NHL on NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Semifinal Announcing Assignments

With the 2nd Round of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs starting today, NBC Sports Group has unveiled its announcers for the four matchups that will result in the Final Four for the Conference Finals.

Once again, Kenny Albert and Pierre McGuire will be workhorses as they’ll both work two series. Albert will be calling the New York Rangers on MSG Radio and also call the other Eastern Conference Semifinal as Tampa Bay takes on Montreal.

McGuire will work the Chicago-Minnesota series with Doc Emrick and Ed Olczyk as well as the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series with John Forslund.

Olczyk will miss the two games of the Blackhawks-Wild series as he’ll work the Kentucky Derby as a handicapper for NBC this Saturday.

So here are the announcing assignments for each series:

Eastern Conference Semifinals
Montreal vs. Tampa Bay — Kenny Albert/Joe Micheletti
New York Rangers vs. Washington — John Forslund/Pierre McGuire

Western Conference Semifinals
Anaheim vs. Calgary — Dave Strader/Brian Engblom
Chicago vs. Minnesota — Mike Emrick/Eddie Olczyk/Pierre McGuire

Here is the schedule for the Conference Semifinals through next Friday, May 8:

NHL on NBC logoSECOND ROUND  SCHEDULE AND COMMENTATORS ANNOUNCED THROUGH GAME 4; GAME 1 DOUBLEHEADER ON NBCSN TONIGHT

NBC Sports Group begins its exclusive coverage of the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs with the start of the second round tonight on NBCSN with a Game 1 doubleheader. Henrik Lundqvist and the (1) New York Rangers host Alex Ovechkin and the (2) Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by Game 1 between Johnny Gaudreau and the (3) Calgary Flames and Ryan Getzlaf and the (1) Anaheim Ducks at 10 p.m. ET.

Following is NBC Sports Group’s telecast and game commentator schedule through Friday, May 8:

THURSDAY, APRIL 30

Time (ET) Coverage Network Commentators
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (2) Washington at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Calgary at (1) Anaheim NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom

FRIDAY, MAY 1

7 p.m. Game 1 – Tampa Bay at (1) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (3) Chicago NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick,  Pierre McGuire

SATURDAY, MAY 2

12:30 p.m. Game 2 – (2) Washington at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Pierre McGuire

SUNDAY, MAY 3

6 p.m. Game 2 – Tampa Bay at (1) Montreal NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti
8:30 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (3) Chicago NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
9 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Calgary at (1) Anaheim CNBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom

MONDAY, MAY 4

7:30 p.m. Game 3 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Washington NBCSN John Forslund, Pierre McGuire

TUESDAY, MAY 5

8 p.m. Game 3 – (3) Chicago at (4) Minnesota NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire, Eddie Olczyk

WEDNESDAY, MAY 6

7 p.m. Game 3* – (1) Montreal at Tampa Bay USA Network Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti
7:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Washington NBCSN John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Calgary USA Network Dave Strader, Brian Engblom

THURSDAY, MAY 7

7 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Montreal at Tampa Bay NBCSN Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (3) Chicago at (4) Minnesota NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire, Eddie Olczyk

FRIDAY, MAY 8

7 p.m. Game 5** – (2) Washington at (1) N.Y. Rangers NBCSN John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (1) Anaheim at (3) Calgary NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom

*If matchup is Tampa Bay-Montreal, Game 3 will be played on Wednesday, May 6 at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network. If matchup is Detroit-Montreal, Game 3 will be played on Tuesday, May 5 at 7 p.m. ET on USA Network

**if necessary

And that is all.

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