By: Erin Walsh
The NHL announced Monday, July 31, that the Boston Bruins would be appearing on national television 15 times during the 2017-18 season. They are tied for third most appearances with the Detroit Red Wings and Washington Capitals. The Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins will make 16 appearances, and the Chicago Blackhawks will make a whopping 17 appearances on national television.
Get ready for Turkey Day! The highlight of this nationally televised schedule is that the B’s will be hosting the Penguins in the 2017 Discover NHL Thanksgiving Showdown on Friday, November 24 at 1 PM. We can only expect that the NHL will have some great festivities for the fans in Boston and the fans that travel from Pittsburgh. Will this be the day that the NHL 100 Fan Arena makes its stop in Boston? We can only hope so!
Although we will miss the lovely commentating of Jack Edwards and Andy Brickley on NESN, the nationally televised games are great for the Bruins organization. Nationally televised games get aired on either NBC or NBC Sports Network all over the United States. People everywhere will get to witness the phenomenal hands of David Pastrnak, the brilliant saves by Tuukka Rask, the outstanding plays by Patrice Bergeron, and so much more!
The Boston Bruins have a lot of talent and young guys like Charlie McAvoy and Anders Bjork will get to show the Nation what they can do. Having 15 nationally televised games is an honor and a privilege, it shows that the Bruins are no joke and that the fan base is very strong not just all over the Country, but all over the world! Check out the rest of the schedule below.
*Schedule taken from NHL.com*
Wednesday, November 8 at N.Y. Rangers at 8:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
Friday, November 24 vs. Pittsburgh at 1:00 p.m. (NBC)
Wednesday, November 29 vs. Tampa Bay at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Wednesday, December 13 at Detroit at 8:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tuesday, December 19 at Buffalo at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, December 28 at Washington at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, January 7 at Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Wednesday, January 17 vs. Montreal at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Wednesday, February 7 at N.Y. Rangers at 8:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
Thursday, March 1 vs. Pittsburgh at 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
Tuesday, March 6 vs. Detroit at 7:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, March 11 at Chicago at 12:30 p.m. (NBC)
Wednesday, March 21 at St. Louis at 8:00 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, March 25 at Minnesota at 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN)
Sunday, April 1 at Philadelphia at 12:30 p.m. (NBC)