NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC Sports Group — Day 2

Tonight, four games in the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, all Games 1 and three of them in the Western Conference. As with last night when NBC relied on a simulcast, it will do so again for one game. Both CNBC and NBCSN will have doubleheaders.

CNBC starts it all with the New York Rangers at Philadelphia in the Eastern Conference. Ken Daniels of Fox Sports Detroit calls the game along with Pierre McGuire at 7 p.m. ET.

That’s followed by Game 1 in the Western Conference between Minnesota and Colorado. The Fox Sports Carolinas team of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy will call the game beginning at 9:45 p.m. ET. If the Rangers-Flyers game runs late, NHL Network will pick up the start of the game until Rangers-Flyers concludes.

NBCSN has two games beginning with the defending Stanley Cup Champions Chicago Blackhawks taking on the St. Louis Blues. Dave Strader and Brian Engblom have the call at 8 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s nightcap involves the Los Angeles Kings taking on San Jose Sharks and that will be a simulcast of Comcast SportsNet California.

Here’s what you can expect tonight.

DAY 2 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS”

Game 1 – (3) Flyers-(2) Rangers at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC
Game 1 – (3) Blackhawks-(2) Blues at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 1 – (4) Wild-(1) Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET on CNBC
Game 1 – (3) Kings-(2) Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
All Games on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC Will Be Streamed Live Via NBC Sports Live Extra

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 17, 2014 – Day 2 of NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with doubleheaders on NBCSN and CNBC, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC with the (3) Philadelphia Flyers and (2) New York Rangers, followed by the (4) Minnesota Wild and (1) Colorado Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET.

NBCSN’s game coverage starts at 8 p.m. ET, when the (2) St. Louis Blues host the rival (3) Chicago Blackhawks. The action continues on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET, as the (3) Los Angeles Kings visit the (2) San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of their best-of-seven series. NHL Live, NBC Sports Group’s live NHL pre-game and post-game studio show, starts at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN, and airs throughout CNBC’s doubleheader coverage.

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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.

THE PASS – THURSDAY, APRIL 17 (All times ET)

Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Philadelphia at (2) N.Y. Rangers CNBC Ken Daniels, Pierre McGuire
7 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury, Keith Jones
NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick,
Anson Carter
8 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis NBCSN Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
9:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Colorado CNBC John Forslund, Tripp Tracy
10:30 p.m Game 1 – (3) Los Angeles at (2) San Jose NBCSN (CSN Cal. simulcast)
Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda

TONIGHT – APRIL 17

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Russ Thaler, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will anchor CNBC’s studio coverage.

Game coverage starts at 7 p.m. ET tonight on CNBC with Claude Giroux and the (3) Philadelphia Flyers visiting Henrik Lundqvist and the (2) New York Rangers in Game 1 of their first-round series. Ken Daniels and Pierre McGuire will have the call from Madison Square Garden in New York.

CNBC’s first-round coverage continues at 9:30 p.m. ET when Nathan MacKinnon and the (1) Colorado Avalanche host the (4) Minnesota Wild. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Tripp Tracy (analyst) will have the call from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo.

Tonight’s doubleheader on NBCSN begins at 8 p.m. ET with a battle of Central Division rivals, when Ryan Miller and the (2) St. Louis Blues host Jonathan Toews and the (3) Chicago Blackhawks. Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom (analyst) will provide live commentary from Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo.

The action continues on NBCSN at 10:30 p.m. ET, when Jonathan Quick and the (3) Los Angeles Kings visit the (2) San Jose Sharks in Game 1 of their first-round series. Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda will call the action from the SAP Center at San Jose in San Jose, Calif.

If tonight’s Flyers-Rangers game on CNBC runs past 9:45 p.m. ET into the start of Wild-Avalanche, puck drop of Wild-Avalanche will be shown live on NHL Network until Flyers-Rangers has concluded. Wild-Avalanche will return to CNBC immediately following the conclusion of Flyers-Rangers.

If tonight’s Blackhawks-Blues game on NBCSN runs past 10:45 p.m. ET into the start of Kings-Sharks, puck drop of Kings-Sharks will be shown live on NHL Network until Blackhawks-Blues has concluded. Kings-Sharks will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Blackhawks-Blues.

REMINDER: Games airing on cable in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs are subject to local blackouts.

That will do it here.

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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