NHL National Cable TV Schedule 1/17– 1/23, 2019

Like the NBA schedule for the week, this week’s lineup on national TV for the NHL is also busy. With 17 games airing across NBC Sports Network, ESPN+, and the NHL Network on cable TV as well as on NBC on broadcast TV, the NHL is kicking into high gear on your TV dial. There’s less NFL football to watch, college football is over, and fans from St. Cloud, MN to Arlington, TX will be tuning in to the hard-hitting action.

Here’s the full schedule for the week, all listed times Eastern.

Thursday, January 17
7:00p Blackhawks-Rangers NBCSN
7:30p Maple Leafs-Lightning ESPN+
8:00p Jets-Predators ESPN+
Friday, January 18
7:30p Islanders-Capitals ESPN+
9:00p Red Wings-Flames ESPN+
Saturday, January 19
7:00p Rangers-Bruins
or Jets-Stars
NHL Network
Flyers-Canadiens ESPN+
10:00p Penguins-Golden Knights ESPN+
Sunday, January 20
12:30p Capitals-Blackhawks NBC
4:00p Red Wings-Canucks ESPN+
7:00p Coyotes-Maple Leafs NHL Network
Monday, January 21
3:00p Predators-Avalanche ESPN+
4:00p Blues-Kings NBCSN
Tuesday, January 22
7:00p Sharks-Capitals ESPN+
9:00p Red Wings-Oilers NBCSN
Wednesday, January 23
7:30p Capitals-Maple Leafs NBCSN
10:00p Predators-Golden Knights NBCSN
10:30p Hurricanes-Canucks ESPN+

Our pick of the week is Thursday’s ESPN+ matchup between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Tampa Bay Lightning. A potential conference finals matchup in the East, both teams are Stanley Cup favorites and play an exciting, offense-driven style that translates well to the TV screen. Crisp passes, speedy rushes, and vicious snipes aplenty can be expected from this matchup.

Be sure to check back each week right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog to see the schedule for the upcoming week—and our favorite picks to watch.

NBA National TV Schedule 1/15 – 1/21, 2019

As the Rockets continued playing without Chris Paul, James Harden finally hit a wall last week, ending his profoundly impressive offensive streak with a game in which he shot 1-17 from three. Still, it’s a two-man MVP race between Harden, whose Rockets play the Sixers Monday on TNT, and the Greek Freak, whose Bucks are missing out on this week’s national TV lineup, and will only be available to local audiences in the Milwaukee market including Madison, WI.

This week’s national NBA TV schedule follows. All times are Eastern.

Tuesday, January 15
7:00p T’Wolves-Sixers NBA TV
10:30p Bulls-Lakers NBA TV
Wednesday, January 16
8:00p Raptors-Celtics ESPN
10:30p Pelicans-Warriors ESPN
Thursday, January 17
3:00p Knicks-Wizards NBA TV
7:00p Sixers-Pacers TNT
9:30p Lakers-Thunder TNT
Friday, January 18
8:00p Spurs-T’Wolves ESPN
10:30p Warriors-Clippers
Replaces Pelicans-Blazers
Saturday, January 19
3:30p Thunder-Sixers ABC
8:30p Lakers-Rockets ABC
Monday, January 21
12:30p Thunder-Knicks NBA TV
3:00p Magic-Hawks NBA TV
5:30p Pelicans-Grizzlies TNT
8:00p Rockets-Sixers TNT
10:30p Warriors-Lakers TNT

Part of the reason for the stacked schedule is a Monday Martin Luther King Day marathon, with five games including two daytime matchups on NBATV and three in the evening on TNT. The day closes out with Warriors vs. Lakers, with Lebron James scheduled to return from his groin injury for that matchup—which will also see DeMarcus Cousins taking the floor at center for the Warriors. Potential conference finals matchup? We’ll see.

Be sure to check back each week for the national TV schedule for the week’s NBA games, as well as some of our picks for games to watch, right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog.

NHL National Cable TV Schedule 1/10– 1/16, 2019

If NBA basketball isn’t your thing and NHL hockey is, stay up to date each week at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog with our NHL national cable TV hockey schedule. Each week, we preview some games to watch and provide listings for all the nationally available games of the week. This week’s schedule for hockey fans from Syracuse, NY to Yakima, WA and everywhere in between is just below. All times Eastern.

Thursday, January 10
7:00p Capitals-Bruins ESPN+
8:00p Jets-Wild NBCSN
10:00p Sharks-Golden Knights ESPN+
Friday, January 11
7:30p Sabres-Hurricanes NHL Network
10:00p Penguins-Ducks ESPN+
Saturday, January 12
1:00p Flyers-Devils NHL Network
Rangers-Islanders ESPN+
7:00p Bruins-Maple Leafs
or Avalanche-Canadiens
NHL Network
Blue Jackets-Capitals ESPN+
8:30p Golden Knights-Blackhawks ESPN+
Sunday, January 13
6:00p Rangers-Blue Jackets
or Ducks-Jets
NHL Network
7:00p Lightning-Islanders ESPN+
Monday, January 14
7:00p Avalanche-Maple Leafs ESPN+
7:30p Canadiens-Bruins NBCSN
Tuesday, January 15
8:00p Kings-Wild NBCSN
10:00p Penguins-Sharks ESPN+
Wednesday, January 16
7:30p Bruins-Flyers NBCSN
9:30p Sabres-Flames ESPN+
10:00p Sharks-Coyotes NBCSN

This week’s biggest rivalry game is between Original Six foes the Montreal Canadiens and the Boston Bruins. The game airs Monday on NBC Sports Network and sees the teams separated by less than two games in the standings, with the Bruins currently in a playoff spot and the Habs on the outside looking in. These two teams play each other tough even when they’re both out of the playoff race—the fact that they’re both clawing for position in the Atlantic Division will make this rivalry game even rougher.

Another game between teams playing well is the Sabres-Flames tilt on January 16. The Flames are at the top of the West and the Sabres, after several years of mediocrity, are in playoff position behind young stars Jack Eichel and Jeff Skinner. It should be a fast-moving, high-scoring matchup.

What games are you interested in? Let us know in the comments.

NBA National TV Schedule 1/8 – 1/14, 2019

With many teams hitting the 40 game mark, the season is halfway over. Though the All-Star break tends to mark the homeward stretch in the eyes of many fans, it really begins this week for many teams and started last week for some. Some teams have already made big changes, as the Minnesota Timberwolves fired head coach Tom Thibodeau over the weekend. Their first game with new leadership is the first game on our docket this week as they take on the Thunder on NBATV Tuesday. What is in store for the fans in Minneapolis and St. Paul? And how about the fans in the Los Angeles area, wondering when LeBron James will return? We bet he will before Sunday’s return to Cleveland.

Here’s the schedule for the week. All times Eastern.

Tuesday, January 8
8:00p T’Wolves-Thunder NBA TV
10:30p Knicks-Warriors NBA TV
Wednesday, January 9
8:00p Bucks-Rockets ESPN
10:30p Pistons-Lakers ESPN
Thursday, January 10
7:00p Celtics-Heat TNT
9:30p Thunder-Spurs TNT
Friday, January 11
7:30p Pacers-Knicks ESPN
10:00p Lakers-Jazz ESPN
Saturday, January 12
8:30p Spurs-Thunder NBA TV
Sunday, January 13
9:30p Cavs-Lakers NBA TV
Monday, January 14
8:30p Hornets-Spurs NBA TV

Other games to watch include the Spurs and Thunder on Saturday on NBATV, a matchup of two of the hottest teams in the stacked Western Conference, and Friday’s Lakers-Jazz battle for playoff seeding.

Be sure to stay tuned right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog for schedules and games not to miss, each week through the season.

NHL National Cable TV Schedule 1/3 – 1/9, 2019

Following last week’s Winter Classic and other nationally televised games, this week’s schedule is light, with only four nationally broadcast games, all on NBC Sports Network. Three of the four games feature one of the teams from the Winter Classic, the Chicago Blackhawks, due to their popularity all over Illinois from Marine to Salem. Though they’re not likely to make this playoffs this year, they’ll still put up a fight against the Islanders and Penguins on the road, and in next week’s divisional matchup the Predators at home.

Here’s the schedule in full, all times Eastern:

Thur., Jan. 3 Chicago N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Sun., Jan. 6 Chicago Pittsburgh NBCSN 8 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 8 Philadelphia Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 9 Nashville Chicago NBCSN 8 p.m.

The week’s non-Chicago game may be the best matchup of all. Next Tuesday, Metro Division rivals the Philadelphia Flyers, making a push to get back into contention, face the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals, who are looking to maintain their strong standard of success and keep the momentum going from the early summer Cup win.

Be sure to check in each week for game schedules, which games to watch, and what channels to find them on with the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog. Throughout the winter sports season, this is your destination for NBA schedules, NHL schedules, game previews, and more.


NBA National TV Schedule 1/1 – 1/7, 2019

After last week’s Christmas Day showcase, most teams in the NBA have played about a third of their schedule and while the Western Conference is still much up for grabs, teams are starting to settle into playoff positions in the Eastern Conference. This week’s games feature a few cross-conference battles between teams that were thought to have potential for playoff success during the preseason, as well as in conference battles between teams jockeying for playoff seeding. The full schedule for the week’s games on NBATV, TNT, and ESPN is below, all times Eastern.

Tuesday, January 1

Utah Jazz at Toronto Raptors, 7:30pm, NBA TV

Wednesday, January 2

Minnesota Timberwolves at Boston Celtics, 8pm, ESPN

Oklahoma City Thunder at L.A. Lakers, 10:30pm, ESPN

Thursday, January 3

Toronto Raptors at San Antonio Spurs, 8pm, TNT

Houston Rockets at Golden State Warriors, 10:30pm, TNT

Friday, January 4

Washington Wizards at Miami Heat, 8pm, ESPN

Oklahoma City Thunder at Portland Trail Blazers, 10:30pm, ESPN

Saturday, January 5

Toronto Raptors at Milwaukee Bucks, 8:30pm, NBA TV

Sunday, January 6

Indiana Pacers at Toronto Raptors, 6pm, NBA TV

This week’s best matchups are Western Conference battles. The Oklahoma City Thunder and Portland Trail Blazers are both likely playoff-bound, and could wind up matching up in the first or second round of the playoffs. Friday’s late game may be a preview of this action, with guards Russell Westbrook and Damian Lillard going head-to-head and shot-for-shot. Oregon residents from Medford to Coos Bay will be tuned in. You should also keep your eye out for Thursday’s late game, a Conference Finals rematch between the Houston Rockets and Golden State Warriors.

Enjoy the games.

NHL National Cable TV Schedule 12/27, 2019 – 1/2, 2019

After a brief Christmas break where the NBA dominates the consciousness, the NHL returns this Thursday with the schedule back in full swing. We’re more than a quarter of the way through the season, so the standings picture is getting clearer and we’re finding out which teams are ones to watch and which ones are not—the Blues and Blackhawks, for example, shouldn’t interest anyone outside of loyal diehard fans in St. Louis, Chicago, and parts of Illinois like Lebanon between.

For example the Blue Jackets and Leafs, who play Friday on ESPN+, are contenders rather than pretenders, each standing at second place in their respective divisions behind only the red-hot Capitals and Lightning. Those Capitals play the Central second-place Predators on Monday, a good rowdy game that should lead nicely into New Year’s Eve celebrations.

Here’s the full national TV schedule for the week ahead.

Thursday, December 27
7:00p Red Wings-Penguins ESPN+
7:30p Flyers-Lightning NBCSN
8:30p Wild-Blackhawks ESPN+
Friday, December 28
7:00p Maple Leafs-Blue Jackets ESPN+
Saturday, December 29
7:00p Islanders-Maple Leafs ESPN+
8:00p Rangers-Predators ESPN+
Sunday, December 30
8:00p Golden Knights-Coyotes ESPN+
Monday, December 31
12:30p Predators-Capitals NHL Network
6:00p Penguins-Wild ESPN+
7:00p Rangers-Blues ESPN+
Tuesday, January 1
1:00p Bruins-Blackhawks NBC
Wednesday, January 2
7:00p Penguins-Rangers NBCSN
9:30p Sharks-Avalanche NBCSN

Another game to watch concludes the schedule this week, with the always strong in the regular season San Jose Sharks taking on Central Division contenders the Colorado Avalanche. The Avs have the best first line in hockey right now, and the Sharks will always be a thorn in the side in the regular season—though they still haven’t proven it in the playoffs.

Check back each week for schedules, game previews, and a whole lot more right here at the TV, Internet, and Phone Blog.