The first National Hockey League game on United States soil in which Buffalo Sabres top draft choice Jack Eichel is scheduled to play against Edmonton top draft choice Connor McDavid will get a national television broadcast.
The NBC Sports Network will carry the game in the First Niagara Center between the league’s two top draft choices on March 1. McDavid was No. 1, Eichel No. 2 in the June draft.
The two rookies are scheduled to have their first meeting on Dec. 6 in Edmonton.
The Sabres’ Feb. 21 game with Pittsburgh also will be part of a tripleheader on NBC and NBCSN in what is being billed as "Hockey Day in America." The Sabres game will air on the broadcast network at 12:30 p.m., three hours before the NHL Stadium Series game between Chicago and Minnesota. The game between the New York Rangers and Detroit will air that night on NBCSN.
In all, NBC and NBCSN will air 105 games in the 2015-16 season. The Sabres are scheduled to have five televised games. In addition to the two above, the games with Tampa Bay on Nov. 10, the New York Rangers on Jan. 25 and Detroit on March 28 are on the schedule. The Pittsburgh game is the only one on NBC.