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Wednesday, April 16th, 2014

DAY 1 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS”

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.

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“NHL Playoff Pass” on NBC Sports Group Press Box provides a quick daily overview of NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, plus information and highlights. The Pass will be published weekdays to preview that evening’s games. On Fridays, a weekend edition will be posted.

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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.

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

THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16 (All times ET)

 

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 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

 

TONIGHT – APRIL 16

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.

COMMENTATOR SCHEDULE

Following are NBC Sports Group’s telecast schedule and commentating assignments for the first round of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs through Sunday’s games:

THURSDAY, APRIL 17

Time Coverage Network Commentators
7 p.m. Game 1 – (3) Philadelphia at (2) N.Y. Rangers CNBC Ken Daniels, Pierre McGuire
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 Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda

FRIDAY, APRIL 18

7 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Montreal at (2) Tampa Bay CNBC Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson,
Glenn Healy, David Amber
7:30 p.m. Game 1 – (4) Detroit at (1) Boston NBCSN Doc Emrick, Pierre McGuire
10 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Dallas at (1) Anaheim NBCSN John Walton, Butch Goring

SATURDAY, APRIL 19

3 p.m. Game 2 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis NBC Dave Strader, Brian Engblom,
Eddie Olczyk
7 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Columbus at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire
9:30 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Colorado NBCSN John Forslund, Tripp Tracy

SUNDAY, APRIL 20

Noon Game 2 – (3) Philadelphia at (2) N.Y. Rangers NBC Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti
3 p.m. Game 2 – (4) Detroit at (1) Boston NBC Doc Emrick, Pierre McGuire,
Eddie Olczyk
7 p.m. Game 3 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Montreal NBCSN Jim Hughson, Craig Simpson, Glenn Healy, David Amber
10 p.m. Game 2 – (3)  Los Angeles at (2) San Jose NBCSN Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda

 

NHL REGULAR SEASON SETS VIEWERSHIP RECORDS ACROSS NBC & NBCSN

On the strength of the inaugural NHL Stadium Series, the return of the NHL Winter Classic, and the second season of Wednesday Night Rivalry, the 2013-14 NHL regular season set a full-season viewership record for NBCSN, and is expected to do the same for NBC when final figures become available later this week, according to The Nielsen Company.

NBCSN recorded its most-watched full regular season ever, averaging 351,000 viewers over 88 telecasts, up six percent compared to the last full regular season in 2011-12 (332,000). NBC is also on pace for its most-watched regular season since it began broadcasting the NHL with the 2005-06 season. While national data is not yet available for NBC’s final broadcast this past Sunday, the network averaged 1.73 million viewers through its first 12 games, which tops the previous best of 1.65 million viewers for the 2010-11 season and is up 22% vs. last year’s lockout-shortened season (1.42 million).

Click here for more information on NBC Sports Group’s 2013-14 NHL regular-season ratings.

 

NBC SPORTS GROUP 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONFERENCE CALL TRANSCRIPT

NBC Sports Group held a media conference call previewing the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Monday, April 14, featuring Mike “Doc” Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire and executive producer Sam Flood.

Click here for the full transcript of Monday’s conference call.

 

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets — will stream all Stanley Cup Playoff games that air on NBC, NBCSN and CNBC, including the comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Final. The vast majority of games will be live streamed via “TV Everywhere,” the media industry’s effort to make quality content available to authenticated customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.

For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra. The NBC Sports Live Extra app for mobile devices and tablets is available at the App Store for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, and on select Android handset and tablet devices within Google Play.

Games airing on:

  • NBC will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra;
  • NBCSN will live stream to PCs, mobile devices and tablets through NBC Sports Live Extra, and to the digital platforms of participating cable, satellite, and telco services, via “TV Everywhere,” which is available on an authenticated basis to subscribers of participating MVPDs;
  • CNBC will live stream exclusively through NBC Sports Live Extra via “TV Everywhere.”

For more information about NBC Sports Group shows and properties, including press releases, photos, talent and executive bios and headshots, please visit NBCSportsGroupPressBox.com.

– NBC Sports Group –

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