We have the latest press release from The Group regarding the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. So far, the playoffs on NBC platforms have gone swimmingly well. Like the NCAA Tournament on CBS/Turner, we can switch to games on NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network. My only pet peeve is that NBC should keep us more updated on the scores of the other games. They don’t have to have a constant scoreboard bug like CBS/Turner, but perhaps a five or ten minute ticker like the network used to do with the NFL in the 1980′s. That’s a way to keep fans interested and informed.
This weekend, NBC gets into the act after the cable side has had a head start. NBC will have one game on Saturday with Game 2 of the Washington-Boston series and then a doubleheader on Sunday.
NBC Sports Network will have doubleheaders on Saturday and Sunday nights.
Here’s The Group’s press release.
POST-SEASON WEEKEND COVERAGE BEGINS TONIGHT:
New Jersey @ Florida, 7 p.m. ET – NHL Network
Philadelphia @ Pittsburgh, 7:30 p.m. ET – NBC Sports Network
Detroit @ Nashville, 7:30 p.m. ET – CNBC
Los Angeles @ Vancouver, 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 13, 2012 – Days 3-5 – The NBC Sports Group continues to present the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight with four Conference Quarterfinal games across NBC Sports Network (doubleheader), CNBC, and NHL Network. Over the weekend, the networks will air a combined total of 12 games.
At 7 p.m. ET on NHL Network, the #3 Florida Panthers host the #6 New Jersey Devils in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference series. Then at 7:30 p.m. ET, the #4 Pittsburgh Penguins host #5 Philadelphia Flyers for Game 2 of their action-packed Eastern Conference rivalry on NBC Sports Network (Flyers lead 1-0), while the #4 Nashville Predators host the #5 Detroit Red Wings on CNBC at the same time in a Western Conference matchup (Predators lead 1-0). The final game of the night is at 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network also in the West between the #1 Vancouver Canucks and the #8 Los Angeles Kings in Game 2 (Kings lead 1-0). Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBC Sports Network. Tonight’s schedule (all times ET):
7 p.m. #6 New Jersey Devils @ #3 Florida Panthers (Game 1) NHL Network 7:30 p.m. #5 Philadelphia Flyers @ #4 Pittsburgh Penguins (Game 2) NBCSN 7:30 p.m. #5 Detroit Red Wings @ #4 Nashville Predators (Game 2) CNBC 10 p.m. #8 Los Angeles Kings @ #1 Vancouver Canucks (Game 2) NBCSN
Coverage on NBC begins tomorrow when the Eastern Conference’s #2 Boston Bruins host the #7 Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the series (Boston leads 1-0) at 3 p.m. ET. Later that night the #1 New York Rangers host the #8 Ottawa Senators on NBC Sports Network (Rangers lead 1-0) at 7 p.m. ET followed by #7 San Jose Sharks at #2 St. Louis Blues on CNBC (Sharks lead 1-0) at 7:30 p.m. ET. The night concludes on NBC Sports Network with Game 2 of #6 Chicago Blackhawks at #3 Phoenix Coyotes at 10 p.m. ET (Coyotes lead 1-0). Coverage begins on cable at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live on NBC Sports Network. Saturday’s schedule (all times ET):
3 p.m. #7 Washington Capitals @ #2 Boston Bruins (Game 2) NBC 7 p.m. #8 Ottawa Senators @ #1 New York Rangers (Game 2) NBCSN 7:30 p.m. #7 San Jose Sharks @ #2 St. Louis Blues (Game 2) CNBC 10 p.m. #6 Chicago Blackhawks @ #3 Phoenix Coyotes (Game 2) NBCSN
NBC will feature one Game 3 in both the Eastern and Western Conferences with a double-header on Sunday. First, at Noon ET, #5 Detroit hosts #4 Nashville, immediately followed by #4 Pittsburgh hosting #5 Philadelphia. Later that night, coverage continues with two games on NBC Sports Network when #3 Florida hosts #6 New Jersey at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by #1 Vancouver at #8 Los Angeles at 10 p.m. ET. NHL Live will begin NBC Sports Network’s coverage at 6:30 p.m. ET. Sunday’s schedule (all times ET):
Noon #4 Nashville Predators @ #5 Detroit Red Wings (Game 3) NBC 3 p.m. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #5 Philadelphia Flyers (Game 3) NBC 7:30 p.m. #6 New Jersey Devils @ #3 Florida Panthers (Game 2) NBCSN 10:30 p.m. #1 Vancouver Canucks @ #8 Los Angeles Kings (Game 3) NBCSN
In addition, four Comcast SportsNets – California (San Jose Sharks), Chicago (Blackhawks), Mid-Atlantic (Capitals) and Philadelphia (Flyers) — will air live first-round coverage in their local markets. Those networks will also surround their live games with additional Stanley Cup-related coverage. Tonight’s CSN schedule (all times ET):
Fri., 7:30 p.m. #4 Pittsburgh Penguins @ #5 Philadelphia Flyers (Game 3) CSN Philadelphia Sat., 7:30 p.m. #7 San Jose Sharks @ #2 St. Louis Blues (Game 2) CSN California Sat., 10 p.m. #6 Chicago Blackhawks @ #3 Phoenix Coyotes (Game 2) CSN Chicago
Comcast SportsNet New England will air special pre- and post-game coverage for all Bruins games throughout the playoffs, as well as in-depth coverage and analysis of the team’s playoff run throughout all CSNNE programming and online at CSNNE.com.
With every 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game 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: http://nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/46907840/ns/sports-nhl/
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 Four CNBC Two NHL Network One NBC none
There you have it.