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Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

DAY 7 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S “NHL PLAYOFF PASS”

Game 4 – (2) Tampa Bay Lightning at (3) Detroit Red Wings – 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Lightning Lead 2-1

Game 3 – (2) Pittsburgh Penguins at (3) New York Rangers – 7 p.m. ET on USA Network – Series Tied 1-1

Game 4 – (2) St. Louis Blues at (3) Chicago Blackhawks – 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Blues Lead 2-1

Game 3 – (1) Anaheim Ducks at (WC1) Nashville Predators – 9:30 p.m. ET on USA Network – Predators Lead 2-0

Live Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live

Stanley Cup Playoff Coverage on Cable Up 13% vs. 2015

STAMFORD, Conn. – April 19, 2016 – NBC Sports Group will present four NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games tonight, beginning with a doubleheader at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN and USA Network, as the (3) Detroit Red Wings host the (2) Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 4 of their first-round series, and the (2) New York Rangers and (3) Pittsburgh Penguins clash in Game 3 at Madison Square Garden with their series tied 1-1.

Coverage on NBCSN and USA Network continues at 9:30 p.m. ET with a pair of Western Conference showdown. The (3) Chicago Blackhawks will host the (2) St. Louis Blues in Game 4 as Chicago looks to even their series, while the (1) Anaheim Ducks visit the (WC1) Nashville Predators in Game 3, looking to avoid a 3-0 series deficit.

Pre-game coverage of tonight’s matchups begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, leading into Game 3 of Lightning-Red Wings.

 

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

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THE PASS – TUESDAY, APRIL 19 (All times ET)

TUESDAY, APRIL 19

Time Coverage Network Commentators
6 p.m. NHL Live NBCSN Liam McHugh, Keith
Jones, Jeremy Roenick
7 p.m. Game 4 – (2) Tampa Bay at (3) Detroit NBCSN Bob Cole, Garry Galley
7 p.m. Game 3 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) N.Y. Rangers USA Network Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick,
Pierre McGuire
  NHL Live (Intermission Reports) CNBC Dave Briggs,
Anson Carter
9:30 p.m. Game 4 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago NBCSN Pat Foley, Eddie Olczyk
9:30 p.m. Game 3 – (1) Anaheim at (WC1) Nashville USA Network John Forslund, Brian Boucher

 

All Stanley Cup Playoff games will be presented on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC and NHL Network. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide streaming coverage of games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”

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


TONIGHT – APRIL 19

NHL Live, hosted by Liam McHugh, with analysts Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick, begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Dave Briggs and Anson Carter will anchor USA Network’s studio coverage.


GAME 4 – (2) LIGHTNING AT (3) RED WINGS – 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – LIGHTNING LEAD 2-1

The Red Wings host the Lightning in Game 4 of their series in search of their second consecutive win on home ice to even the series at two games apiece. After dropping the first two games of the series in Tampa, Petr Mrazek made his first start in net for Detroit since March 29 and stopped all 16 shots he faced, while Andreas Athanasiou and Henrik Zetterberg scored in a 2-0 victory on Sunday night. Including the regular season, the home team has won all seven games in this matchup this season.


GAME 3 – (2) PENGUINS AT (3) N.Y. RANGERS – 7 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK – SERIES TIED 1-1

The Rangers host the Penguins in a pivotal Game 3 tonight at Madison Square Garden with the series tied at one game apiece. The Rangers evened the series with a 4-2 win in Game 2 on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh, as Henrik Lundqvist made 29 saves and J.T. Miller added three assists for New York. This is the third consecutive postseason that the Penguins and Rangers have met, and in all three instances, the series have been tied 1-1.


GAME 4 – (2) BLUES AT (3) BLACKHAWKS – 9:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – BLUES LEAD 2-1

The Blues took a 2-1 series lead against the Blackhawks with a 3-2 come-from-behind win on Sunday afternoon on NBC. The pivotal play came in the latter stages of the third period, as Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane was penalized for high-sticking, and Jaden Schwartz netted the eventual game-winner on the ensuing power play. St. Louis goaltender Brian Elliott set a playoff career-high with 44 saves in the victory. Chicago will look for three victories in the final four games of the series, and the Blackhawks are 43-14 in playoff games 4-7 under head coach Joel Quenneville.


GAME 3 – (1) DUCKS AT (WC1) PREDATORS – 9:30 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK – PREDATORS LEAD 2-0

Nashville built a 2-0 series lead with a pair of 3-2 victories in Anaheim, including its Game 2 win on Sunday night, as Shea Weber scored the eventual game-winner on the power play late in the second period. Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne made 27 saves in each game to backstop Nashville to its 2-0 series lead. This is the first time the Predators have ever led a playoff series 2-0, and the Ducks have never won a playoff series when trailing 2-0 (0-6 all-time).

**Note – all first-round games are subject to blackouts in local markets**

If tonight’s Lightning-Red Wings game on NBCSN runs past 9:45 p.m. ET into the start of Blues-Blackhawks, puck drop of Blues-Blackhawks will be shown live on NHL Network until Lightning-Red Wings has concluded. Blues-Blackhawks will return to NBCSN immediately following the conclusion of Lightning-Red Wings.

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

As a reminder, all games on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC will be live streamed via NBC Sports Live Extra.

 

STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF COVERAGE ON CABLE UP 13% VS. 2015

Through 16 games on NBCSN/USA Network/CNBC, NBC Sports Group’s first-round NHL Stanley Cup Playoff cable coverage has averaged 494,000 viewers, up 13% vs. the comparable period from the first round of the 2015 playoffs (438,000). Through last night, the first round on NBC Sports Live Extra has produced 391,000 uniques and 46 million minutes across all platforms, up 31% and 90%, respectively, vs. the same number of games in 2015.

 

“WHERE IN THE WORLD IS PIERRE MCGUIRE?” EMMY-AWARD WINNING ‘INSIDE-THE-GLASS’ ANALYST CONTINUES MARATHON SCHEDULE

NBC Sports Group’s Emmy-Award winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire continues his marathon first-round broadcast schedule tonight in New York with Game 3 of the Penguins-Rangers series. McGuire is slated to serve as an analyst for 11 games in 11 days to begin the postseason, with more games likely added to that run as series continue. His schedule will be comprised of seven different cities, five different playoff series, and more than 13,000 miles in travel. *Note – schedule is subject to change*

Date Coverage Travel
Wed., April 13 Game 1 – (3) Chicago at (2) St. Louis St. Louis > Sunrise, Fla.
Thurs., April 14 Game 1 – (WC1) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Florida Sunrise, Fla. > Tampa
Fri., April 15 Game 2 – (3) Detroit at (2) Tampa Bay Tampa > Pittsburgh
Sat., April 16 Game 2 – (3) N.Y. Rangers at (2) Pittsburgh Pittsburgh > Chicago
Sun., April 17 Game 3 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago Chicago > Philadelphia
Mon., April 18 Game 3 – (1) Washington at (WC2) Philadelphia Philadelphia > New York
Tue., April 19 Game 3 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) N.Y. Rangers New York
Wed., April 20 Game 4 – (1) Florida at (WC1) N.Y. Islanders New York
Thurs., April 21 Game 4 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) N.Y. Rangers New York > Sunrise, Fla.
Fri., April 22 Game 5 – (WC1) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Florida* Sunrise, Fla. > Chicago
Sat., April 23 Game 6 – (2) St. Louis at (3) Chicago* TBA

 

COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE

Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 43 million U.S. households. NBC Sports Regional Networks serve the hometown fans of the Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Washington Capitals. In-depth coverage for those teams advancing to the postseason includes exclusive regional coverage of first-round games, pre- and post-game shows, and extensive on-line coverage via CSN’s team of NHL Insiders.

For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.

NBC SPORTS LIVE EXTRA COVERAGE

NBC Sports Live Extra — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will stream 2016 Stanley Cup Playoff coverage via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms. The NBC Sports Live Extra app is available on the iTunes App Store, Google Play, Windows Store, Roku Channel Store, Apple TV and Amazon Fire. For desktops, NBC Sports Live Extra can be accessed at NBCSports.com/liveextra.

 

–NBC SPORTS GROUP–