CBC Television , the previous over-the-air television broadcaster of the NHL, continues to participate in coverage to an extent: Rogers reached a deal with CBC to license the Hockey Night in Canada brand and maintain the network's traditional Saturday night games. FX Canada was originally also used to show games usually simulcasts of all-American matchups , but has not carried regular season or playoff broadcasts since the first year of the Rogers contract.
Sportsnet also airs a primetime game of the week on Sunday nights, known as Rogers Hometown Hockey, and exclusive Wednesday night games. During the playoffs, games are split between CBC and the Sportsnet channels.
From January until the end of the season, an exclusive afternoon "Game of the Week" airs on the weekend on the NBC broadcast network. For these games, NBCSN televises them nationally, but are blacked out in the teams' local markets in favor of the telecasts of their respective regional broadcaster.
Most first round playoff games are also aired on a syndication-exclusivity basis; NBC holds national exclusivity to only a few selected first-round games, but then has it for the remaining three rounds of the playoffs.
In , USA Network also carried several first- and second-round games. In , the Golf Channel was also used for some playoff games.
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