Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

Ottawa vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1, 7:00 PM ET
National TV (Canada):
CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Elliot Friedman

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: John Forslund
Color: Darren Eliot
Reporter: Charissa Thompson

Local TV (Pittsburgh): FS Pittsburgh (HD)
Play by Play: Paul Steigerwald
Color: Bob Errey
Reporter: Dan Potash

Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 1, 7:30 PM ET
National TV (Canada):
TSN (HD)
Play by Play: Chris Cuthbert
Color: Ray Ferraro

Local TV (Philadelphia): CSN Philadelphia (HD)
Play by Play: Jim Jackson
Color: Bill Clement
Reporter: Steve Coates

Local TV (New Jersey): MSG Plus (HD)
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Chico Rech
Reporters: Steve Cangialosi and Stan Fischler

Detroit vs. Phoenix, Game 1, 10:00 PM ET

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Rick Peckham
Color: Daryl Reaugh
Reporter: Bob Harwood

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)

Local TV (Detroit): FS Detroit (HD)
Play by Play: Ken Daniels
Color: Mickey Redmond
Reporter: Trevor Thompson

Local TV (Phoenix): 3TV
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Tyson Nash
Reporter: Todd Walsh

Colorado vs. San Jose, Game 1, 10:30 PM ET

National TV (Canada): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes

Local TV (Colorado): Altitude (HD)
Play by Play: Mike Haynes
Color: Peter McNab
Reporter: Kyle Keefe

Local TV (San Jose): CSN California (HD)
Play by Play: Randy Hahn
Color: Drew Remenda
Reporter: Brodie Brazil

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11 Responses to Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

  1. Josh says:

    TSN will be using the Versus feed for the late game then, I guess?

    The whole of idea of Versus not having exclusivity for the games it picks is so weird to me. Shouldn’t that be one of the main advantages of being the NHL’s cable broadcaster?

    • jkrdevil says:

      I think a big part of Versus not having exclusivity in the early rounds is that much of the local broadcast rights teams get is based on having playoff games. Local TV revenue brings in more money than the National. Even in the NBA local broadcasters still get to air the first two rounds (although the games aren’t blackedout for the National telecast, both compete with each other).

    • Chief says:

      You have to protect the local rights holders who pay for the season and the first two rounds(with a few Versus games that are exclusive).

  2. leafsfan1967 says:

    As was the case last year NHLCI is showing games in full that are being covered in part by Versus.

    You can check their DirecTV schedule here…. [Other carriers may have a different schedule].

    http://sports.directv.com/main.htm?404;https://sports.directv.com:443/Packages/NHLCenterIce

    • nosferatu says:

      No Sharks-Avs game on Sunday on Center Ice, though; looking at the InDemand schedule (for cable Center Ice), the same goes for next Tuesday and Thursday. A few minutes on Versus will be all we get.

  3. Josh says:

    Oh, and one thing I really like about tonight’s schedule is the staggered start times. I can’t remember if they’ve done this in the past, but it just makes so much sense to have one game start at 7, another at 7:30, and then 10 and 10:30. It means that in all likelihood, no two games will go to intermission at the same time.

  4. dyhrdmet says:

    can we blast NHL Network US for not taking part in the playoff broadcasts? That’s kind of like a black eye on the NHL in this country when you can’t even find every playoff game.

  5. nosferatu says:

    I thought Versus was touting the other day that when games are blacked out for “local” markets, they would put on a substitute game?

    Here in Ohio, where we are blacked out of the Penguins game (though unable to watch it on any network, thanks to idiotic blackout rules), the Flyers-Devils game is NOT on Versus. Instead there’s some crazed cagefighters going at it.

    I have the Devils game on Center Ice (in SD), so it’s not a big deal for me, but I just kind of wish Versus would actually live up to their claims.

  6. leafsfan1967 says:

    nosferatu :No Sharks-Avs game on Sunday on Center Ice, though; looking at the InDemand schedule (for cable Center Ice), the same goes for next Tuesday and Thursday. A few minutes on Versus will be all we get.

    Those games could appear yet. The NHLCI schedule is done last minute in the playoffs…

  7. leafsfan1967 says:

    dyhrdmet :can we blast NHL Network US for not taking part in the playoff broadcasts? That’s kind of like a black eye on the NHL in this country when you can’t even find every playoff game.

    Don’t blame the NHL Network. Blame the NHL.

  8. Joe says:

    Its really ashame NHLCI isn’t featuring any games from TSN or CBC. This all is a change from previous years where you were at least able to get either TSN or CBC for some games. And fans are missing out on the pre and post game info since Versus isn’t showing it. For example, CBC has post game interviews that was seen on NHL Network. But of course you dont get it on NHLCI.

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