In a puzzling move, the NHL released today the projected schedule for nationally televised games for the 2012-2013 season.
I call this a puzzling move because, unless the NHL and NHLPA come to a labor agreement prior to September 15 when the current CBA expires, this schedule may mean absolutely nothing.
10 games will be seen in the US, including a road tilt on November 21 at the Carolina Hurricanes and two other Southeast Division games against the Winnipeg Jets and Washington Capitals on December 1 and January 11 respectively.
Also featured will be two match-ups against conference rivals the Pittsburgh Penguins in what will presumably be marketed as a superstar showdown between the league’s best two players from last season, Evgeni Malkin and Steven Stamkos. Those games will both be played in Pittsburgh on January 8 and February 24, barring a lockout.
Sadly missing from the line-up is a match-up with the Philadelphia Flyers, a team that has a budding rivalry with the Bolts particu...