Tuesday, August 18th, 2020


 (6) Islanders Look to Sweep (3) Capitals in Primetime at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

 (1) Golden Knights Look to Eliminate (8) Blackhawks in Game 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

(6) Flames vs. (3) Stars in Crucial Game 5 at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Live Begins Coverage at 2:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN; (1) Flyers Face (8) Canadiens in Game 4 at 3 p.m. ET

Hockey Culture Interview with Minnesota Wild’s J.T. Brown Debuts Today

STAMFORD, Conn. August 18, 2020 – NBC Sports presents four Stanley Cup First Round matchups today on NBCSN, highlighted by a primetime matchup in which the New York Islanders can sweep the (3) Washington Capitals and become the first team to advance to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs in Game 4 at 8 p.m. ET. Mathew Barzal scored the overtime winning goal in Game 3 to win 2-1 and force the Capitals to the brink of elimination.

Today’s coverage begins with Game 4 between the (1) Philadelphia Flyers, who hold a 2-1 series lead, and the (8) Montreal Canadiens at 3 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Carter Hart registered 23 saves in goal to lead the Flyers to a 1-0 shutout victory in Game 3. A 30-minute edition of NHL Live will begin the day’s coverage at 2:30 p.m. ET.

Coverage shifts to the hub city of Edmonton at 5:30 p.m. ET, when the (6) Calgary Flames face the (3) Dallas Stars in a crucial Game 5, with the series tied at two games apiece. Joe Pavelski scored a hat trick for the Stars in the Game 4 overtime 5-4 win.

The (1) Vegas Golden Knights will look to clinch the series and eliminate the (8) Chicago Blackhawks in Game 5 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. On Sunday, the Blackhawks avoided the series sweep, defeating the Golden Knights 3-1, behind 48 saves by goaltender Corey Crawford.

Liam McHugh will host today and tonight’s studio coverage alongside studio analysts Keith Jones and Anson Carter.

Earlier today, Hockey Culture debuted an interview with Minnesota Wild forward J.T. Brown as part of the initiative, led by Anson Carter, dedicated to bringing equality and inclusion to the sport of hockey. Highlighted topics that Carter and Brown discuss are the sport’s reaction to Brown’s demonstration during the national anthem three years as a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning and how Brown is working with Wild teammate Matt Dumba on the “Rebuild Minnesota” project.

Hockey Culture launched last week and premiered interviews with Vegas Golden Knights forward Ryan Reaves and Arizona Coyotes President & CEO Xavier Gutierrez.

Yesterday, NBC Sports announced start times for tomorrow’s 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule on NBCSN, featuring five matchups.

Today and tomorrow’s NHL schedule on NBCSN is below:

Date Coverage Network Time (ET) Commentators
Tues., Aug. 18 NHL Live NBCSN 2:30 p.m. Liam McHugh, Keith Jones
Game 4 – (1) Philadelphia vs. (8) Montreal NBCSN 3 p.m. Gord Miller, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
Game 5 – (6) Calgary vs. (3) Dallas NBCSN 5:30 p.m. Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
Game 4 – (3) Washington vs. (6) N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 8 p.m. John Forslund, Brian Boucher
Game 5 – (8) Chicago vs. (1) Vegas NBCSN 10:30 p.m. Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Pierre McGuire
Wed., Aug. 19 Game 5 – (7) Columbus vs. (2) Tampa Bay NBCSN 12 p.m. TBD
Game 5 – (5) Carolina vs. (4) Boston NBCSN 4 p.m. TBD
Game 5 – (7) Arizona vs. (2) Colorado* NBCSN 6:30 p.m. TBD
Game 5 – (8) Montreal vs. (1) Philadelphia NBCSN 8 p.m. TBD
Game 5 – (5) Vancouver vs. (4) St. Louis NBCSN 10:30 p.m. TBD

*NHL Network will air the game in its entirety