With Toews captaining his own team and Kane serving as one of Nick Foligno's assistants, the two-time Stanley Cup champions will be on opposite ends of the ice Sunday. Both Toews and Kane debuted during the season, and they have been equally responsible for the Blackhawks' resurgence.
Hockey broadcasting on a national scale was spotty prior to ; NBC and CBS held rights at various times during that period, with each network carrying weekend-afternoon games during the second half of the regular season and the playoffs, along with some but not all of the Stanley Cup Finals.
From to , there was no exclusive coverage of games. National U. NBCUniversal holds exclusive rights to Wednesday night games, all games televised by the NBC network, and every game in the Stanley Cup playoffs beginning in the second round.
As in Canada, games not broadcast nationally are aired regionally within a team's home market, and are subject to blackout outside of them.
Certain national telecasts on NBCSN, such as non-Wednesday regular season games and first round playoff games, are non-exclusive, and may also air in tandem with telecasts of the game by local broadcasters. However, national telecasts of these games are blacked out in the participating teams' markets to protect the local broadcaster.
Only a handful of regular season games, including the outdoor games , may be broadcast nationally in both countries.
A Saturday night Bruins—Canadiens game, for example, would typically air on Hockey Night in Canada across that country but only regionally south of the border in the Boston area.
Likewise, a Tuesday night Bruins—Canadiens game may air across the U.
Starting with the —08 season, XM broadcasts every game. From to , the league did not have national radio broadcasts, relying only on local broadcast teams.
The NHL Network also airs live games, but primarily simulcasts of one of the team's regional broadcasters.
There were originally two versions: one for Canadian viewers and a separate one for those in the United States. The U. Out-of-market sports packages[ edit ] The NHL operates two subscription-based services allowing access to live, out-of-market games; NHL Centre Ice in Canada  and NHL Center Ice in the United States  offer access to out-of-market feeds of games through a cable or satellite television provider.
The league also offers NHL. In the United States, the service does not carry national games which are offered through the NBC Sports Live Extra service to authenticated pay television subscribers or in-market games online availability varies by broadcaster.
Per its exclusive national television and digital rights contract, Rogers Communications took over Canadian distribution and marketing of both the out-of-market TV and the internet services in Canada as of the —15 season.
As part of the transition, Rogers also issued a free trial of the service, lasting through the start of , to all Rogers cable and mobile internet subscribers. Rogers GameCentre Live also offers "GamePlus", a component featuring alternate camera angles, such as net cams, point-of-view cams, and sky cams.
The sky cam are currently only available for Air Canada Centre games, but the remaining Canadian arenas will be equipped for it in the future.
GamePlus features were only available to GameCentre Live subscribers who are subscribed to Rogers' cable, internet, or wireless services. The aforementioned NHL. In Denmark, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, Viasat holds the rights to stream games online; users in those countries must instead watch through Viasat's Viaplay service.
Comparisons with TV coverage of the other major leagues in the U. The differences are most prominent during each league's respective championship series or game. With the prominence of Hockey Night in Canada since the 's, and with Canadian teams like the Edmonton Oilers and the Montreal Canadiens making multiple championship runs during the s and s, the Stanley Cup Finals has regularly been produced and aired on broadcast television in Canada.
On the other hand, with the historically inconsistent U. Summary of branded-nationally televised games[ edit ] Day.