NHL on NBC Playoffs Announcing and Network Assignments for 04/17-19/2015

So we have the announcing and network assignments for what will eight Games 2 and four Games 3 for what will be a busy weekend for the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. On Friday, CNBC and NBCSN will air doubleheaders. Saturday and Sunday, NBC will air doubleheaders while technically NBCSN will as well involving three games. I’ll explain later.

Then on Sunday, NBC and NBCSN will have Game 3 doubleheaders.

Now back to Saturday, NBC will regionalize two games in the 3 p.m. window, Detroit at Tampa Bay and Minnesota at St. Louis. Now whichever game you get on NBC in your market, the other game will be on NBCSN so if Red Wings-Lightning is on NBC, Wild-Blues would be on NBCSN and vice versa.

In addition, NBC will air the Pittsburgh-New York Rangers game in primetime on Saturday after 8 p.m. ET. Preceding the game will be the NHL Draft Lottery, the first time the event will aired on broadcast television in the United States.

The late night game Friday through Sunday will be a simulcast with either Canada’s CBC or Sportsnet. You’ll note the announcers when you see them below.

FRIDAY, APRIL 17
7 p.m. Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Islanders at (2) Washington NBCSN Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
7 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Ottawa at (1) Montreal CNBC Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
9:30 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) Nashville NBCSN Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (2) Vancouver CNBC Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake
SATURDAY, APRIL 18
3 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay* NBC/NBCSN John Forslund, Andy Brickley
3 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) St. Louis* NBC/NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
8 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Pittsburgh at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire
10:30 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Winnipeg at (1) Anaheim NBCSN Dave Randorf, Garry Galley,
Cassie Campbell-Pascall
SUNDAY, APRIL 19
Noon Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) N.Y. Islanders NBC Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk,
Pierre McGuire
3 p.m. Game 3 – (2) Nashville at (3) Chicago NBC Kenny Albert, Brian Engblom,
Joe Micheletti
7 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Montreal at (4) Ottawa NBCSN Chris Cuthbert, Bret Hedican
10 p.m. Game 2 – (2) Vancouver at (3) Calgary NBCSN Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Scott Oake

*Regionalized coverage. On Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, select markets will receive Red Wings-Lightning on NBC and Wild-Blues on NBCSN. Remaining markets will receive Wild-Blues on NBC and Red Wings-Lightning on NBCSN.

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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