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U.S. based Red Wings fans ‘geo-blocked’ from IIHF streams + Wings at the Worlds primer

This isn’t necessarily news for any fans who have a rooting interest in the World Championships, including Red Wings fans who have


eleven players participating in the Worlds: The IIHF announced this morning that they will stream each and every one of the World Championship’s 64 games on their YouTube channel, with games and highlights available live, in highlight form and on demand, but the fine print stinks:

*Geo-blocked countries include: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.

The good news for U.S.-based Wings fans is that all games in which the U.S. (and Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader) participate, as well as the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze and gold medal games, will air on the NBC Sports Network, as noted by the Detroit News a few days ago...


U.S. schedule

(Times listed are Eastern.)

Friday, May 4 — France, 5:15 a.m. (NBCSN, live)

Saturday, May 5 — Canada,


[edit: 8:00 AM] (NBCSN, delayed 10:30 p.m. ET)

Monday, May 7 — Slovakia, 1:15 p.m. (NBCSN, live)

Thursday, May 10 — Belarus, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN, live)

Friday, May 11 — Kazakhstan, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN, live)

Sunday, May 13 — Finland, 9:15 a.m. (NBCSN, live)

Tuesday, May 15 — Switzerland, 1:15 p.m. (NBCSN, live)

Thursday, May 17 — Quarterfinals, TBD (NBCSN)

Saturday, May 19 — Semifinals, TBD (NBCSN, time TBD)

Sunday, May 20 — Bronze-medal game, 9 a.m. (NBCSN, live)

Sunday, May 20 — Gold-medal game, 1:30 p.m. (NBCSN, delayed 9 p.m. ET)

And MLive’s Brendan Savage both confirms that Calle Jarnkrok will play for Sweden—so the Wings participating in the Worlds include the following players:

Sweden: Jonathan Ericsson, Johan Franzen, Calle Jarnkrok, Niklas Kronwall, Henrik Zetterberg

USA: Justin Abdelkader, Jimmy Howard

Czech Republic: Petr Mrazek

Slovakia: Tomas Tatar

Russia: Pavel Datsyuk

Finland: Valtteri Filppula

And the preliminary games break cown as follows, per Savage:

Prelimiary round games will be held in Helsinki and Stockholm, Sweden. The U.S., Finland and Slovakia will play their preliminary round games in Helsinki while the Swedes and Russia will play in Stockholm. The medal round will be in Helsinki.

Here is the list of preliminary round games involving the Red Wings (all times EDT):

May 4: 5:15 a.m. – USA vs. France; 9:15 a.m. – Canada vs. Slovakia; 1:15 p.m. – Belarus vs. Finland; 1:15 p.m. – Sweden vs. Norway

May 5: 9:15 a.m. – Latvia vs. Russia; 1:15 p.m.; Sweden vs. Czech Republic; 10:30 p.m. – USA vs. Canada (tape delayed[: edit: game starts at 7:00 AM EDT)

May 6: 9:15 a.m. – Finland vs. Slovakia; 9:15 a.m. – Russia vs. Norway

May 7: 1:15 p.m. – USA vs. Slovakia; 1:15 p.m. – Denmark vs. Sweden

May 8: 1:15 p.m. – Finland vs. Switzerland; 1:15 p.m. – Russia vs. Germany

May 9: 9:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Kazakhstan; 1:15 p.m – Sweden vs. Germany

May 10: 9:15 a.m. – USA vs. Belarus; 9:15 a.m. – Denmark vs. Russia; 1:15 p.m. – France vs. Finland

May 11: 9:15 a.m. – USA vs. Kazakhstan; 1:15 p.m. – Finland vs. Canada; 1:15 p.m. – Russia vs. Sweden

May 12: 5:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. Belarus; 1:15 p.m. – Italy vs. Sweden

May 13: 9:15 a.m. – USA vs. Finland; 9:15 a.m. – Russia vs. Czech Republic; 1:15 p.m. – Switzerland vs. Slovakia

May 14: 1:15 p.m. – Kazakhstan vs. Finland; 1:15 p.m. – Italy vs. Russia

May 15: 5:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. – Slovakia vs. France; 1:15 p.m. – Sweden vs. Latvia; 1:15 p.m. – USA vs. Switzerland

May 17: Quarterfinals

May 19: Semifinals

May 20: Gold medal game; bronze medal game


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all games in which the U.S. (and Jimmy Howard and Justin Abdelkader) participate, as well as the quarterfinals, semifinals and bronze and gold medal games, will air on the NBC Sports Network

You know, we bitch a lot around here, and rightly so in most cases. But let’s give credit where credit is due: NBC is doing a very good job with its NHL (and NHL-related) coverage.

They just get better as time goes on.

Posted by Red Winger from work on 05/03/12 at 03:22 PM ET

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Posted by cowboycoffee from San Francisco, CA on 05/03/12 at 04:03 PM ET

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Posted by Red Winger from work on 05/03/12 at 02:22 PM ET

ESPN?  We don’t need no stinkin’ ESPN!

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 05/03/12 at 04:50 PM ET

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There are still glitches and production quality issues—and it’s hard as hell to find the channel in hotels—but they’ve come a long way, and I do think that NBC’s very specific desire to go with what they’ve got and promote their assets, hockey included, is impressive and very welcome.

Posted by George Malik from South Lyon, MI on 05/03/12 at 04:57 PM ET

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“Every Game, Every Night.”

Heck George, it’s even hard to find what channel they’re on at home.  I’ve got the channel 848 down pat, and often a second game on 819.  When the Caps play, here in Virginia they pop up on channel 251, the normal Caps channel, however, that was not the case last night as I think they were on a NBC channel.

But yes, hats off to televising all the games, made for some long evenings even though I didn’t watch all the games, I knew I could pop in now and then and check the scores and see the final period.

Posted by RWBill from the Babcock school of cheese grabbing. on 05/03/12 at 07:26 PM ET

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Man, we have no channel searching at all here.

NBC: 7
CNBC: 36

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie, MI on 05/03/12 at 07:57 PM ET

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*Geo-blocked countries include: Belarus, Denmark, Estonia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Russia, Sweden, Ukraine and the USA.

You suck!

Posted by Guilherme from Brazsil on 05/03/12 at 09:23 PM ET

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