NHL TV viewers slow to come back

nhl news lockout 2013 stanley cup finals odds

NEW YORK (AP) - The NHL is hoping its television viewership will bounce back from another lockout.

View 2013 NHL Stanley Cup Odds

Ratings rebounded - eventually - after the last work stoppage, which wiped out an entire season. Healthy numbers from recent years in many cases matched or exceeded pre-lockout levels in an era of ever-increasing entertainment options.

When this year's lockout-shortened slate opens Saturday, NBC will show the Los Angeles Kings raising their championship banner, then regional coverage of Blackhawks-Kings or

Penguins-Flyers. The network plans to show the most hockey since it started televising the league after the last lockout, with 14 regular-season windows for games.

Executive producer Sam Flood says: ``The hockey fan is a passionate group, and we're cautiously optimistic they'll come back.''

Bet 2013 Stanley Cup Odds

Want More From TheSpread.com? Follow us on Twitterand Facebook or Subscribe to Our News Feeds!

NHL Top Stories

Thumbnail Canadiens vs. Stars Pick Are the Dallas Stars going to take care of business on their home ice versus the Montreal Canadiens tonight at 8:30PM...
Thumbnail Oilers vs. Blues Pick Are the Edmonton Oilers going to upset the host St. Louis Blues tonight at 8PM...
Thumbnail Flames vs. Capitals Pick Will the Washington Capitals be able to fend off the Calgary Flames when the two teams meet up tonight at 7PM...
Thumbnail Kings vs. Golden Knights Pick Will the Los Angeles Kings be able to start a winning streak when they hit the road to face the Vegas Golden Knights...

NHL Headlines

NHL Team Pages