NW Ontario and Saskatchewan are now shared as Jets territory. NW Ontario will probably favor Jets over Leafs during the year, as they are 3 hrs or less driving distance to the arena compared to 24 hrs in Toronto. Saskatchewan is interesting since the Flames are also playing, but since its basically Jets v. Jets, CBC must think there is going to be increased local interest in the game.
Also expect all Jets games on HNIC to start at 7pm ET/6pm CT so it doesn't throw off CBC's coverage. This was discussed in depth over in the Jets thread.
I am more surprised that the Canadians game isn't airing in Atlantic Canada. Habs v. Nords would have interest on the east coast.
Also, I would have thought that CHEX may had considered airing a different local game, perhaps the Sens game.
And if one game turns out to be a blow-out, I am sure CBC won't be shy to switch over to another, more compelling, game (except in the home markets).
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