The NBC Sports Group has released its schedule for the 2017-18 season and the Carolina Hurricanes can circle their date.
The Canes’ lone date.
While there has been much chatter about the Canes’ offseason changes and having a young team — “on the rise” being a popular phrase — that should be exciting, NBC Sports is scheduled to show them just once. In April. In their 81st game of the season.
The Canes’ April 5 game against the Philadelphia Flyers will be their only appearance on NBC in the regular season.
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“We’re proud to offer our most diverse NHL schedule ever to fans across the country,” Sam Flood, NBC Sports executive producer & president of production, said in a statement Monday. “From classic rivalries and historic franchises, to young stars such as Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, a hockey-crazed market in Nashville, and a new franchise in Vegas, this schedule represents our commitment to present the NHL’s diverse and emerging stars, teams, and stories.”
The Pittsburgh Penguins, after winning back-to-back Stanley Cups, will receive heavy play, as expected. The Nashville Predators, who lost to the Pens in the Stanley Cup final, will be seen seven times.