• NBCSN: One to three regular-season games/week, All-Star Game, playoffs, Stanley Cup Finals (games 2, 3), through 2021.[1] NBC's playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals' coverage can be blacked out if a local channel is carrying coverage of the same games.
  • NBC: Black Friday game, New Year's Day game, Sunday afternoon late-season games, weekend afternoon and Saturday night playoff games, and Stanley Cup Finals (games 1, 4–7), through 2021.[1]
  • NHL Network: Wednesday, Friday and occasional Sunday games. Simulcasts of CBC/Sportsnet's Hockey Night in Canada (Saturday nights); the simulcast can be blacked out if a local channel is carrying coverage of the same game.
  • CNBC and USA: Stanley Cup Playoffs overflows

Additionally, viewers near the Canada–US border, especially in the Seattle, Detroit and Buffalo markets, can view CBC broadcasts of Hockey Night in Canada, playoffs and Stanley Cup Finals. CBC reaches most cable subscribers in Michigan, the Buffalo area, and much of the Seattle TV market. CBC broadcasts of NHL playoff games often get better ratings in those markets than the simultaneous American broadcast when both are available.

Local or regional broadcasters contract with the NHL team in their area for the right to broadcast a number of regular season games locally. These broadcasters can be traditional over-the-air television stations as well as regional cable sports channels. While the Chicago Blackhawks broadcast some games on WGN-TV, these games were not available for the WGN America feed due to league broadcast regulations but they are shown on WGN in Canada (same feed as WGN-TV).

Teams also have contracts with local radio broadcasters to air their games.


Westwood One through its NBC Sports Radio division (Stanley Cup Finals); games also simulcast on Sirius XM satellite radio.

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