The Stanley Cup Playoffs: Where Rod Pelley is a Superstar

Miller, Alfredsson, Gionta, Marleau, Richards, Smyth, Doan, Sedin, Crosby, Ovechkin, Kane, Chara.  These are the type of players you associate with “NHL Star”.

Now in that category… Devils 4th line centerman Rod Pelley.  Welcome to the big time, kid.

BREAKING: NBC Finishes Season with 0.9 For Bruins/Caps

According to Sports Business Daily (Reg. required), the final game of NBC’s regular season NHL package between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals drew an 0.9 overnight rating.  A few more numbers on this later, as I’m on a conference call.

CBC’s First Round Press Release

From the first puck drop to the hoisting of the Stanley Cup in June, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is home to the biggest names and brightest stars, bringing Canadians wall-to-wall coverage of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs and exclusive Canadian coverage of the Stanley Cup Final in High-Definition.

“CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada continues the long standing tradition of bringing the passion of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs to Canadians,” said Sherali Najak, executive producer, CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada. “Our mandate is to provide hockey fans with an exciting schedule and unparalleled coverage of the matchups, players and personalities that make this our game.”

CBC’s powerhouse playoff schedule kicks off on Tuesday, April 13 at 8 p.m. local with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada: Stanley Cup Countdown preview show in front of a live studio audience. Host Ron MacLean will be joined by analysts Kelly Hrudey, Mike Milbury and P.J. Stock to set the stage for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The one-hour special will breakdown all eight Playoff series with detailed analysis of the sixteen teams competing in the NHL post-season.  Following the special will be  the first puck drop of the Playoffs on Wednesday, April 14.  All of the games in the Pittsburgh / Ottawa, Vancouver / Los Angeles, Buffalo / Boston and San Jose / Colorado series will be available exclusively on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA.

On Wednesday, April 14, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA kicks off its schedule with a must-see doubleheader. Ron MacLean will host the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs along with Don Cherry, Mike Milbury, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock.  The action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET when Sidney Crosby and the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins host Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators at Mellon Arena. Bob Cole will call the series alongside analyst Garry Galley supported by rinkside reporter Elliotte Friedman. Analyst Glenn Healy will be in the heart of the action between the benches for the duration of the series. In the nightcap of the twin bill, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA will go to HP Pavilion in San Jose at 10:30 p.m. ET as Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks host Paul Stastny and the Colorado Avalanche. This West Conference Quarterfinal best-of-seven showdown will be called play-by-play commentator Mark Lee and analyst Kevin Weekes. (Please see below for complete first round broadcast schedule and distribution).

The excitement continues on Thursday, April 15 at 7 p.m. ET as Ryan Miller and the Buffalo Sabres host Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins at HSBC Arena. Reporter Cassie Campbell, play-by-play commentator Dean Brown and analyst Greg Millen will cover this East Quarterfinal series. At 10 p.m. ET the west coast roars as Art Ross Trophy winner Henrik Sedin and the Vancouver Canucks welcome Drew Doughty and the upstart Los Angeles Kings to GM Place for the start of their best-of-seven series. Jim Hughson will call the series with analyst Craig Simpson and rinkside reporter Scott Oake. On Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 p.m. ET, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA sets the stage with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, the pre-game show, followed by game two of the Vancouver /Los Angeles series. Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, returns on

Sunday, April 18 at 6 p.m. ET to set up game three of the Pittsburgh / Ottawa series (Please see below for complete first round broadcast schedule).

CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada will feature the Vancouver / Los Angeles series in Punjabi, with Parminder Singh handling play-by-play for the Punjabi language broadcasts, working alongside analyst Harnarayan Singh. The Punjabi broadcasts will be available at CBCSports.ca.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA goes live and interactive throughout the Playoffs on CBCSports.ca/stanleycup.  Each CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA broadcast will be streamed live on-demand at CBCSports.ca/stanleycup, where hockey fans will also be able catch up to the minute news, features, previews, highlights and analysis for every game.   The Chevrolet Stanley Cup I-Desk, hosted by Hall of Fame journalist Scott Morrison and Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS host Jeff Marek will feature live chats with hockey fans across the country during all games broadcast on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA. Facebook users can become fans of CBC Sports at facebook.com/cbcsports, and try out the Beard Yourself application that allows fans to sport the perfect playoff beard on their profile picture while cheering on their favourite team throughout the Playoffs. Twitter users can join the CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA Twitter feed, twitter.com/cbcsports, to see all breaking news as it happens throughout the Playoffs.

In addition, fans will have a chance to put together their own winning lineup for the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs with CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada Playoff Pool presented by Kia.  Just like the regular season, fans will have a chance to win great prizes and to drive off with the grand prize, a new 2011 Kia Sorento.

CBCSports.ca’s Stanley Cup Countdown broadcast begins Tuesday, April 13 at 1 p.m. ET and will continue through the playoffs. The daily 30-minute preview show will be hosted by Morrison and Marek, and will preview the upcoming night’s games, as well as look back at what transpired the night before.

Hockey Night in Canada Radio on SIRIUS with host Jeff Marek will also offer comprehensive coverage of the 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs on SIRIUS Satellite Radio’s Channel 97 airing Monday through Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. ET (encore presentation from 8-11 p.m. ET).

VERSUS’ Big Playoff Get: No More Complete Blackouts, Alternate Games Will Be Televised in Markets That Have Local Exclusivity

From Mike Reynolds of Multichannel:

Now, Davis believes Versus, which bolstered its roster by adding 16 non-exclusive games as the regular-season wound down as a means to super-serve NHL fans, is poised for another strong Nielsen run, when the NHL playoffs face-off on April 14.

At a minimum, Versus will televise 50 postseason games, depending on how the series break. The first round is non-exclusive, with Versus picking up two contests exclusively in each of the series during the second round. Then, full exclusivity skates in during the conference finals, before the network again televises Games 3 and 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, which averaged 3.2 million viewers in 2009, the most for the championship round on cable since 2002.

A key playoff addition: During the non-exclusive first- and second-round games, Versus will transmit other NHL postseason games into the blacked-out home markets of the participating clubs. Previously, it aired alternative programming in those windows in the local markets. According to Davis, this will provide more in-depth coverage overall and give fans a chance to see who their favorite club could meet in the next round, or afford them a better viewing option if the local game is a blowout.

“This was our first priority after last season. There was a lot of capital investment to ensure the back-up feeds and technology for this expanded playoff suite,” said David, whose not “sure what the Nielsen implications will be. I do know, it’s another way we’re super-serving hockey fans.”

Thank You For Following Puck the Media Today

Here’s the deal with tomorrow:

I’ll be listening to press conferences and working on stuff for Wednesday.  It is going to be press releases only.  On Tuesday, there’ll be a review of NBC’s season, VERSUS’ season, and The Daily Line.

Wednesday, playoff picks, talent, and some other good stuff.  Then we get a’movin.

Also, I’ll try and post local TV info as I get it.  Once again, there’ll be announcing schedules for every night of the post season.

Thank you a million times over for reading Puck the Media during the 2009-10 NHL regular season.  We’ve only just begun, though.

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