Bethesda, Md. (Sept. 15, 2010) Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic, the regions leading source for television and online sports coverage, and the Washington Capitals have announced the teams 70-game regional television schedule for the 2010-11 regular season, which features high-definition coverage of the entire broadcast schedule for the first time.
Comcast SportsNet, along with the Capitals national broadcast partners, will provide area fans with live coverage of the teams complete schedule throughout the 2010-11 NHL season.
Comcast SportsNets television coverage of the upcoming Capitals season includes 59 games on Comcast SportsNet and 11 games on Comcast SportsNet Plus. This season marks the first time that Comcast SportsNet Plus will be available in HD to all cable and satellite providers throughout the region. As details regarding Comcast SportsNet Plus HD carriage and channel location become available, check with your provider or go to CSNwashington.com or CSNbaltimore.com for information.
The networks 70-game schedule of Capitals live game coverage begins with the teams regular season-opener on Friday, Oct. 8, at 7:30 p.m., when they travel to Atlanta to face the Southeast Division-rival Thrashers. The networks back-to-back coverage continues the following night as the Capitals host the reigning Atlantic Division-champion New Jersey Devils for their home opener at Verizon Center on Saturday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m., when the team will unveil banners commemorating last seasons Presidents Trophy and Southeast Division championship.
Comcast SportsNets live game coverage of the Capitals this season will be led by five-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play announcer Joe Beninati, veteran hockey analyst Craig Laughlin and longtime sideline reporter Al Koken, who return for their 14th season together as the Capitals television broadcast team. Jill Sorenson, who was recently named Comcast SportsNets Capitals television beat reporter, will also contribute to the networks live game coverage.
Comcast SportsNets coverage of the 2009-10 Capitals delivered record television ratings in a variety of categories for both the regular season and playoffs. The network posted an all-time high for average household ratings during the regular season, which represented a 49 percent increase versus the previous year, and recorded the top single-game rating (8.1) and playoff series rating (5.3) in network history during the 2010 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against Montreal.