Those overseas games are not actually the premiere games of the NHL this season because they are being played after the first night of games in North America, which is rediculous in itself because of the compressed schedule due to the Olympics making these four teams have it even worse. Another change from last season is that these games are taking place on Friday and Saturday. Why would Versus choose to air the games that are taking place during the day on Friday when there will surely be less people watching than if they chose Saturday?
My predicted NBC schedule based on a limit of four games per team which I believe includes the Winter Classic and past experience with NBC:
January 1: Flyers @ Bruins (Winter Classic)
January 17: Blackhawks @ Red Wings
January 24: Penguins @ Flyers (obvious; Bruins @ Carolina? Yeah right!)
January 31: Red Wings @ Penguins (no doubt)
February 7: Penguins @ Capitals (no doubt about this either)
March 7: Bruins @ Penguins (guessing they don't want another Blackhawks/Red Wings game)
March 14: Capitals @ Blackhawks (intriguing)
March 21: Rangers @ Bruins (other choice is Sabres @ Hurricanes)
April 4: Red Wings @ Flyers (no other game scheduled)
April 11: Rangers @ Flyers (subject to change based on which playoff spots are up for grabs)
My least confidence comes with scheduling the Penguins four games in a row, but they are only on the schedule one other time, and that is against the Lightning. If NBC really wanted to mix it up, they could throw Hurricanes @ Thrashers at us on March 7.
Thanks to Puck Daddy (http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Winners-losers-in-Versus-2009-10-regular-season?urn=nhl,183899) and Puck the Media (http://puckthemedia.wordpress.com/2009/08/19/your-2009-10-nhl-on-nbc-flex-schedule/).