Where's my hockey? Phoenix Coyotes make progress in televising more games.

Since I couldn't find a good TV camera picture, have a Yandle glamor shot instead. - Bruce Bennett

Even thought the Coyotes TV schedule hasn't been officially announced, we can look at the Coyotes, Suns and even Diamondbacks schedules to see where some conflicts will arise.

Phoenix Coyotes TV ratings continue to grow. In fact this year's home opener even tied a record for their first telecast of the season:

However some of this growth will go unmeasured this year, with many games being broadcast on Fox Sports Arizona Plus. Since FSAZ+ is not a full time channel, Nielsen doesn't count viewership it in its ratings. This can be frustrating for advertisers and fans as they struggle to locate or even tune in the game on basic cable.

In October the Coyotes will have no conflicts with any other local professional sport teams, including the Cardinals' Thursday night game on the 17th. College football creates possible conflicts on Saturday night games, but it's not until the NBA season gets fired up in November that we start to see any major conflicts. Luckily these early season conflicts are solved by the agreement the team signed with KTVK 3TV and their affiliate CW6. As stated in the press release, these channels will be carrying 10 games (nine on 3TV and the one last night on CW6); this is huge for folks who may only have standard (non digital) Cox cable. The only games that Cox cable and some satellite subscribers will have issues with is the game in Detroit broadcast on the NHL Network, and the game in St. Louis broadcast on NBC Sports Network. Note: I have just been informed that the game tomorrow (10/10) will be on FSAZ locally, instead of NHL Network.

Date Away Home Time Network? FSAZ Team Time
Thu Oct 3, 2013 Rangers Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Oct 5, 2013 Coyotes Sharks 7:30 PM FSAZ
Tue Oct 8, 2013 Coyotes Islanders 4:00 PM CW6
Thu Oct 10, 2013 Coyotes Red Wings 4:30 PM NHLN-US
Fri Oct 11, 2013 Coyotes Flyers 4:00 PM FSAZ
Sun Oct 13, 2013 Coyotes Hurricanes 10:00 AM 3TV
Tue Oct 15, 2013 Senators Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Fri Oct 18, 2013 Coyotes Ducks 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Oct 19, 2013 Red Wings Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Oct 22, 2013 Flames Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Oct 24, 2013 Coyotes Kings 7:30 PM FSAZ
Sat Oct 26, 2013 Oilers Coyotes 12:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Oct 29, 2013 Kings Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Oct 31, 2013 Predators Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Nov 2, 2013 Coyotes Sharks 7:30 PM FSAZ
Tue Nov 5, 2013 Canucks Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Wed Nov 6, 2013 Coyotes Ducks 8:00 PM 3TV SUNS 6:30
Sat Nov 9, 2013 Capitals Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Nov 12, 2013 Coyotes Blues 6:00 PM NBCSN
Thu Nov 14, 2013 Coyotes Blackhawks 6:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Nov 16, 2013 Lightning Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Nov 21, 2013 Avalanche Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Nov 23, 2013 Ducks Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Mon Nov 25, 2013 Coyotes Predators 6:00 PM 3TV SUNS 5:30
Wed Nov 27, 2013 Coyotes Wild 6:00 PM 3TV SUNS 7:00
Sat Nov 30, 2013 Blackhawks Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Dec 3, 2013 Coyotes Oilers 7:30 PM FSAZ
Wed Dec 4, 2013 Coyotes Flames 8:00 PM FSAZ
Fri Dec 6, 2013 Coyotes Canucks 8:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Dec 10, 2013 Coyotes Avalanche 7:00 PM 3TV SUNS 8:30
Thu Dec 12, 2013 Islanders Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Dec 14, 2013 Hurricanes Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Dec 17, 2013 Coyotes Canadiens 5:30 PM FSAZ
Thu Dec 19, 2013 Coyotes Maple Leafs 5:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Dec 21, 2013 Coyotes Senators 12:00 PM FSAZ
Mon Dec 23, 2013 Coyotes Sabres 5:00 PM FSAZ
Fri Dec 27, 2013 Sharks Coyotes 7:00 PM 3TV SUNS 8:30
Sat Dec 28, 2013 Coyotes Ducks 6:00 PM 3TV SUNS 7:00
Tue Dec 31, 2013 Oilers Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ

Early in January, folks with Cox cable will run out of luck. While the Suns ratings are slipping, they still likely hold the trump card in the negotiations with Fox Sports AZ, and will get priority over the Coyotes. There are a few games where they play in non-competing time slots; On March 10th The Coyotes play In Tampa at 4:30 and the Suns play at 7, while on March 17th the inverse is true with the Suns playing at 4:30 while the Coyotes play in LA at 7:30. On those two nights Fox Sports AZ will likely have both teams featured on the main channel.

Date Away Home Time Network? FSAZ Team Time
Thu Jan 2, 2014 Blue Jackets Coyotes 7:00 PM 3TV SUNS 7:00
Sat Jan 4, 2014 Flyers Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Jan 7, 2014 Flames Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Jan 9, 2014 Wild Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Jan 11, 2014 Ducks Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 5:30
Mon Jan 13, 2014 Coyotes Jets 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Jan 14, 2014 Coyotes Blues 6:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Jan 16, 2014 Canucks Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Jan 18, 2014 Devils Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Mon Jan 20, 2014 Maple Leafs Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Wed Jan 22, 2014 Coyotes Flames 7:30 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Fri Jan 24, 2014 Coyotes Oilers 7:30 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Sun Jan 26, 2014 Coyotes Canucks 6:00 PM FSAZ
Tue Jan 28, 2014 Kings Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Jan 30, 2014 Sabres Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 5:00
Sat Feb 1, 2014 Penguins Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Tue Feb 4, 2014 Stars Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Fri Feb 7, 2014 Blackhawks Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Feb 8, 2014 Coyotes Stars 6:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Thu Feb 27, 2014 Coyotes Jets 6:00 PM FSAZ
Fri Feb 28, 2014 Coyotes Avalanche 7:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 8:30
Sun Mar 2, 2014 Blues Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Tue Mar 4, 2014 Canucks Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Thu Mar 6, 2014 Canadiens Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00
Sat Mar 8, 2014 Coyotes Capitals 5:00 PM FSAZ
Mon Mar 10, 2014 Coyotes Lightning 4:30 PM FSAZ SUNS 7:00
Tue Mar 11, 2014 Coyotes Panthers 4:30 PM FSAZ
Thu Mar 13, 2014 Coyotes Bruins 4:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Mar 15, 2014 Flames Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Mon Mar 17, 2014 Coyotes Kings 7:30 PM FSAZ SUNS 4:30
Thu Mar 20, 2014 Panthers Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Mar 22, 2014 Bruins Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ
Mon Mar 24, 2014 Coyotes Rangers 4:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 4:30
Tue Mar 25, 2014 Coyotes Penguins 4:00 PM FSAZ
Thu Mar 27, 2014 Coyotes Devils 4:00 PM FSAZ
Sat Mar 29, 2014 Wild Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ

Then we come to April, where everything is probably going to end up on the plus channel. On April 2nd and 12th we have the Coyotes, Suns and Diamondbacks all starting their games within an hour of each other. The game on the 2nd thankfully is on NBC Sports, but the game on the 12th is going to have to be on FSAZ‽ or perhaps FSAZ∞.

Date Away Home Time Network? FSAZ Team Time FSAZ Team Time
Tue Apr 1, 2014 Jets Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ+ DBACKS 6:40
Wed Apr 2, 2014 Coyotes Kings 7:30 PM NBCSN SUNS 7:00 DBACKS 6:40
Fri Apr 4, 2014 Oilers Coyotes 7:00 PM FSAZ+ SUNS 7:00 DBACKS 1:10
Tue Apr 8, 2014 Coyotes Blue Jackets 4:00 PM FSAZ+ DBACKS TBD
Thu Apr 10, 2014 Coyotes Predators 5:00 PM FSAZ+ DBACKS TBD
Sat Apr 12, 2014 Sharks Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ∞ SUNS 5:30 DBACKS 5:10
Sun Apr 13, 2014 Stars Coyotes 6:00 PM FSAZ DBACKS 1:10

All will be clearer as soon as the agreement is signed, but until then all we can do is speculate. Oh yeah, in case no one got my title, this video should help.

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