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Start marking those hockey calendars and setting those PVRs.

With the release of the national NHL television schedule yesterday, the Canucks will now have 25 games shown Canada-wide during the 2009-10 season.

Fifteen of those will be broadcasted on CBC's Hockey Night in Canada, including the season opener against the Calgary Flames on October 1.

The remaining 10 nationally-televised games will air on TSN, with seven of those being on Wednesday nights throughout the season.

It's the same number of Canucks games shown on both CBC and TSN last season.

This leaves the other 57 games to be broadcasted on either Rogers' Sportsnet or Canucks pay-per-view, with both schedules to be announced at a later date.

When it comes to the other Canadian teams, the Toronto Maple Leafs lead the way with 41 nation-wide games (24 CBC, 17 TSN), while the Montreal Canadiens are one back with 40 (24 CBC, 16 TSN). The Calgary Flames have 23 appearances (13 CBC, 10 TSN), while both the Ottawa Senators (12 CBC, 10 TSN) and the Edmonton Oilers (12 CBC, 10 TSN) only have 22 showings.

The biggest day will be January 30th, also known as Hockey Day in Canada, as CBC will air all six Canadian teams. Vancouver will play visitor to Toronto that day in a 4 p.m. PT game.


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