TSN
Thu. 4/4/13 Washington Montreal 7:30 PM 7:30 PM RDS
Sun. 4/7/13 Washington Pittsburgh 7:30 PM 7:30 PM NBC/NBCSN
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