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Wednesday, April 26th, 2017
SECOND ROUND OF THE NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS BEGINS TONIGHT ON NBCSN WITH PREDATORS-BLUES AND OILERS-DUCKS DOUBLEHEADER
Game 1 – (WC2) Nashville Predators at (3) St. Louis Blues – 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Game 1 – (2) Edmonton Oilers at (1) Anaheim Ducks – 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Thursday – (WC1) Rangers-(2) Senators at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC, (2) Penguins-(1) Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
NBC Sports Group’s 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First-Round Viewership Best Since 2014, Up 4% From Last Year
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 26, 2017 – NBC Sports Group begins its exclusive coverage of the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs tonight with a pair of Game 1 second-round matchups in the Western Conference on NBCSN, beginning at 8 p.m. ET., when P.K. Subban and the (WC2) Nashville Predators visit Vladimir Tarasenko and the (3) St. Louis Blues.
Connor McDavid and the (2) Edmonton Oilers hit the ice at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN in the second half of tonight’s Western Conference doubleheader, when they face off against Ryan Getlzaf and the (1) Anaheim Ducks.
Game 1 matchups in the East begin tomorrow night, starting at 7 p.m. ET on CNBC, when Erik Karlsson and the (2) Ottawa Senators host Henrik Lundqvist and the (WC1) New York Rangers. NBCSN will televise Game 1 of the highly-anticipated clash between Sidney Crosby’s (2) Pittsburgh Penguins and Alex Ovechkin’s (1) Washington Capitals at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the rivals meet in the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
“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.
THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 26 (All times ET)
|7 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Jeremy
Roenick, Keith Jones
|8 p.m.||Game 1 – (WC2) Nashville at (3) St. Louis||NBCSN||Kenny Albert,
|10:30 p.m.||Game 1 – (2) Edmonton at (1) Anaheim||NBCSN||Brendan Burke,
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC, all via “TV Everywhere.”
*NOTE* – If Predators-Blues runs beyond 10:45 p.m. ET:
- Predators-Blues remains on NBCSN for national audience, and satellite TV subscribers in Anaheim. This audience can find the start of Oilers-Ducks on NHL Network, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app;
- Cable and AT&T U-verse subscribers in Anaheim market only will receive Oilers-Ducks on NBCSN, and can watch conclusion of Predators-Blues on NHL Network, and stream on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app;
- Oilers-Ducks will return to NBCSN for all viewers immediately following conclusion of Predators-Blues.
For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall NHL Playoff coverage, please click here.
(WC2) NASHVILLE PREDATORS AT (3) ST. LOUIS BLUES – GAME 1 AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
This marks the first-ever playoff meeting between Nashville and St. Louis. The Predators (0.75 goals against per game) and the Blues (1.60 goals against per game) enter the second round as the top two defensive teams in the postseason. Nashville’s Pekka Rinne and St. Louis’ Jake Allen are the top two goaltenders in goals against average and save percentage thus far.
The Blues boast a 26-9-2 record since Mike Yeo took over head coaching duties on Feb. 1. Vladimir Tarasenko scored his first goal of the playoffs in St. Louis’ Game 5 series-clinching win against Minnesota, and is now fifth in Blues history in playoff goals (20).
The Predators’ top line of Filip Forsberg, Ryan Johansen, and Viktor Arvidsson dominated Chicago, accounting for 15 points (5g/10a) and a plus-22 rating in their four games against the Blackhawks. Nashville won three of five matchups against St. Louis in the regular season.
(2) EDMONTON OILERS AT (1) ANAHEIM DUCKS – GAME 1 AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Edmonton and Anaheim meet in the postseason for the first time since 2006, when Edmonton beat Anaheim in the Western Conference Final in five games to advance to the Stanley Cup Final.
Connor McDavid led the Oilers with four points (2g/2a) in Edmonton’s first-round series victory against the Sharks. 21-year-old Leon Draisaitl helped propel the Oilers to the second round with two assists in Game 5, and the opening goal in their series-clinching win in Game 6.
Anaheim has been the hottest team in the NHL. The Ducks swept the Flames in the first round, have won eight straight games dating back to the regular season, and have not lost in regulation in more than six weeks (15-0-3). Ryan Getzlaf led the Ducks with three goals in their first-round series with Calgary, and Anaheim has scored at least three goals in 13 of its last 14 games.
NBC SPORTS GROUP’S 2017 NHL STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS FIRST-ROUND VIEWERSHIP BEST SINCE 2014, UP 4% FROM LAST YEAR
On the strength of a record 18 overtime games, dazzling performances by young stars like Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid, and side-by-side coverage for the first time in local markets, NBC Sports Group’s Total Audience Delivery (TAD) of the first round of the 2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 742,000 viewers, up 4% vs 2016 (713,000 viewers).
This was the most-watched first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2014 (753,000 viewers), despite no Game 7 matchups for the first time since the 2001 postseason. In addition, the 2017 first round featured five Canadian teams – compared to no Canadian teams last season. Click here for more information.
“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 Stanley Cup Playoff broadcasting schedule into the second round. McGuire called 12 games in 12 days in the first round spanning six of the eight series and eight different cities.
McGuire kicks off his second-round slate tonight with Game 1 of the Predators-Blues series in St. Louis. McGuire is slated to call nine games in nine days to begin the second round, which will mark 21 consecutive days he has called a Stanley Cup Playoff when there has been one on the schedule.
*Note – schedule is subject to change
|Wed., April 12||Game 1 – (3) Columbus at (2) Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh > Chicago|
|Thurs., April 13||Game 1 – (WC2) Nashville at (1) Chicago||Chicago > St. Paul|
|Fri., April 14||Game 2 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Minnesota||St. Paul > Chicago|
|Sat., April 15||Game 2 – (WC2) Nashville at (1) Chicago||Chicago > St. Louis|
|Sun., April 16||Game 3 – (2) Minnesota at (3) St. Louis||St. Louis > Boston|
|Mon., April 17||Game 3 – (2) Ottawa at (3) Boston||Boston > Columbus|
|Tues., April 18||Game 4 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) Columbus||Columbus > St. Louis|
|Wed., April 19||Game 4 – (2) Minnesota at (3) St. Louis||St. Louis > Montreal|
|Thurs., April 20||Game 5 – (WC1) N.Y. Rangers at (1) Montreal||Montreal > Washington|
|Fri., April 21||Game 5 – (WC2) Toronto at (1) Washington||Washington > New York|
|Sat., April 22||Game 6 – (1) Montreal at (WC1) N.Y. Rangers||New York > Boston|
|Sun., April 23||Game 6 – (2) Ottawa at (3) Boston||Boston > New York|
|Tues., April 25||Travel Day||New York > St. Louis|
|Wed., April 26||Game 1 – (WC2) Nashville at (3) St. Louis||St. Louis > Washington|
|Thur., April 27||Game 1 – (2) Pittsburgh at (1) Washington||Washington > St. Louis|
|Fri., April 28||Game 2 – (WC2) Nashville at (3) St. Louis||St. Louis > Washington|
|Sat., April 29||Game 2 – (2) Pittsburgh at (1) Washington||Washington > Nashville|
|Sun., April 30||Game 3 – (3) St. Louis at (WC2) Nashville||Nashville > Pittsburgh|
|Mon., May 1||Game 3 – (1) Washington at (2) Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh > New York|
|Tues., May 2||Game 3 – (2) Ottawa at (WC1) N.Y. Rangers||New York > Pittsburgh|
|Wed., May 3||Game 4 – (1) Washington at (2) Pittsburgh||Pittsburgh > New York|
|Thur., May 4||Game 4 – (2) Ottawa at (WC1) N.Y. Rangers||New York > TBA|
NBCSPORTS.COM & NBC SPORTS APP
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