October 12 could be a painful day for Colorado Avalanche fans across the country. NBC Sports Network has pegged the Avalanche to play their first game on national television. The Avs would play the St. Louis Blues at the Pepsi Center in Denver if the game took place. The game is part of a double header on the network that begins with the Boston Bruins and the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Avalanche are set to appear on United States national television seven times over the course of the season between the NBC Sports Network and the NHL Network. The Avalanche have no games scheduled on the main NBC channel. The Canadian networks will show 12 games over the course of the season, which will mean 16 total games will seen across the North American continent.
The lockout is still looming over the NHL’s season. The owners and NHL players are locked in a battle over revenue sharing in the league. Currently, the players receive 57% of the revenue. That is likely to be lowered. The owners would like to take the number down to as low as 43%. The players believe that teams need to do a better job sharing the league’s revenue among themselves, which they see as the key to prosperity for all 30 teams.
The Avalanche finished eleventh in the conference last year, seven points out of the playoffs. The eighth seed last season in the West ended up being the Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings. The Avalanche missed the playoffs two years in a row for the first time since moving from Quebec to Colorado in 1995.