NBC Sports Group will present 12 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games this weekend – four games during each of the next three days – including all 16 playoff teams in action across the networks of NBCUniversal, and the first three matchups of the postseason on NBC.
Tonight’s game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network with Game 2 between the (1) Montreal Canadiens and (WC1) New York Rangers, and continues on NHL Network at 7p.m. ET with Game 2 of the (3) Columbus Blue Jackets-(2) Pittsburgh Penguins series.
NBCSN presents a Game 2 doubleheader tonight starting at 8 p.m. ET, when the (2) Minnesota Wild look to even their series against the (3) St. Louis Blues. Coverage continues at 10:30 p.m. ET when the (2) Edmonton Oilers host the (3) San Jose Sharks. Studio coverage begins with NHL Liveat 7 pm ET on NBCSN.
This weekend’s coverage also features the first three games of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC, beginning Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, when the (2) Ottawa Senators host the (3) Boston Bruins in Game 2 of their series. The Stanley Cup Playoffs will be in primetime on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET on NBC with Game 2 of the (WC2) Nashville Predators-(1) Chicago Blackhawks series. Sunday’s coverage on NBC features Game 3 between the Wild and Blues in St. Louis at 3 p.m. ET. Following is this weekend’s full Stanley Cup Playoff schedule.
“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. Friday editions will include weekend information.
THE PASS – FRIDAY, APRIL 14-SUNDAY, APRIL 16 (All times ET)
|FRIDAY, APRIL 14|
|7 p.m.||Game 2 – (WC1) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Montreal||USA Network||Gord Miller,Ray Ferraro|
|7 p.m.||Game 2 – (3) Columbus at (2) Pittsburgh||NHL Network||Paul Steigerwald,Bob Errey|
|8 p.m.||Game 2 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Minnesota||NBCSN||John Forslund,Pierre McGuire|
|10:30 p.m.||Game 2 – (3) San Jose at (2) Edmonton||NBCSN||Brendan Burke,Mike Johnson|
|SATURDAY, APRIL 15|
|3 p.m.||Game 2 – (3) Boston at (2) Ottawa||NBC||Kenny Albert,
|7 p.m.||Game 2 – (WC2) Toronto at (1) Washington||NBCSN||Dave Strader,
|8 p.m.||Game 2 – (WC2) Nashville at (1) Chicago||NBC||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie
Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
|10:30 p.m.||Game 2 – (WC1) Calgary at (1) Anaheim||NBCSN||Rick Ball, John Garrett|
|SUNDAY, APRIL 16|
|3 p.m.||Game 3 – (2) Minnesota at (3) St. Louis||NBC||John Forslund,
|6 p.m.||Game 3 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) Columbus||CNBC||Chris Cuthbert,
|7 p.m.||Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (WC1) N.Y. Rangers||NBCSN||Gord Miller,
|10 p.m.||Game 3 – (2) Edmonton at (3) San Jose||NBCSN||Brendan Burke,
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and Connected TVs – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC, all via “TV Everywhere.”
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NBCSN, CNBC, USA NETWORK, NBCSPORTS.COM, AND THE NBC SPORTS APP TO PROVIDE SIDE-BY-SIDE COVERAGE OF FIRST-ROUND GAMES IN LOCAL MARKETS FOR FIRST TIME
For the first time since NBC Sports Group acquired NHL rights prior to the 2005-06 season, coverage of Stanley Cup Playoff first-round games on NBCUniversal cable networks (NBCSN, CNBC, USA Network) as well as NHL Network, will air side-by-side in local markets alongside regional sports network game telecasts. In addition, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will provide streaming coverage of every first-round game. Prior to this season, NBC Sports’ national first-round cable telecasts were blacked out in all local U.S. markets. (Local television and streaming blackouts will still apply in Boston and Pittsburgh in the first round).
TONIGHT – APRIL 14
NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, with analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Paul Burmiester, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will anchor USA Network’s studio coverage.
Game coverage starts on USA Network at 7 p.m. ET, when the Canadiens look to even their series with the Rangers. New York won Game 1 by a score of 2-0 led by a shutout performance in net by Henrik Lundqvist.
NHL Network presents Game 2 of the first-round series between the Penguins and Blue Jackets at 7 p.m. ET. Pittsburgh took Game 1 by a score of 3-1 on Wednesday, as Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves for the Penguins after Matt Murray was injured in warmups.
NBCSN’s doubleheader begins at 8 p.m. ET, as the Wild look to draw even in Game 2, after Jake Allen’s 51-save performance in St. Louis’ Game 1 overtime win. Edmonton hosts San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET with the Sharks holding a 1-0 series advantage following a 3-2 overtime win on Wednesday.
SATURDAY, APRIL 15
NBC opens its 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff coverage on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, as the Senators host the Bruins in Game 2 of their series. Boston took Game 1 by a score of 2-1 on Wednesday, as Brad Marchand netted the game-winner late in the third period.
Coverage shifts to NBCSN at 7 p.m. ET when the Maple Leafs face the Capitals, following Washington’s 3-2 overtime victory in Game 1. Justin Williams scored twice for the Caps, and Tom Wilson scored his first career playoff goal in overtime.
NBC’s Saturday night primetime matchup features Patrick Kane and the Blackhawks as they try and draw even with P.K. Subban and the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of their series. Nashville defeated Chicago 1-0 on Thursday night in Game 1, as Pekka Rinne made 29 saves to give the Predators the road victory. NBCSN caps the night with Game 2 of Flames-Ducks at 10:30 p.m. ET. Anaheim captain Ryan Getzlaf scored and added an assist in the team’s 3-2 win in Game 1 on Thursday.
SUNDAY, APRIL 16
Sunday’s coverage begins on NBC with Game 3 of Wild-Blues in St. Louis at 3 p.m. ET, followed by Game 3 of the Penguins-Blue Jackets series in Columbus on CNBC at 6 p.m. ET. NBCSN’s Sunday night Game 3 doubleheader features the Canadiens and Rangers at Madison Square Garden at 7 p.m. ET, and shifts west to San Jose for the Oilers and Ducks at 10 p.m. ET.
“WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PIERRE MCGUIRE?” EMMY-AWARD WINNING ‘INSIDE-THE-GLASS’ ANALYST BEGINS MARATHON SCHEDULE
NBC Sports Group’s Emmy-Award winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire began his marathon first-round broadcast schedule on Wednesday in Pittsburgh with Game 1 of the Blue Jackets-Penguins series. McGuire is slated to serve as an analyst for eight games in eight days to begin the postseason, with more games likely added to that run as series continue. His schedule will be comprised of six different cities and four different series. *Note – schedule is subject to change
|Wed., April 12||Game 1 – (3) Columbus at (2) Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh > Chicago|
|Thurs., April 13||Game 1 – (WC2) Nashville at (1) Chicago||Chicago > St. Paul|
|Fri., April 14||Game 2 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Minnesota||St. Paul > Chicago|
|Sat., April 15||Game 2 – (WC2) Nashville at (1) Chicago||Chicago > St. Louis|
|Sun., April 16||Game 3 – (2) Minnesota at (3) St. Louis||St. Louis > Boston|
|Mon., April 17||Game 3 – (2) Ottawa at (3) Boston||Boston > Columbus|
|Tues., April 18||Game 4 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) Columbus||Columbus > St. Louis|
|Wed., April 19||Game 4 – (2) Minnesota at (3) St. Louis||TBA|
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 50 million U.S. households. NBC Sports Regional Networks serve the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals, with first-round game coverage, pre- and post-game shows, and extensive on-line coverage via CSN’s team of NHL Insiders.
For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.