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Canes relegated to only one national TV game next season -- again

Canes fans, gathered outside the Carolina Ale House on Glenwood Avenue, react after the Boston Bruins score in the second period of Sunday’s playoff game.
Canes fans, gathered outside the Carolina Ale House on Glenwood Avenue, react after the Boston Bruins score in the second period of Sunday’s playoff game. jwall@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes’ Stanley Cup playoff run to the Eastern Conference finals earned it a lot of national TV time on NBC -- last season.

The Canes’ playoff success didn’t translate to more TV time in the coming 2019-20 regular season.

The Canes again will be shown on the NBC Sports Group just once, on March 5, in the road game against the Philadelphia Flyers. That’s it -- one and done.

NBC released its national hockey schedule Tuesday, trumpeting the 109 games that will be shown this season, including 14 doubleheaders on its “Wednesday Night Hockey showcase.” The NBC release said “Established stars and young phenoms will take center stage on ‘Wednesday Night Hockey’” but that won’t include the Canes’ Sebastian Aho or Andrei Svechnikov.

In May, NBC announced the rating for Game 1 of the Canes’ Eastern Conference finals series against the Boston Bruins was the highest in NBCSN history for Game 1 of the conference finals.

The Canes have gotten short shrift from NBC in recent seasons. They were televised once in the 2018-19 season and once in 2017-18 -- on April 5, 2018, in their 81st game of the regular season.

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In more than 30 years at The N&O, Chip Alexander has covered the N.C. State, UNC, Duke and East Carolina beats, and now is in his 11th season on the Carolina Hurricanes beat. Alexander, who has won numerous writing awards at the state and national level, covered the Hurricanes’ move to North Carolina in 1997 and was a part of The N&O’s coverage of the Canes’ 2006 Stanley Cup run.
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