Hi Gang... just passing along that the Kings/Hawks game on the 19th will be televised by NBC as well - regionally. No word on whether or not they'll be exclusive in-market (meaning CSN/FSN would not be able to broadcast the game in the Chicago and LA markets respectively)
"It's been long-rumored that NBC will open up with a Flyers vs. Penguins national game at 3 p.m. ET on Jan. 19. It appears, however, that NBC will return to the old practice of regionalizing -- half the country will get one game, the other will get another.
The other game? NBC's listings page confirms that they'll be airing the home opener of the Los Angeles Kings, as they raise their banner against the Chicago Blackhawks. The likely result is that NBC will either split the country into east and west, or possibly add in a third game (New York Rangers vs. Boston perhaps?) and further split things up, ensuring a boffo rating."
After the first quarter of the season (12 games), the Hawks will have had the same number of games in Phoenix as in Chicago.
Pretty sad isn't it? The Hawks are going to have to make hay on the road early. If they do it could end up fantastic for them. If not they can perhaps make some up at home. But I would prefer to see >50% on that long road trip.