How's this for timing? Just a couple days before pretty much everyone expects a lockout to commence, the Nashville Predators are rolling out their TV schedule for the upcoming season. Just as with last season, there will be 68 games covered by the combination of FS-TN and SportSouth, all in HD.
An excerpt from the team's press release follows...
The National Hockey League's Nashville Predators and the team's exclusive regional television partner FOX Sports Tennessee (FSTN) announced today that the network will televise a minimum of 68 Nashville Predators' regular-season games during the 2012-13 NHL season, tying the franchise record set in 2011-12. All games will be televised in HD.
The Nashville Predators TV schedule, along with the NHL's national package, will see 40 road games (39 on FSTN/SPSO, one on NBCSN) and 31 home contests (29 FSTN/SPSO, two NBCSN) televised regionally. Sixty five of the Predators 71 televised games will air on FOX Sports Tennessee; three games will be televised on FOX Sports Tennessee's sister network SportSouth (SPSO) and three will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network (NBCSN).
The FOX Sports Tennessee broadcast duo of play-by-play announcer Pete Weber and analyst Terry Crisp enter their 15th season calling Predators' action. In addition to game telecasts, Weber and Crisp will co-host LEXUS Predators LIVE, an extended post-game coverage show after every game on FOX Sports Tennessee. Predators players and personnel will also be featured in FOX Sports Tennessee original programs such as Predators Snapshot. Returning for his fifth season is Mark Howard, rinkside reporter for all Predators home games. Joining Pete Weber and Terry Crisp on the broadcast, Howard provides player and coach interviews during pre- and post-game coverage as well as intermissions.
The detailed schedule itself can be seen on the Preds' website.