Chicago Blackhawks National TV Schedule Stacked Again

By Keith Schultz

The National TV Schedule was released today, and the Chicago Blackhawks lead the NHL with the most appearances on NBC and NBCSN. 

It’s safe to say that NBC and NBCSN likes the lift that the Chicago Blackhawks give to their ratings, and the evidence is right there if you look at the number of times the Hawks are on the NHL flagship station.

The Chicago Blackhawks lead all of the NHL with 21 appearances on National TV. If you want to know which games the Chicago Blackhawks will be on National TV here is the list.

It says something to the popularity of the Chicago Blackhawks and their top stars in Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, but it also speaks volumes to the Chicago Blackhawks fan base that continues to grow seemingly each and every year.

The number 21 is the same exact amount of National TV games that the Chicago Blackhawks played last year as well.  The amazing thing is that the Pittsburgh Penguins with Sidney Crosby and the reigning Stanley Cup Championship aren’t the 2nd most scheduled team on the National TV schedule.

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The 2nd most games scheduled on national TV actually belongs to the Philadelphia Flyers with 20 appearances which also speaks to their fan base. The third most games belongs to the Boston Bruins and then it’s the Cup Champ Penguins at 15.

The problem with the Hawks topping the list is that they are becoming to everyone outside of the greater Chicagoland area what the Penguins were 5 years ago which is pretty hated.  People watch the Hawks in large numbers, but there are also a large group of hockey fans that are sick and tired of seeing the Chicago Blackhawks all the time especially when it’s an outdoor game event.

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The Chicago Blackhawks brass of course doesn’t care about any backlash for being on TV and in any event that the NHL puts on because Rocky Wirtz and John McDonough want their product on display whenever, wherever.

If you don’t have the Center Ice package one player you will not get to watch on the ice this year on National TV will be Connor McDavid whose Edmonton Oilers do not hit the National stage once this year which seems to be a bit of a crime by the NBC executives.

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What do you think about the Blackhawks being on National TV the Most? Good, Bad or Meh?