NHL Releases NBC / Versus Schedule: 11 Must See Games for the 2011-2012 Season

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NHL Releases NBC / Versus Schedule: 11 Must See Games for the 2011-2012 Season
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The 2011-2012 NHL season is getting closer and closer.  Fans took another big step towards October today, as the league released the television schedule for all channels.  Several games stand out from the rest, and we're here to help you determine which days you may want to try to get away from work to catch a particular game.

According to NHL.com, Boston and Philadelphia are tied for most appearances on NBC and Versus, with a whopping 13 aired games apiece.  Pittsburgh, Detroit and Chicago will all appear on the networks 12 times apiece, while Toronto leads TSN appearances with 17.

The Boston Bruins will open the regular season on October 6 against the Flyers, and TD Garden should be electric with the raising of the Stanley Cup banner.  

The NHL Premiere games will take place.over the next two days following the season opener.

On October 7, the New York Rangers will take on the LA Kings on Versus, airing from Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, while the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks will play at Hartwell Arena in Helsinki.

Then on October 8, Anaheim and New York will skate in Stockholm, while Buffalo and LA square off in Berlin.  

No matter which team you pull for, certain games deserve a red Sharpie circle.  Here are 10 games you just can't afford to miss for the upcoming NHL season. 

These were just the first few games that jumped off of the page at me.  I'm sure I'll look at the schedule later and kick myself for leaving one of these games off.  But instead of waiting, how about you kick me for me.  Take a look at the schedule here and tell me what you think I missed. Or at least which games you are looking forward to watching. 

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