Delayed NHL Schedule Unveiled by North American Broadcasters

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The NBC Sports Group will air 70 regular games during the shortened hockey season from January 19, with the U.S.-based NHL Network to air 78 live match-ups.

TORONTO – The NHL’s belated season getting underway Jan. 19 will see the NBC Sports Group air 70 regular season games.

That’s just short of the 78 live games to air on the U.S.-based NHL Network, mainly on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The U.S. TV coverage will come as the NHL holds a shortened 48 game schedule over 104 days after the end of its players lockout.

With team owners and players having now ratified a new Collective Bargaining Agreement, the CBC in Canada will air 49 games during the league’s 60th season, starting Jan. 19 with a triple-header.

Resumed play means the CBC will earn much-needed TV ad revenue from its Hockey Night in Canada telecast, as it looks to offset the impact of ongoing government budgetary chops.

Cable sports channel TSN will air a 42-game NHL on TSN schedule, with each to feature at least one Canadian team.

The TSN coverage will start Jan. 22 with a double-header.

NBC next weekend will kick off its season coverage with the Stanley Cup winners Los Angeles Kings playing the Chicago Blackhawks.

The 2012-13 season will end on April 27, and follow with the Stanley Cup playoff rounds kicking off May 1.