NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Group — Day 1

I’ll do my best to post these daily as they come in. The Stanley Cup Playoffs begin tonight starting one of the best postseasons in sports. CNBC and NBCSN will be involved with three games tonight.

It begins with Montreal at Tampa Bay on CNBC at 7 p.m. ET. This will be a CBC simulcast as Jim Hughson and Craig Simpson call the game from high above the ice. Glenn Healy will be in between the benches and David Amber has in-between period interviews.

NBCSN produces its own broadcast for Game 1 of the Columbus-Pittsburgh series. Mike “Doc” Emrick and Pierre McGuire call the game at 7:30 p.m. In the next post on the NHL on NBC’s playoff assignments, you’ll notice that McGuire is assigned to a game every night through Sunday which may or may not be a good thing depending on your point of view.

The late game will be Dallas at Anaheim with the hybrid announce team of John Walton, the radio voice of the Washington Capitals and Butch Goring, analyst of the New York Islanders. That game is scheduled to begin at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN. If Blue Jackets-Penguins is running late, Stars-Ducks will begin on NHL Network until the conclusion of the early game.

Here’s what’s in store on NBC Sports Group tonight.


Game 1 – (3) Canadiens-(2) Lightning at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC
Game 1 – (4) Blue Jackets-(1) Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 1 – (4) Stars-(1) Ducks at 10 p.m. ET on NBCSN
All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 16, 2014 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight with a triple-header across NBCSN and CNBC, starting with NHL Live at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC when the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning host the (3) Montreal Canadiens. NBCSN’s game coverage begins with the (4) Columbus Blue Jackets visiting the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET, followed by the (4) Dallas Stars and (1) Anaheim Ducks at 10 p.m. ET


All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC (in primetime), and NHL Network. In addition, all Stanley Cup Playoff games airing on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets.

For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.


Time Coverage Network Commentators
6:30 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones
7 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Montreal at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC (CBC Simulcast)
Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson,
Glenn Healy, David Amber
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick,
Anson Carter
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Columbus at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Dallas at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Walton, Butch Goring


NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will host CNBC’s studio coverage.

Playoff coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET tonight on CNBC with Steven Stamkos and the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the (3) Montreal Canadiens in Game 1 of their first-round series. Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy and David Amber will have the call from the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa, Fla.

First-round coverage on NBCSN begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, when the (4) Columbus Blue Jackets visit Sidney Crosby and the (1) Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1. Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call from CONSOL Energy Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.

The first-round action continues on NBCSN at 10 p.m. ET, as Ryan Getzlaf and the (1) Anaheim Ducks host Tyler Seguin and the (4) Dallas Stars at 10 p.m. ET. John Walton (play-by-play) and Butch Goring (analyst) will call the action from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

If tonight’s Blue Jackets-Penguins game on NBCSN runs past 10 p.m. ET into the start of Stars-Ducks, puck drop of Stars-Ducks will be shown live on NHL Network until Blue Jackets-Penguins has concluded. Stars-Ducks will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Blue Jackets-Penguins.

Coming up, the NHL on NBC Stanley Cup Playoffs announcing assignments from Thursday through Sunday.

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