Good stuff for those of you who have been clammoring for more HD games. According to the Panthers, ratings for games in HD were 30 percent higher than games shown in the traditional (and I don't mean black and white) format.
Of course, you all know the Panthers play 82 games. So that means 10 games aren't going to be shown locally. Instead of telling you which games are going to be on, here are the ones that aren't. And remember, a handful of games are restricted because of Versus' idiotic blackout on some Mondays and Tuesdays.
The highlights for the games on TV are that all games in the month of February and March will be on; in the first two months, only four games won't be on television. But, and I'm no math major, but that accounts to 40 percent of the no-show games. Blame Versus for two of those.
PANTHERS NON TELEVISED GAMES (and why I think they decided against showing):
Oct. 23 vs. Islanders (Sat): College football Saturday night, going up against baseball playoffs.
Oct. 26 at Toronto (Tues): Versus blackout, yes, but game is on TSN in Canada so it will be on Center Ice
Nov. 22 vs. Pittsburgh (Mon): Versus
Nov. 27 at Tampa Bay (Sat): Big night of college football, Heat playing Dallas
Dec. 7 vs. Colorado (Tues): Think the Versus blackout only applies to Oct-Nov so may not be able to blame them. Heat are off...
Dec. 17 vs. Buffalo (Fri): Heat plays the Knicks; Magic playing too...
Jan. 3 at Carolina (Mon): Honestly don't blame them for this one...
Jan. 23 at New Jersey (Sunday): NFL, NFL and NFL -- also, this could be NBC (ha!) flex game
April 6 at Washington (Wednesday): Opening week of baseball for Rays and Marlins
April 8 at Tampa Bay (Friday): See above....