Bruins to play in 17 games on national TV in 2012-13


Bruins to play in 17 games on national TV in 2012-13

The Bruins, as usual, will enjoy plenty of national TV exposure in the United States should the NHL season get started on time. The Black and Gold will have 17 games broadcast nationally in the US on NBC and the NBC Sports Network. Thirteen of those games will be exclusive, while the other four Bs games will also be televised locally on NESN.The Bruins, Penguins and Red Wings were tied for the most possible national appearances on the NBC Network family with the 17 possible games to be televised.

The biggest national game for the Bruins during the season will be the Nov. 23 Thanksgiving Showdown, a traditional Friday afternoon game on the day after Thanksgiving hosted in Boston. The Bs will take on the New York Rangers at 1 pm on Black Friday, and also have a Feb. 17 Saturday afternoon matinee against the Chicago Blackhawks penciled into the schedule. Three Bs games are also flex games on the schedule.

In addition the Bruins have their Oct. 11 Opening Night tilt against the Philadelphia Flyers on NBCSN. Ten other games and a Flex game against the Flyers on March 31 will also be on NBCSN.

Heres the full TV schedule for the Bruins with the caveat that many of the games could be cancelled by the looming NHL lockout if the league and players association cant come to a CBA agreement by Sept. 15:

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC Sports Network (all times Eastern):
Thursday, October 11 at Philadelphia, 7:00 PM
Tuesday, November 27 vs. New Jersey, 7:00 PM (non-exclusive)
Monday, December 10 at Detroit, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, January 9 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Sunday, January 13 at New York Rangers, 7:30 PM
Tuesday, January 29 vs. St. Louis, 7:00 PM
Monday, February 4 at Colorado, 9:00 PM
Wednesday, February 6 vs. Buffalo, 7:30 PM
Monday, March 4 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)
Wednesday, March 27 vs. Montreal, 7:30 PM
Wednesday, April 10 at New Jersey, 7:30 PM

Bruins Flex Game on NBC Sports Network (Eastern Time):
Sunday, March 31 at Philadelphia, 7:30 PM

Bruins Games Broadcast on NBC (all times Eastern):
Friday, November 23 vs. New York Rangers, 1:00 PM
Sunday, February 17 at Chicago, 3:30 PM

Bruins Flex Games on NBC (all times Eastern):
Sunday, March 10 at Washington, 7:30 PM
Sunday, March 17 at Pittsburgh, 7:30 PM
Saturday, April 13 at Buffalo, 7:30 PM (non-exclusive)

Thu. Oct. 11 At Philadelphia 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network)
Sat. Oct. 13 At New Jersey 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 16 At Montreal 7:30 PM (TSN, RDS)
Thu. Oct. 18 Montreal 7:00 PM (RDS)
Sat. Oct. 20 Dallas 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 23 Carolina 7:00 PM
Thu. Oct. 25 Anaheim 7:00 PM
Sat. Oct. 27 N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Tue. Oct. 30 Buffalo 7:00 PM

Thu. Nov. 01 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Fri. Nov. 02 At Washington 7:00 PM
Tue. Nov. 06 Minnesota 7:00 PM
Thu. Nov. 08 At Tampa Bay 7:30 PM
Sat. Nov. 10 At Florida 7:30 PM
Wed. Nov. 14 At Ottawa 7:00 PM (TSN)
Thu. Nov. 15 Colorado 7:00 PM
Sat. Nov. 17 Winnipeg 7:00 PM (CBC)
Wed. Nov. 21 At N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Fri. Nov. 23 N.Y. Rangers 1:00 PM (NBC, TSN)
Sat. Nov. 24 Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Tue. Nov. 27 New Jersey 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN2)
Thu. Nov. 29 Carolina 7:00 PM

Sat. Dec. 01 Buffalo 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Mon. Dec. 03 Phoenix 7:00 PM
Wed. Dec. 05 At Winnipeg 7:00 PM (TSN)
Sat. Dec. 08 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Mon. Dec. 10 At Detroit 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN2)
Tue. Dec. 11 Tampa Bay 7:00 PM
Thu. Dec. 13 Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sat. Dec. 15 Florida 7:00 PM
Mon. Dec. 17 Los Angeles 7:00 PM
Thu. Dec. 20 Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sat. Dec. 22 Washington 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Wed. Dec. 26 Ottawa 7:00 PM (TSN)
Sat. Dec 29 At Vancouver 7:00 PM (CBC)
Mon. Dec. 31 At Calgary 7:00 PM

Wed. Jan. 02 At Edmonton 8:00 PM
Sat. Jan. 05 Ottawa 1:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 08 At Ottawa 7:30 PM
Wed. Jan. 09 At Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Sat. Jan. 12 Chicago 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Jan. 13 At N.Y. Rangers 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Tue. Jan. 15 New Jersey 7:00 PM
Thu. Jan. 17 At Ottawa 7:30 PM
Sat. Jan. 19 At Montreal 7:00 PM (CBC, RDS, NHL Network)
Mon. Jan. 21 Toronto 1:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 22 At N.Y. Rangers 7:00 PM
Tue. Jan. 29 St. Louis 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN)
Thu. Jan. 31 At San Jose 7:30 PM

Sat. Feb. 02 At Phoenix 6:00 PM
Mon. Feb. 04 At Colorado 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Wed. Feb. 06 Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Fri. Feb. 08 At Buffalo 7:00 PM
Sat. Feb. 09 N.Y. Rangers 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Tue. Feb. 12 Toronto 7:00 PM
Fri. Feb. 15 At Carolina 7:00 PM
Sun. Feb. 17 At Chicago 6:30 PM (NBC, TSN2)
Mon. Feb. 18 At Nashville 5:00 PM
Thu. Feb. 21 At Tampa Bay 7:30 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Feb. 24 At Florida 6:00 PM
Tue. Feb. 26 At Carolina 7:00 PM
Thu. Feb 28 At Montreal 7:30 PM (RDS)

Sat. Mar. 02 Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Mon. Mar. 04 Montreal 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network non-exclusive, TSN, RDS)
Tue. Mar. 05 At N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 09 Philadelphia 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 10 At Washington 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex, TSN2)
Thu. Mar. 14 Florida 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 16 Washington 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 17 At Pittsburgh 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex)
Tue. Mar. 19 At Winnipeg 7:00 PM
Sat. Mar. 23 At Toronto 7:00 PM (CBC, NHL Network)
Mon. Mar. 25 Toronto 7:00 PM (TSN)
Wed. Mar. 27 Montreal 7:00 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN, RDS)
Sat. Mar. 30 Philadelphia 1:00 PM (NHL Network)
Sun. Mar. 31 At Philadelphia 7:30 PM (NBC Sports NetworkNBC Flex)

Tue. Apr. 02 Ottawa 7:00 PM
Thu. Apr. 04 Columbus 7:00 PM
Fri. Apr. 05 At Pittsburgh 7:00 PM (NHL Network)
Wed. Apr. 10 At New Jersey 7:30 PM (NBC Sports Network, TSN2)
Thu. Apr. 11 N.Y. Islanders 7:00 PM
Sat. Apr. 13 At Buffalo 7:30 PM (NBCNBC Sports Network Flex non-exclusive)

Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment


Friday, Oct. 21: Pee-wee push-ups draw coach’s punishment

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while anxiously awaiting a Cleveland/Chicago Cubs World Series showdown with all of the Red Sox subplots that could be involved.

*A peewee hockey coach in Quebec has been given a season-long suspension for punishing his players with hundreds of push-ups.

*The NHL game has changed radically over the last 11 years as Henrik Lundqvist has been a fixture for the New York Rangers.

*A lot has changed since Jaromir Jagr scored his first goal in 1990 and this article is worth it for the Jagr mullet picture alone.

*PHT writer and FOH (Friend of Haggs) Jason Brough says that a healthy Brandon Sutter has been a difference-maker for the Canucks.

*Carey Price is back in net for the Montreal Canadiens, and that makes the Habs a new team as they prepare for the Bruins on Saturday.

*This is what it looks like when you’ve completely given up on just about everything else except for being a hockey fan. So very gross.

*For something completely different: The Doctor Strange cast is being forced into answering some tough questions at the premiere of what is essentially a comic book movie.



Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’


Rask status in question vs. Canadiens with ‘general soreness’

BRIGHTON, Mass. – Tuukka Rask has been outstanding through his first three games this season after stumbling out of the gate last year. The .947 save percentage and sub 2.00 GAA are all the more impressive for Rask when also accounting for a lower body issue that’s been nagging at him since the opening night win a little more than a week ago.

Rask stopped 28 of 29 shots against the New Jersey Devils Thursday night in a 2-1 win over the New Jersey Devils at TD Garden, but it was also clear on a couple of stops that he was feeling discomfort in his lower half as he extended into the full butterfly. 

That was confirmed by Rask following the win when he admitted he was dealing with “something” after the game, and by his absence from the practice ice at Warrior Ice Arena on Friday morning.

“Uh-huh. There’s always a little something-something,” said a smirking Rask, when asked if he’s playing through something physically.

Instead, Babson College goalie coach Mike Ronan was called into emergency duty, and took the practice ice along with Bruins backup netminder Anton Khudobin.

Claude Julien said following practice that Rask was dealing with the same “general soreness” that last week pushed him out of a scheduled start against the Toronto Maple Leafs, and it’s uncertain whether he will make the start against the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday.

“The general soreness he had last week is still there,” said Julien. “[The medical staff] will see tomorrow how he's doing.”

Rask also missed a Bruins practice with soreness last Friday in Toronto, and wasn’t able to play the next night in the loss to the Maple Leafs. Injuries aside, Rask has been brilliant against both New Jersey and Winnipeg and was solid over the final 40 minutes against the Blue Jackets in an opening night win to start the season.

“Tuukka was outstanding in Winnipeg and he was good again [vs. New Jersey],” said Julien. “So, there are no issues with Tuukka. I think he’s giving us the hockey and the goaltending that we are looking for.”

Well, maybe there is one slight “issue with Tuukka” if a nagging lower body issue starts keeping him out of Bruins games and practices on the regular.

Here are the line combos and D-pairings at Friday practice:









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