Coming off one of the most successful seasons in franchise history and buoyed by more star power than at any other time with the likes of Shea Weber and Ryan Suter, the Nashville Predators apparently still are not considered a team that can draw viewers outside of Middle Tennessee.
Nashville is not included in the 11-date NBC national broadcast package, which commences with a contest between Detroit and Boston in November and is concentrated mainly in the final three months of the season.
The NHL released its broadcast schedule Thursday, and only three Nashville games were included among schedules for the thee U.S. networks.
The Bruins, the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, are in seven of NBC’s games, while Detroit is in five.
NBC has reserved the right to move the Predators’ March 25 game at Chicago from Versus [scheduled to re-branded NBC Sports Network in January] as part of its flex option.
That contest is one of two Nashville road games currently slated for Versus. The other is Jan. 17 against the New York Rangers.
The NHL Network will come to Bridgestone Arena for a New Year’s Day contest against Calgary, with faceoff set for 5 p.m. (CST).