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Friday, June 13th, 2014
DAY 59 – LOS ANGELES KINGS CAN WIN STANLEY CUP TONIGHT AT 8 P.M. ET ON NBC
Game 5 – Kings-Rangers Tonight 8 p.m. ET on NBC – Kings Lead 3-1
Pre-Game Coverage Begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live
2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs Are Most-Watched on Cable in 17 Years
Game 5 Marks 93rd Game of 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Setting Single-Year Record For Most Games in One Postseason
STAMFORD, Conn. – June 13, 2014 – The Los Angeles Kings look to clinch their second Stanley Cup in three years in front of a raucous STAPLES Center crowd with a Game 5 win over the New York Rangers tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBC. NBC Sports Live Extra – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, and tablets – will provide comprehensive streaming coverage of Game 5.
Emmy Award-winning play-by-play broadcaster Mike “Doc” Emrick,analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning “Inside the Glass” analyst Pierre McGuire will have the call of Game 5 from STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
Pre-game coverage begins at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live, co-hosted by Liam McHugh and Dave Briggs alongside former NHL players and analysts Mike Milbury, Jeremy Roenick, Keith Jones and Anson Carter on-site from STAPLES Center.
The Kings aim for their second Stanley Cup title in franchise history and second championship in three years. Two years ago, the Kings held a 3-0 series lead against the New Jersey Devils in the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, and eventually won it in six games.
The Rangers need three straight victories to become only the fourth team in NHL playoff history to win four straight games in a series after falling into a 0-3 deficit. One of those four teams to complete the feat is this year’s Kings, who climbed out of a 0-3 hole to the San Jose Sharks in the first round. The 1942 Toronto Maple Leafs are the only team to win a Stanley Cup Final after losing the first three games of the series. A win on Friday night in Los Angeles would shift the series back to New York for a potential Game 6 on Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on NBC.
Following is the television schedule for the remaining games of the 2014 Stanley Cup Final, all times Eastern and subject to change.
|Fri., June 13||Stanley Cup Final – Game 5||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Mon., June 16||Stanley Cup Final – Game 6*||Los Angeles at N.Y. Rangers||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
|Wed., June 18||Stanley Cup Final – Game 7*||N.Y. Rangers at Los Angeles||NBC||8:00 p.m.|
* if necessary
2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS ARE MOST-WATCHED ON CABLE IN 17 YEARS
Following a Game 4 that averaged 3.383 million viewers on NBCSN, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs are now the most-watched on cable in 17 years and the 2014 Stanley Cup Final is the second-most watched in 12 years through the first four games.
For the 77 playoff games telecast on NBCSN/CNBC, the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs averaged 1.098 million viewers (and a 0.66 HH rating), ranking as the most-watched NHL playoffs on cable since 1997 (1.211 million viewers on ESPN/ESPN2). This year’s average viewership is up 10% from the 2013 cable average of 1.000 million viewers (0.60 HH rating).
Through four games, the 2014 Stanley Cup Final has averaged 4.652 million viewers on NBC/NBCSN, ranking as the second-most watched Stanley Cup Final through four games in 12 years (since 2002, 4.726 million). This year’s series, which the Kings lead 3-1, trails only last year’s Final after four games (2013, 5.341 million). The four games this year have averaged a 2.8 HH rating.
Click here for more information on 2014 Stanley Cup Playoff cable ratings and Stanley Cup Final ratings: http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/2014/06/13/2014-stanley-cup-playoffs-are-most-watched-on-cable-in-17-years/
GAME 5 MARKS 93RD GAME OF 2014 STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS, SETTING SINGLE-YEAR RECORD FOR MOST GAMES IN ONE POSTSEASON
Tonight’s Rangers-Kings Game 5 will be the 93rd game of the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, surpassing the 92 games of the 1991 Stanley Cup Playoffs for the most games played in a single NHL postseason.
The 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs included 48 games in a first round that featured a Game 7 tripleheader for the first time in 11 years. In addition, the Montreal Canadiens first-round sweep of the Tampa Bay Lightning was the only four-game sweep of the entire postseason. 44 of 92 games have been decided by one goal, and 25 have required overtime, including the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final.
GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR
For the third consecutive year, NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and NHL Network are combining to televise every Stanley Cup Playoff game nationally.
One-goal Games: 45
OT games: 25
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 Final coverage. NBCSN 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;
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