On March 1 when the NHL returns from its Olympic break, Versus brings back the game in a big way with a slew of games over a span of four nights. This is something I would watch if Versus was on DirecTV, but you know, the two sides are locked in a dispute. But for NHL fans, it brings some good national attention to the sport following the Olympics.
VERSUS’ FIRST WEEK OF POST-OLYMPIC NHL COVERAGE FEATURES SEVEN GAMES ACROSS FOUR NIGHTS
NEW YORK, N.Y. (February 25, 2010)-VERSUS, the fastest growing sports cable network in the country, returns to the ice right after the two-week Olympic break with NHL action Monday through Thursday night the week of March 1. To build on the excitement generated by the 2010 Winter Games, the network added five bonus games to the week's schedule that already included the Detroit Red Wings/Colorado Avalanche game on March 1 and the Philadelphia Flyers/Tampa Bay Lightning match-up on March 2. Beginning on Tuesday, March 2, and continuing through the end of the regular season, VERSUS will also air Drive to the Playoffs; a 30-minute pre-game Hockey Central prior to each Tuesday night NHL telecast. The network will also air full half-hour pre-game shows on March 1 and 3.
VERSUS' first bonus game of the week, on March 2, features two of the top teams in the Eastern and Western Conferences with the San Jose Sharks hosting the New Jersey Devils at 10:30 p.m. ET. The game will not air on VERSUS in the team markets due to local blackout restrictions. On Wednesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. ET, VERSUS will televise the Washington Capitals and Buffalo Sabres game; local blackouts apply so home team markets will see the Philadelphia Flyers/Florida Panthers game at 7:30 p.m. ET.VERSUS' week of bonus game coverage concludes on Thursday, March 4, when the New York Rangers host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. ET. The game will be blacked out in team markets and viewers in Pittsburgh and New York will have access to the Toronto Maple Leafs/Boston Bruins game.
The network's regular season coverage continues on Monday, March 8, at 7 p.m. ET when the Dallas Stars visit the Washington Capitals and on Tuesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Philadelphia Flyers hosting the New York Islanders.
You’ll have plenty of games to watch for the first week following the Olympic break.