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Thursday, April 11th, 2019
DAY 2 – NBC SPORTS GROUP’S COVERAGE OF 2019 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS CONTINUES TONIGHT WITH THREE GAMES ON NBCSN AND USA NETWORK
NBCSN Game 1 Doubleheader – (3) Toronto-(2) Boston at 7 p.m. ET, Followed by (WC2) Colorado-(1) Calgary at 10 p.m. ET
Defending Stanley Cup Champion (1) Washington Capitals Host (WC1) Carolina Hurricanes at 7:30 p.m. ET on USA Network
Tonight’s Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 11, 2019 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with three Game 1 matchups across NBCSN and USA Network. Tonight’s doubleheader on NBCSN begins at 7 p.m. ET when Auston Matthews and the (3) Toronto Maple Leafs open their First Round series against Brad Marchand and the rival (2) Boston Bruins. Coverage continues on NBCSN at 10 p.m. ET, when Nathan MacKinnon and the (WC2) Colorado Avalanche visit Johnny Gaudreau the (1) Calgary Flames.
Tonight’s Stanley Cup Playoff coverage on USA Network begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, when Alex Ovechkin and the defending Stanley Cup Champion (1) Washington Capitals open their First Round series against Sebastian Aho and the (WC1) Carolina Hurricanes.
Pre-game coverage begins tonight at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live.
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 via “TV Everywhere” throughout the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
“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 – THURSDAY, APRIL 11 (All times ET)
|6 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Kathryn Tappen, Eddie Olczyk,
|7 p.m.||Game 1 – (3) Toronto at (2) Boston||NBCSN||Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike
Milbury, Brian Boucher
|7:30 p.m.||Game 1 – (WC1) Carolina at (1) Washington||USA Network||Brendan Burke,
|NHL Live (Intermission Reports)||USA Network||Liam McHugh, Jeremy
Roenick, Anson Carter
|10 p.m.||Game 1 – (WC2) Colorado at (1) Calgary||NBCSN||Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro
For more information on NBC Sports Group’s overall Stanley Cup Playoff coverage, please click here.
TONIGHT – APRIL 11 – NHL LIVE BEGINS AT 6 P.M ET ON NBCSN
NHL Live, hosted by Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones and Eddie Olczyk, begins at 6 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Liam McHugh, Jeremy Roenick and Anson Carter will anchor USA Network’s studio coverage throughout the Hurricanes-Capitals game.
(3) TORONTO MAPLE LEAFS AT (2) BOSTON BRUINS – GAME 1 AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
Toronto and Boston meet in the playoffs for the second consecutive season. The Maple Leafs erased a 3-1 series deficit to the Bruins in the First Round last year, but fell 7-4 to the Bruins in a decisive Game 7 in Boston. John Tavares signed with Toronto in the offseason and scored 47 goals, the most by a Maple Leaf since the 1993-94 season (Dave Andreychuk; 53). Auston Matthews scored 37 goals for Toronto despite missing 14 games due to injury. Boston boasts one of the best top lines in hockey, as Brad Marchand (100 points), Patrice Bergeron (79 points) and David Pastrnak (38 goals in 66 games) posted career seasons. Boston went 3-1-0 vs. Toronto this year.
(WC1) CAROLINA HURRICANES AT (1) WASHINGTON CAPITALS – GAME 1 AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON USA NETWORK
Washington is looking to become only the fourth repeat Stanley Cup champion in the last 30 years. Alex Ovechkin led the NHL in goals with 51, the eighth time he has reached the 50-goal plateau. The Caps have reached the Second Round in four consecutive postseasons, the longest active streak in the NHL. Carolina posted an impressive 31-12-2 record after New Year’s Eve, registering the third-most points in that span behind Tampa and St. Louis. Sebastian Aho posted a career-high 30 goals and 83 points. This marks the Hurricanes’ first trip to the Stanley Cup Playoffs since 2009. Washington went 4-0-0 against Carolina this season.
(WC2) COLORADO AVALANCHE AT (1) CALGARY FLAMES – GAME 1 AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN
After finishing last in the NHL in 2017, Colorado has rebounded to reach the playoffs for the second consecutive year. The Avs had three 30-goal scorers – Nathan MacKinnon (41), Gabriel Landeskog (34), and Mikko Rantanen (31) – for the first time since 1995-96. Colorado closed out the season with an 8-1-2 record in its last 11 games. Calgary earned the top seed in the Western Conference for the first time since 1990 with a high-octane offense, scoring the second-most goals per game (3.52) in 2018-19. Five Flames reached 70 points, including 25-year-old American Johnny Gaudreau, who led Calgary in goals (36) and points (99). Calgary went 3-0-0 vs. Colorado this season.
JEREMY ROENICK HOSTS “PICK YOUR POISON” NBC SPORTS DIGITAL SHORTS WITH NHL STARS, INCLUDING HENRIK LUNDQVIST, PATRICK KANE AND AUSTON MATTHEWS
NBC Sports has released “Pick Your Poison,” a series of digital shorts hosted by Jeremy Roenick where NHL stars have to make their picks on a variety of topics. Following are the stars that are featured in the “Pick Your Poison” series:
- Henrik Lundqvist (NYR)
- Claude Giroux (PHI)
- Patrick Kane (CHI)
- Ryan O’Reilly (STL)
- Joe Pavelski (SJS)
- Cam Atkinson (CBJ)
- Auston Matthews (TOR)
The “Pick Your Poison” episodes with Lundqvist, Giroux, Kane and O’Reilly are linked above. The episodes with Pavelski, Atkinson, and Matthews will be released during the First Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
NBC SPORTS RADIO ANNOUNCES FIRST ROUND BROADCAST SCHEDULE
In conjunction with Westwood One, NBC Sports Radio will broadcast game coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, including every game of the Conference Finals and the Stanley Cup Final. First Round on NBC Sports Radio continues on Monday, April 15, with Game 3 between the Nashville Predators and Dallas Stars. Following is the remainder of NBC Sports Radio and Westwood One’s First Round broadcast schedule:
|Mon., April 15||Game 3 – (1) Nashville at (WC1) Dallas||9:15 p.m.||Ralph Strangis, Colby Cohen|
|Thur., April 18||Game 5 – (3) Vegas at (2) San Jose||TBD||Ralph Strangis, Jim Fox|
|Sat., April 20||Game 5 – (WC1) Carolina at (1) Washington||TBD||Sam Rosen, Billy Jaffe|
NBCSPORTS.COM STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF HUB SERVES AS HOME FOR SCORES, SCHEDULES AND HIGHLIGHTS
The Stanley Cup Playoff Hub on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app will be the home for everything fans need to know about the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Stanley Cup Playoff Hub will feature up-to-the-minute scores, updated schedules, and highlights following the conclusion of each game.
In addition, ProHockeyTalk on NBCSports.com will provide previews and recaps throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs. ProHockeyTalk writers Sean Leahy, James O’Brien, Adam Gretz and Scott Billeck will deliver comprehensive coverage for the postseason. Following each night’s games, The Buzzer will recap the action and top moments of the evening around the league. Each morning, The Wraparound will set the table for that night’s slate of games.
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 35 million U.S. households, as well as the MyTeams by NBC Sports app. NBC Sports Regional Networks serve the hometown fans of the San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals, and Bruins Insider Joe Haggerty, Caps Insiders Brian McNally and J.J. Regan, and Sharks Reporters Chelena Goldman and Marcus White will provide insight and analysis during First Round game coverage, pre- and post-game shows, online and on the myTeams app.
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.
STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs 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.
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