The Kings will make their national television debut from Sweden this season, among 14 scheduled appearances announced Thursday by the NHL.
The Kings-Rangers game on Oct. 7 in Stockholm will air on Versus (and be simulcast on Canadian network TSN). Versus will also air Kings road games at St. Louis (Nov. 22), Tampa Bay (Feb. 7), Colorado (Feb. 22), Minnesota (Nov. 28) and Chicago (March 11).
The Chicago game could air on NBC. The network also has the option of airing that night’s Boston-Pittsburgh game, with the other game going to Versus. Twenty-two games were selected to air on NBC this season — not including the Winter Classic at Philadelphia on Jan. 2 — but the Kings might not get any major-network exposure in Year 1 of the reported $2 billion, 10-year broadcast deal between NBC and the NHL.
The NHL Network will air seven games: four at home (Nov. 19 vs. Detroit, Dec. 3 vs. Montreal, Feb. 25 vs. Chicago and March 24 vs. Boston) and three on the road (Dec. 17 at Detroit, Feb. 4 at Carolina, April 7 against San Jose).
Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime Ticket will return as the Kings’ local broadcast partner in 2011-12.