Should the NHL season start on time, the San Jose Sharks will be featured on national television eight times, including three games against Pacific Division rival Dallas as the league released its national broadcast schedule on Thursday.
Seven of the eight games will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network, including Nov. 15 @ Dallas; Dec. 4 @ Buffalo; Jan. 17 @ Minnesota; Jan. 22 @ St. Louis; Feb. 14 @ Tampa Bay; March 8 @ Dallas and the final game of the regular season on April 13 @ Phoenix.
The Sharks home game on March 9 against the Stars will be carried on the NHL Network. The local broadcast schedule has not yet been announced.
NBC begins its national broadcast schedule on the Friday after Thanksgiving, with the Boston Bruins at the New York Rangers, while this years Winter Classic features the Detroit Red Wings hosting the Toronto Maple Leafs at Michigan Stadium on New Year's Day.
The Sharks season opener is on Oct. 12 in Anaheim, but labor issues may result in that being delayed.