Tonight, NBC Sports Network airs its next-to-last NHL game of the 2011-12 season, Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final from Staples Center. The regular NHL on NBC crew will be on the case tonight with Mike “Doc” Emrick, Ed Olczyk and Pierre “Statue” McGuire calling the game. Liam McHugh, Keith Jones and Mike Milbury will be on the pregame, intermission and postgame shows.
Long-time Los Angeles Kings season ticket-holder Al Michaels will be part of the NHL Live pregame show tonight with a piece on the team and its history.
We have the NBC Sports Network press release which also keeps a running tally of the postseason games aired on the NBC Sports Group.
Al Michaels to Appear on Pre-Game Show
Devils @ Kings – NBC Sports Network – Coverage Begins at 7:30 p.m. ET
Kings lead 2012 Stanley Cup Final 2-0
NEW YORK – June 4, 2012 -– Day 55 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final continues tonight between the Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Kings at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif. Coverage begins tonight and every game night on NBC Sports Network at 7:30 p.m. ET with a half-hour pre-game show, NHL Live. NBC Sports Network will also present a half-hour post-game show after every game of the series.
Tonight’s and Wednesday night’s telecasts will be the 51st and 52nd by the NBC Sports Network of 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs. The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs – across NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC and NHL Network — is the most by a single media company of a sport’s post-season in U.S. television history (82 games so far).
Games 1 and 2 both ended in overtime with Kings victories – their record ninth and 10th consecutive wins away from home – further continuing their reign on the road. The Kings are home tonight for the first time in the Final. There is hope for Devils fans despite losing the first two games. The Kings only two losses of the 2012 playoffs occurred at Staples Center, and two of the last three Stanley Cup champions also lost the first two games of their respective series.
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 and NBC Sports Network in their area by simply entering a zip code.
Click here for the channel finder.
2012 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
All 2012 Stanley Cup Final games will air exclusively on NBC or the NBC Sports Network. Following is the remaining schedule (all times ET and subject to change):
Monday, June 4 8 p.m. New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings (Game 3) NBC Sports Network Wednesday, June 6 8 p.m. New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings (Game 4) NBC Sports Network Saturday, June 9 8 p.m. Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey Devils (Game 5) * NBC Monday, June 11 8 p.m. New Jersey Devils @ Los Angeles Kings (Game 6) * NBC Wednesday, June 13 8 p.m. Los Angeles Kings @ New Jersey Devils (Game 7)* NBC
* If Necessary
COMMENTATORS: Emmy-award winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-glass’ analyst) will call the action during each game. The studio team will feature host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, the latest highlights, news, analysis and player interviews, live on-location from either the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. or the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The team will cover intermission reports during games, and pre-game and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network. Additionally, Jeremy Roenick and Darren Pang will conduct on-ice segments and demonstrations as part of the coverage.
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 is providing unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, May and June, televising as many as 87 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 Fifty* NBC Fourteen CNBC Thirteen NHL Network Six Total Eighty Three*
* Includes Devils-Panthers Conference Quarterfinal Game 7 that was joined in progress. The game also aired on NHL Network. There have been 82 games this NHL post-season.
That’s it. One more NHL-centric press release coming up.