It’s Day 8 of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs and the NBC Sports Group is having a rip roaring time with hockey. This is a literal puckgasm for NHL fans throughout the United States.
Tonight, we have two elimination games, one in Philadelphia and the other in Los Angeles and in both cases, the lower seed has the upper hand. NBC Sports Network will carry both potential elimination games tonight. CNBC has the New York Rangers taking on Ottawa in Scotiabank Place in what has been a very good series between a #1 and #8 seed.
We have the preview from the NBC Sports Group for tonight’s games plus the running tally of how many games the networks of NBC Sports Group have aired to date.
Pittsburgh @ Philadelphia, 7:30 p.m. ET –- NBC Sports Network
NY Rangers @ Ottawa, 7:30 p.m. ET -– CNBC
Vancouver @ Los Angeles, 10 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
Coverage begins nightly with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
NEW YORK – April 18, 2012 – Day 8 – The NBC Sports Group begins its second week of 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs coverage tonight with two potential series clinchers on NBC Sports Network, and a tight series on CNBC. Coverage begins tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBC Sports Network.
Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network, the #5 Philadelphia Flyers, up 3-0 in the series, can eliminate the #4 Pittsburgh Penguins in Philadelphia and move on to the Conference Semi-Finals with a victory. . Also in the East, the #8 Ottawa Senators look to even their series on their home-ice against the #1 New York Rangers (lead series 2-1) at 7:30 p.m. ET on CNBC. Concluding tonight’s action on NBC Sports Network at 10 p.m. ET, the host #8 Los Angeles Kings, leading the series 3-0, hope to finish their series tonight against the #1 Vancouver Canucks. Tonight’s schedule (all times ET):
7:30 p.m. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #5 Philadelphia Flyers (Game 4) NBCSN 7:30 p.m. #1 New York Rangers @ #8 Ottawa Senators (Game 4) CNBC 10 p.m. #1 Vancouver Canucks @ #8 Los Angeles Kings (Game 4) NBCSN
Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia will air live first-round coverage of tonight’s Flyers game as well as additional Stanley Cup-relayed coverage in its local market.
7:30 p.m. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #5 Philadelphia Flyers (Game 4) CSN Philadelphia
With all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games airing nationally for the first time, the NBC Sports Group created a channel finder to help fans find NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC or NHL Network in their area by simply entering a zip code.
Click here for the channel finder.
GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR
For the first time in the 95-year history of the NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. The NBC Sports Group will provide unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, May and June, televising as many as 105 playoff games and possibly more than 262.5 hours of programming. Games will be presented on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, the NHL Network, and NBCUniversal’s business channel CNBC in primetime.
NBC Sports Network Thirteen CNBC Six NBC Three NHL Network Three