Fri Apr 02 12:20pm EDT
VERSUS, the U.S. cable home of the NHL, is a bit like the Chris Osgood(notes) of hockey coverage: There are times during the regular season when it's completely ineffective and underwhelming, before becoming surprisingly competent and compelling in the postseason.
As we cover each day in the Death Watch, the playoff races are all preposterously tight, with the East potentially set on the last day of the regular season. Sensing that, VERSUS has added a slew of games to its broadcast schedule, to go along with previously announced coverage. From VERSUS; all times are EST and local blackouts do apply:
Exclusive regularly scheduled games:
April 6: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7:30 p.m.
April 8: Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins, 7 p.m.
April 8: Vancouver Canucks at San Jose Sharks, 10:30 p.m.
April 9: TBD, 7 p.m.
April 9: TBD, 7 p.m. (game to air in TBD markets of above game)
April 9: Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche (Joined in progress following TBD 7 p.m. game)
Some Avs love (finally), and congratulations to the Carolina Hurricanes for making an appearance on VERSUS this season after getting snubbed last summer. Too bad only Boston and Buffalo will see ye.
The TBD April 9th game would appear to be either the Philadelphia Flyers vs. the New York Rangers or the Atlanta Thrashers at the Washington Capitals, depending one which game means more we imagine. If it's the latter, that's three Caps games in five nights on VERSUS, which should make the "Oviekill" crowd sufficiently agitated.
For the Puck Buddies: What are your thoughts on the VERSUS coverage this season, both on its own and compared to previous seasons? We still think the studio show is a worthless, complete channel-flipper; but the in-game production continues to improve.