NHL on NBC Announcing Assignments for 04/26 & 04/27/2014

Let’s list the NHL on NBC announcements for the weekend.

NBC airs the potential series clinching Game 5 between Detroit and Boston today. And it will have a doubleheader tomorrow.

Here’s what NBC is saying about its assignments this weekend.

NHL on NBC ANNOUNCING ASSIGNMENTS FOR SATURDAY, APRIL 26 & SUNDAY, APRIL 27 (All times ET)

SATURDAY, APRIL 26
3 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Detroit at (1) Boston NBC Dave Strader, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Russ Thaler, Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick
7 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Columbus at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Ken Daniels, Joe Micheletti
9:30 p.m. Game 5 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Colorado NBCSN John Forslund, Tripp Tracy
10 p.m. Game 5 – (3) Los Angeles at (2) San Jose CNBC (CSN California simulcast)
Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs, Anson Carter
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Noon Game 5 – (3) Philadelphia at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBC Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) NBC Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
3 p.m. Game 6 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter
8 p.m. Game 6 – (1) Anaheim at (4) Dallas NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti

SATURDAY, APRIL 26

NBC, NBCSN and CNBC will combine to present four Game 5s on Saturday, starting at 3 p.m. ET on NBC with Game 5 between the (1) Boston Bruins and (4) Detroit Red Wings, as Boston looks to advance to the second round with a win. In Game 4, Jerome Iginla’s deflection at 13:32 of overtime beat Red Wings goaltender Jonas Gustavsson to give Boston a 3-2 win, and a 3-1 series lead. Strader, McGuire and Eddie Olczyk will have the call from TD Garden in Boston, Mass.

NBCSN’s coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET with a Game 5 matchup between the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins and (4) Columbus Blue Jackets, as Columbus looks to carry momentum from a thrilling win in Game 4. Brandon Dubinsky scored with 24 seconds left in regulation to tie the game 3-3, and Nick Foligno scored 2:49 into overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 4-3 win and tie the series at two games apiece. No lead has been safe in this series; in each game, the team that has held a 3-1 lead has gone on to lose the game by a score of 4-3. Daniels (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti (analyst) will provide live commentary from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The action continues on NBCSN at 9:30 p.m. ET with the (1) Colorado Avalanche and (4) Minnesota Wild in Game 5 of their series, following the Wild’s two victories in Minnesota to even the series at two. Minnesota has stymied Colorado over the last two games, limiting the Avalanche to just one goal and 34 shots over two games at Xcel Energy Center. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Tripp Tracy (analyst) will have the call from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

CNBC’s coverage starts at 10 p.m. ET with Game 5 between the (2) Los Angeles Kings and (3) San Jose Sharks, as the Sharks look to close out the series and advance to the second round. Marian Gaborik and Justin Williams each scored twice on Thursday night, as the Kings defeated the Sharks 6-3 in Game 4 in Los Angeles to extend the series. Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27

Sunday’s Stanley Cup Playoff action features a doubleheader on NBC, starting at Noon ET with Game 5 between the Rangers and Flyers. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Engblom (analyst) will call the action from Madison Square Garden in New York.

NBC’s coverage continues at 3 p.m. ET with Game 6 between the Blues and Blackhawks. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick will call the action alongside Olczyk and McGuire from United Center in Chicago, Ill.

NBCSN will present Game 6 between the Ducks and Stars at 8 p.m. ET, as the series shifts back to Dallas. Gord Miller (play-by-play) and Micheletti (analyst) will provide live commentary from the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.

In the event that a game runs late and beyond puck drop of the following game on NBC, NBCSN or CNBC, the start of the later game will air on NHL Network, and will remain on NHL Network until the early game has concluded. The late game will then return to its original network 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.

VIEWERSHIP & CONSUMPTION

COVERAGE ON NBC/NBCSN/CNBC UP 51 % VS. 2013

Through the first eight days of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC/NBCSN/CNBC, games averaged 716,000 viewers, up 51% from the same point in the playoffs last year (475,000 viewers). The Stanley Cup Playoffs across NBC/NBCSN/CNBC have reached a total audience of 19.776 million viewers through eight days, up 22% from the same point in the playoffs last year (16.209 million).

BRUINS-RED WINGS GAME 4 DELIVERS STRONG STREAMING VIEWERSHIP

Thursday night’s Game 4 matchup between the Bruins and Red Wings, in which the Bruins defeated the Red Wings by a score of 3-2 in overtime, was the second-best authentication-required first-round game in all key metrics of first-round games ever. This surpassed the mark set by Game 4 between the Blues and Blackhawks one day earlier, which ranked second at the time.

The game delivered 149,000 live starts, 2.64 million minutes watched, 57,000 visits, and 50,000 uniques.

That’s it.

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