As we await the last Conference Semifinal series to end, the National Hockey League has given us the schedule for both the Eastern and Western Conference Finals. Under this scenario, Versus would get a 12 of a potential 14 games as NBC is committed to airing the PGA Tour’s The Players Championship this weekend as the Conference Finals begin Saturday. Next weekend, NBC is slated to get both Games Four of each series so you can tell that both have been spread out to satisfy Comcast.
So let’s take a look at the press release from the NHL and I’ll also include announcers for you.
NEW YORK (May 10, 2011) – The National Hockey League announced the dates, starting times, and broadcast information for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals, which begin with the Eastern Conference Final on Saturday, May 14, when the Boston Bruins host the Tampa Bay Lightning at 8 p.m. ET. The Western Conference Final will match the Vancouver Canucks against the winner of the Detroit Red Wings-San Jose Sharks Conference Semifinal series, which San Jose leads 3-2. Game 1 of the Western Conference Final will be Sunday, May 15, at 8 p.m. ET.
National rightsholders NBC and VERSUS in the United States and CBC, TSN and RDS in Canada will provide exclusive national television coverage of the Conference Finals. Every playoff game also can be heard on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.
2011 EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE
#3 Boston vs. #5 Tampa Bay
Game 1: Saturday, May 14, 2011, 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Game 2: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Game 3: Thursday, May 19, 2011, 8 p.m. , Boston at Tampa Bay – VERSUS, TSN, RDS
Game 4: Saturday, May 21, 2011, 1:30 p.m., Boston at Tampa Bay – NBC, TSN, RDS
*Game 5: Monday, May 23, 2011 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 6: Wed., May 25, 2011, 8 p.m., Boston at Tampa Bay – VERSUS, CBC, RDS
*Game 7: Friday, May 27, 2011, 8 p.m., Tampa Bay at Boston – VERSUS, CBC, RDS
Versus/NBC: Mike Emrick/Ed Olcyzk/Pierre McGuire (Games 1, 5-7)/Joe Micheletti (Games 2-4)
CBC (Games 1, 5-7): Bob Cole/Gary Galley/Mike Milbury/Scott Oake
TSN (Games 2-4): Gord Miller/Pierre McGuire
2011 WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL SCHEDULE
#1 Vancouver vs. # 2 San Jose
Game 1: Sunday, May 15, 2011, 8 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 2: Wednesday, May 18, 2011, 9 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 3: Friday, May 20, 2011, 9 p.m., Vancouver at San Jose – CBC, RDS, VERSUS
Game 4: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 3 p.m., Vancouver at San Jose – CBC, RDS, NBC
*Game 5: Tuesday, May 24, 2011, 9 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 6: Thursday, May 26, 2011, 9 p.m., Vancouver at San Jose – CBC, RDS, VERSUS
*Game 7: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 8 p.m., San Jose at Vancouver – CBC, RDS, VERSUS
CBC: Jim Hughson/Craig Simpson/Glenn Healey/Elliotte Friedman
Versus/NBC: Dave Strader/Brian Engblom/Darren Pang
* If necessary ALL TIMES LISTED ARE EASTERN TIME