NHL on NBC Announcing Assignments for 05/05/2014 and Beyond

Ok, the NHL on NBC announcing assignments are out for today and through Thursday this week. Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire will be working the Boston-Montreal series. Mike Emrick, Ed Olczyk and McGuire will call the New York Rangers-Pittsburgh series.

Dave Strader and Brian Engblom are on Chicago-Minnesota while John Forslund and Brian Hayward are on Los Angeles-Anaheim.

All but one of this week’s games will be aired on NBCSN. CNBC comes in tomorrow for the Chicago-Minnesota game at 9 p.m. ET.

Let’s take a look at the schedule below.

DAY 20 – NBCSN PRESENTS STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF DOUBLEHEADER TONIGHT, STARTING WITH RANGERS-PENGUINS GAME 3 AT 7:30 P.M. ET

Game 3 – Rangers-Penguins Tonight at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 1-1
Game 2 – Kings-Ducks Tonight at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Kings Lead 1-0
All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – May 5, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with a Game 1 doubleheader on NBCSN, starting with Game 3 between the (2) New York Rangers and the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET. Coverage begins tonight with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, alongside analysts and former NHL players and Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick.

NBCSN’s Stanley Cup Playoff doubleheader continues at 10 p.m. ET with Game 2 of the Freeway Series between the (3) Los Angeles Kings and (1) Anaheim Ducks, as the Kings look to build off their overtime victory in Game 1 on Saturday night.

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NHL ON NBC ANNOUNCING ASSIGNMENTS FOR MONDAY, MAY 5 (All times ET)

MONDAY, MAY 5
Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter
7:30 p.m. Game 3 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Hayward

TODAY – MAY 5

The Rangers and Penguins travel to New York for Game 3 tonight, following a split of the first two games in Pittsburgh this past weekend. Derick Brassard scored 3:06 into overtime to give the Rangers a Game 1 victory on Friday, but the Penguins responded last night, as Marc-Andre Fleury stopped all 22 shots he faced en-route to a 3-0 shutout win to even the series. Kenny Albert (play-by-play) and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will call the action from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 10 p.m. ET, when the Ducks look to even their Freeway Series against the rival Kings at one game apiece. 43-year-old Anaheim captain Teemu Selanne appeared to have given the Ducks a Game 1 win with his 43rd career playoff goal midway through the third period, but Kings forward Marian Gaborik stunned the Anaheim crowd by scoring the game-tying goal with seven second left in regulation, and netting the game-winner 12:07 into overtime to steal a 3-2 win for the Kings. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Brian Hayward (analyst) will have the call from Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

LOCAL RATINGS & CONSUMPTION

Although final ratings for this weekend’s games are not yet available, local figures and digital consumption are in. Below are some highlights:

For Friday night’s Game 1 between the Wild and Blackhawks, Minneapolis delivered an 11.1 HH rating, it’s best-ever on NBCSN. Chicago delivered a 13.5 HH rating, its second-best second-round rating ever for a game on NBCSN, trailing only last year’s Game 7 vs. Detroit (17.2). NBCSN was the No. 1 network overall in both markets during the game.

On Sunday for Game 2, both markets scored record ratings for games airing on NBC. Minneapolis delivered a 12.8 HH rating, the highest-rated Wild game ever on NBC in the market. Chicago produced the highest-rated Blackhawks second-round game ever on NBC in the market. NBC was the No. 1 network overall in both markets during the game.

Yesterday’s game also delivered the best unauthenticated second-round playoff game ever in all key metrics, including unique viewers (56,000) and minutes consumed (2.62 million). However, Friday night’s authentication-required live stream delivered more viewers (59,000) and minutes (2.78 million).

For last night’s Rangers-Penguins Game 2 on NBCSN, New York delivered a 4.4 HH rating, it’s second-highest rated Rangers second-round game ever on NBCSN in the market, trailing only the 2012 Game 7 vs. Washington (4.8). Pittsburgh scored a 20.5 HH rating locally. During the game, NBCSN was the No. 1 network overall in Pittsburgh and No. 2 in New York.

NHL ANNOUNCES STARTING TIMES FOR NBCSN DOUBLEHEADER ON FRIDAY

The NHL today announced updated start time information for games scheduled for Friday, May 9. Friday’s doubleheader on NBCSN starts with Game 5 of Rangers-Penguins at 7 p.m. ET, followed by Game 4 between the Blackhawks and Wild at 9:30 p.m. ET. Commentating assignments for those games have not yet been announced.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff telecast schedule through Friday, May 9. All times are eastern, and times, networks, and commentating assignments are subject to change.

MONDAY, MAY 5
Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Jeremy Roenick, Anson Carter
7:30 p.m. Game 3 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Los Angeles at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Forslund, Brian Hayward
TUESDAY, MAY 6
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Boston at (3) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk
9 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota CNBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
THURSDAY, MAY 8
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Boston at (4) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Los Angeles NBCSN John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
FRIDAY, MAY 9
7 p.m. Game 5 – (2) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN TBD
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Chicago at (4) Minnesota NBCSN TBD

GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR

For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.

Network Games
NBC 8
NBCSN 33
CNBC 12
NHL-N 2
Total 55

One-goal Games: 28
OT games: 17

There you have it.

Ken Fang

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Ken has been covering the sports media in earnest at his own site, Fang's Bites since May 2007 and at Awful Announcing since March 2013. He provides a unique perspective having been an award-winning radio news reporter in Providence and having worked in local television. Fang celebrates the three Boston Red Sox World Championships in the 21st Century, but continues to be a long-suffering Cleveland Browns fan.

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