FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, April 26th, 2021
WEDNESDAY NIGHT NHL DOUBLEHEADER ON NBCSN HEADLINES SEVEN MATCHUPS ACROSS NBC SPORTS’ “PUSH FOR THE PLAYOFFS” THIS WEEK
Wednesday Night Hockey Doubleheader on NBCSN – Blues-Wild at 7 p.m. ET; West Division-Leading Golden Knights Face Avalanche at 9:30 p.m. ET
Carolina Hurricanes Look to Clinch Playoff Berth Tonight Against Dallas Stars at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Tomorrow Night – Two of Top Three in East Division Clash When Capitals Host Islanders at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN
Former Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award Winners Dampy Brar and Rico Phillips Speak with Anson Carter Available Now on Season Two of Hockey Culture
STAMFORD, Conn. – April 26, 2021 – NBC Sports’ “Push for the Playoffs” continues this week with seven NHL matchups, headlined by a Wednesday Night Hockey doubleheader starring Ryan O’Reilly and the St. Louis Blues facing Calder Trophy contender Kirill Kaprizov and the Minnesota Wild, who recently clinched a playoff berth, at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The nightcap features the top two teams in the West Division who have also both clinched a playoff spot — Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche against Mark Stone and the Vegas Golden Knights, who are on a franchise-record nine-game winning streak, at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
Coverage gets underway this week when Sebastian Aho and the Central Division-leading Carolina Hurricanes face off against Joe Pavelski and the Dallas Stars tonight in a matchup with playoff ramifications at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Hurricanes can clinch a playoff berth if they earn at least one point against the Stars tonight.
Tomorrow night, two of the top three teams in the East Division clash in Washington when T.J. Oshie and the Capitals play Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN.
This week’s edition of NHL on NBC features Victor Hedman and the Tampa Bay Lightning facing Jakub Vrana and the Detroit Red Wings Sunday at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
HOW TO WATCH
- TV – NBC, NBCSN
- Streaming – NBC Sports app and NBCSports.com
|Mon., April 26||NHL Live||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Carolina vs. Dallas||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Anson Carter||10:15 p.m.*||NBCSN|
|Tues., April 27||NHL Live||Liam McHugh, Patrick Sharp, Dominic Moore||6:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|N.Y. Islanders vs. Washington^||Brendan Burke, AJ Mleczko||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Liam McHugh, Patrick Sharp, Dominic Moore||9:45 p.m.*||NBCSN|
|Wed., April 28||NHL Live||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Mike Babcock, Darren Dreger||6 p.m.||NBCSN|
|St. Louis vs. Minnesota||John Forslund, Brian Boucher||7 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Colorado vs. Vegas||Dave Goucher, Pierre McGuire||9:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Kathryn Tappen, Keith Jones, Mike Babcock, Darren Dreger||12 a.m.*||NBCSN|
|Thurs., April 29||NHL Live||Liam McHugh, Anson Carter, Mike Babcock||7:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Florida vs. Chicago^||John Forslund, Dominic Moore||8 p.m.||NBCSN|
|Calgary vs. Edmonton#||Jack Michaels, Louie DeBrusk, Gene Principe||10:30 p.m.||NBCSN|
|NHL Overtime||Liam McHugh, Anson Carter, Mike Babcock||11:30 p.m.*||NBCSN|
|Sun., May 2||Tampa Bay vs. Detroit||Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire||3 p.m.||NBC|
*Immediately following game coverage
^Blacked out in local markets: Washington, Chicago
HOCKEY CULTURE SEASON TWO
The past two winners of the NHL’s Willie O’Ree Community Hero Award, Dampy Brar and Rico Phillips, joined NHL on NBC analyst Anson Carter for a conversation about their passion for uniting communities to help fight racism in hockey, and the impact of winning the prestigious award, on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ Hockey Culture.
The conversation is available now on Hockey Culture’s dedicated YouTube Channel and below are highlights:
Phillips on the impact of the Flint Inner City Youth Hockey Program: “It’s an incredible cultural breakthrough. When they get on the ice, the barriers get broke down and it’s one of the most beautiful things you can witness — the collaboration of communities coming together.”
Brar on the impact of APNA Hockey: “APNA Hockey is about connecting hockey communities together…bringing everyone together and bringing us all as one. We can speak against racism, but we want to be able to connect and educate people.”
OUR LINE STARTS
NHL on NBC analysts Keith Jones and Ryan Callahan joined NBC Sports’ Kathryn Tappen to reflect on Patrick Marleau’s career, and discuss the playoff races in the East, Central and North Divisions, on the latest episode of NBC Sports’ NHL weekly podcast, Our Line Starts.
OFF THE ICE
On the latest episode of Off the Ice with Kathryn Tappen, Ryan O’Reilly shares his affinity for music and playing the guitar, and what it was like to meet Blues superfan Jon Hamm for the first time.
2020-21 REGULAR SEASON COVERAGE ON NBC SPORTS
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