Thursday, August 20th, 2020


(6) Islanders Look to Advance to Second Round in Game 5 Against (3) Capitals in Primetime at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN

(3) Stars Can Clinch Series vs. (6) Flames in Game 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

NHL Live Begins Coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN

Hockey Culture Interview with Minnesota Wild’s J.T. Brown Available Now

NBC Sports Announces Start Times for Tomorrow’s Games on NBCSN

STAMFORD, Conn. August 20, 2020 – NBC Sports presents a pair of Stanley Cup First Round clinching games today on NBCSN, beginning with the (6) New York Islanders, who hold a 3-1 series lead, looking to advance to the Second Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs against the (3) Washington Capitals in primetime at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Capitals fought off elimination on Tuesday behind two goals from Alex Ovechkin to rally from an early two-goal deficit to a 3-2 victory in Game 4. A 30-minute edition of NHL Live will begin coverage at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

The second half of the doubleheader will feature the (3) Dallas Stars looking to clinch the series and eliminate the (6) Calgary Flames in Game 6 at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. John Klingberg scored the go-ahead goal in the third period in Game 4 in the Stars’ 2-1 victory, pushing Calgary to the brink of elimination.

Liam McHugh will host tonight’s studio coverage alongside studio analysts Keith Jones and Patrick Sharp.

Earlier this week, 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.

NBC Sports announced today start times for tomorrow’s 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round schedule on NBCSN. All games airing on NBCSN will air side-by-side in local markets alongside regional sports network game telecasts (excluding tomorrow’s Philadelphia-Montreal matchup, which will air side-by-side in Philadelphia with the local NBC affiliate). Every First Round game will stream in its entirety on and the NBC Sports app.

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

Date Coverage Network Time (ET) Commentators
Thurs., Aug. 20 NHL Live NBCSN 7:30 p.m. Liam McHugh, Patrick Sharp, Keith Jones
  Game 5 – (6) N.Y. Islanders vs. (3) Washington NBCSN 8 p.m. John Forslund, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
  Game 6 – (3) Dallas vs. (6) Calgary NBCSN 10:30 p.m. Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
Fri., Aug. 21 NHL Live NBCSN 6:30 p.m. TBD
  Game 6 – (1) Philadelphia vs. (8) Montreal NBCSN 7 p.m. John Forslund, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
  Game 6 – (4) St. Louis vs. (5) Vancouver NBCSN 9:45 p.m. Kenny Albert, AJ Mleczko, Pierre McGuire