And most of those Habs games are 'aired' online only, and their streaming technology is a generation or two too old, at best. In the east you're stuck watching the laffs on the tube, or online you watch the cbc slideshow.
<--- Location: Halifax. I haven't missed a game yet due to unavailability of broadcast OR quality stream. I still stick to CBC/HNIC primarily though, whether the Habs are on or not, because it's still the best and most comprehensive hockey coverage there is. Well, TSN might be the most comprehensive these days, with all the deadline and draft day specials, etc, but I can't stand half of staff. James Duthie can just disappear and that would suit me fine, for example.
I seem to catch plenty of Habs games on CBC. For all the complainers, here`s the actual breakdown of the CBC HNIC broadcast schedule for this season:
Here is the breakdown.
29 Habs games---Montreal plays on 25 out of 26 Saturdays, two Sundays, and three weekday games
25 Leafs games---Toronto plays on 23 Saturdays and two weekday games
17 Senators games with 14 of them on Saturday, two weekday games, and one on Sunday
15 Canucks games with 13 of them on Saturday, one game on Friday, and one on Sunday
15 Jets games---11 of them on Saturday, two weekday games, and one on Sunday
13 Oilers games---11 of them on Saturday and two weekday games
12 Flames games---all of them on Saturday
So yeah, the CBC does the exact opposite of ignore the Habs. And whether or not I agree with every single panelist they`ve ever had on or not, it`s a much higher concentration and wider spectrum of NHL "wisdom", and I`ll take CBC`s production quality and less politically-driven rhetoric over RDS any day.
But yeah, when my cable box lets me down, the internet easily gets me around any regional blackout obstacles so a big QQ to the uninformed OP.
What the hell is QQ?
Someone else helped me out, I know the Habs, may be "on" HNIC, almost as much or more than the Leafs, but, outside of QC, they're not shown.