Ok, yes, I am a Rangers fan and this will probably be disregarded by most as a bias whine by someone who cannot see his team play Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs but I'm going to write about it anyway because frankly, bias or not, I think I'm right.
I know Sid Crosby is supposed to be the second-coming of The Great One, I know, and I know the NHL needs a star that they can use to attract more fans and get more young people involved, kind of like the Michael Jordan of hockey, I know, but with all due respect to Sid the Kid, if you're going to put the NHL Playoffs on NBC and are trying to attract the most fans and biggest markets you can, then you have to put the biggest market in the NHL on in most of the country. The biggest market of course being the New York Rangers.
The fact of the matter is there are not enough hockey fans as it is. Another fact is there are more people in Brooklyn (2,465,326), one out of five boroughs of NYC then the entire city of Pittsburgh (334563). I mean look at those numbers. Even if the entire population of Pittsburgh rooted for the Pens and only 1/5 of Brooklyn rooted for the Rangers, the Rangers would still have more fans. And Pittsburgh is on national television!!! Also consider the fact that New Yorkers are spread across this country like mice are spread throughout a sewer. Also consider this is only the second year in the last ten the Rangers are in the playoffs and the first year in the last ten they actually have a chance to get through a round, which would get you to thinking that some of these so-so hockey fans who haven't paid attention for a bit might be a bit excited about their team playing in a meaningful game on national television. All these considerations and you wonder why the Penguin/Senator game is being broadcast to 84% of the country.
Now, just to be clear, this is not discounting the Pittsburgh Penguins and definitely not discounting Sydney Crosby. The Pens are a great organization and Crosby is a great player and because of his super stardom he should definitely be on national television sometimes...BUT...the bigger market will always garner more attention from the fans, the bigger market will always have more fans, and the bigger market will always promote your sport more then any one player.
But thats just my opinion everyone, the NHL must know better, I mean they handled that lockout situation gracefully!