All it takes is one phrase to get hooked on hockey.
"He shoots, he scores!"
If that phrase comes from the mouth of Mike Emrick, that is.
The NHL is back for a jam-packed 2013 season, and—perhaps, best of all—Emrick and NBC's traditional Sunday afternoon national broadcasts are back, too.
From Original Six showdowns to Original Six showdowns, your weekend's final afternoon will be fully occupied from now until at least the end of April.
Bring on the East Coast bias. Bring on the same matchups over and over. Bring on the hours of far too in-depth Sidney Crosby coverage.
Thank you, NBC.
Bring on the hockey.
2013 NHL on NBC TV Schedule
|Date||Away Team||Home Team||Time (ET)|
|Sat, Jan. 19||Pittsburgh Penguins||Philadelphia Flyers||3 p.m.|
|Sat, Jan. 19||Chicago Blackhawks||Los Angeles Kings||3 p.m.|
|Sun, Jan. 20||Philadelphia Flyers||Buffalo Sabres||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb. 3||Pittsburgh Penguins||Washington Capitals||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb. 10||Los Angeles Kings||Detroit Red Wings||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb. 17||Pittsburgh Penguins||Buffalo Sabres||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Feb. 17||Los Angeles Kings||Chicago Blackhawks||1:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar. 3||Chicago Blackhawks||Detroit Red Wings||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar. 10||New York Rangers||Washington Capitals||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar. 17||Boston Bruins||Pittsburgh Penguins||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Mar. 31||Chicago Blackhawks||Detroit Red Wings||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Apr. 7||St. Louis Blues||Detroit Red Wings||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Apr. 14||Chicago Blackhawks||St. Louis Blues||12:30 p.m.|
|Sun, Apr. 21||New Jersey Devils||New York Rangers||TBD|
|Sun, Apr. 21||St. Louis Blues||Colorado Avalanche||5:30 p.m.|
|Sat, Apr. 27||New Jersey Devils||New York Rangers||TBD|
|Sat, Apr. 27||San Jose Sharks||Los Angeles Kings||10:30 p.m.|
Many, many more games will be available across the U.S. on NBC Sports Network and Canada-wide on TSN and CBC.
Check the full NHL schedule for all television listings.
Mark Jones has been a Bleacher Report featured columnist since 2009. He has written more than 450 articles and received over 800,000 reads.