We have the assignments for the NHL on NBC not just for tonight but through Friday. In addition, NBC has released its broadcast schedule for Saturday as well. As expected, Boston-Detroit will go into NBC’s spot at 3 p.m. ET and other games go to NBCSN in primetime.
Tonight, CNBC and NBCSN will divide three games and all will be original NBC Sports productions. NBCSN has Pittsburgh at Columbus and St. Louis at Chicago. CNBC will carry Anaheim at Dallas.
Dave Briggs gets his first NHL studio assignment of the playoffs as he hosts CNBC’s portion tonight.
Let’s check out the assignments for tonight through Friday plus the schedule for Saturday. It’s all listed below.
NHL on NBC SPORTS GROUP ANNOUNCING ASSIGNMENTS FOR WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 (All times ET)
Time Coverage Network Commentators 6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Andrew Ference 7 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (4) Columbus NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire 8 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Anaheim at (4) Dallas CNBC Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs, Anson Carter, Jeremy Roenick 9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
TONIGHT – APRIL 23
Edmonton Oilers defenseman and Stanley Cup winner Andrew Ference joins Liam McHugh and Mike Milbury as an analyst on NHL Live tonight, beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Ference is a veteran of more than 950 NHL regular-season and Stanley Cup Playoff games, and won the Stanley Cup as a member of the Boston Bruins in 2011.
Dave Briggs, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will handle CNBC’s studio coverage, beginning at 8 p.m. ET.
Game coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN following NHL Live, as the (4) Columbus Blue Jackets host the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4 of their first-round series. The Penguins stunned the Blue Jackets in Game 3, scoring three goals in a span 2:13 in the third period to rally for a 4-3 win and a 2-1 series lead. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio.
CNBC presents Game 4 between the (1) Anaheim Ducks and (4) Dallas Stars at 8 p.m. ET, with the Ducks holding a 2-1 series edge. Stars goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 37 saves in Game 3 to lead the Stars to a 3-0 victory in the first Stanley Cup Playoff game in Dallas in nearly six years on Monday. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will call the action from American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 9:30 p.m. ET as the (3) Chicago Blackhawks look for their second straight win at home over the (2) St. Louis Blues, which would even their series at two games apiece. In Game 3, Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews scored 4:10 into the first period to give Chicago a lead, and goaltender Corey Crawford turned aside all 34 shots he faced as the Blackhawks shut out the Blues by a score of 2-0. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will have the call from United Center in Chicago, Ill.
In the event that the Penguins-Blue Jackets game on NBCSN runs beyond 9:45 p.m. ET, NHL Network will air puck drop of Blues-Blackhawks. Blues-Blackhawks will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Penguins-Blue Jackets, where it will be seen in its entirety.
REMINDER: Games airing on cable in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are subject to local blackouts.
NHL ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR SATURDAY MATCHUPS ON NBCSN AND CNBC
The NHL today announced the schedule for this Saturday’s Game 5 matchups on NBCSN and CNBC, highlighted by a doubleheader on NBCSN, starting with (4) Columbus at (1) Pittsburgh at 7 p.m. ET. Saturday’s coverage begins on NBC at 3 p.m. ET with Game 5 between (4) Detroit and (1) Boston.
Time (ET) Coverage Network 3 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Detroit at (1) Boston NBC 7 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Columbus at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN 9:30 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m. Game 5* – (3) Los Angeles at (2) San Jose CNBC
Following are NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule and commentating assignments for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs through Friday’s games:
THURSDAY, APRIL 24 8 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Boston at (4) Detroit NBCSN Doc Emrick, Pierre McGuire 9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Colorado at (4) Minnesota CNBC John Forslund, Tripp Tracy 10:30 p.m. Game 4 – (2) San Jose at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN (CSN California simulcast) Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda FRIDAY, APRIL 25 7 p.m. Game 4 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (3) Philadelphia CNBC Ken Daniels, Pierre McGuire 8 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom 10:30 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Dallas at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Walton, Butch Goring
There you have it.