Exclusive Avs/Jackets Game Being Replaced By Non-Exclusive Rangers/Penguins Game

NBC Sports Network will be covering the entire final week of the season with games for seven straight days. One of those games will be changing from a game that would’ve aired in both home markets to a game that will not.

NBC confirmed yesterday that Thursday, April 5th’s broadcast – originally Blue Jackets/Avalanche – will be switched over to Rangers/Penguins. The game is slated to be an original NBC production, but will not air in either New York or Pittsburgh. While the Avalanche could still be making a playoff push by that date, there is every chance that a four-day layoff will have eliminated them. Of course, the Blue Jackets were a playoff-excused disaster months ago. Meanwhile, the Penguins are one point back of the Rangers in the Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference as of this writing.

NHL On NBC Final Week Schedule

Sunday, April 1
12:30 Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh (NBC)
7:00
 Boston vs. NY Rangers (NBCSN)

Monday, April 2
7:00
 Washington vs. Tampa Bay (NBCSN)

Tuesday, April 3
7:30
 Pittsburgh vs. Boston (NBCSN)
10:00 Anaheim vs. Vancouver (NBCSN)

Wednesday, April 4
7:30
 Detroit vs. St. Louis (NBCSN)

Thursday, April 5
7:00
 NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh (NBCSN)

Friday, April 6
7:30 Phoenix vs. St. Louis (NBCSN)

Saturday, April 7
1:00 Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh (NBC)
4:00 
Chicago vs. Detroit (NBCSN)*
7:00
 Washington vs. NY Rangers (NBCSN)* 

*-times subject to flip, but these are likely the games NBCSN will take, unless Buffalo’s still in things.

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5 Responses to Exclusive Avs/Jackets Game Being Replaced By Non-Exclusive Rangers/Penguins Game

  1. Matt Donner says:

    Saturday, April 7

    1:00 Chicago vs. Detroit (NBC)
    4:00 Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh (NBCSN)
    6:30 Washington vs. NY Rangers (NBCSN)

      • Robert says:

        The NHL.com site is showing the 6:30 start time. All the games and the Buf-Bos are showing both NBC and NBCSN.

        Great move by NBCSN to switch games. It’s great that they are being flexible. I hope that the any of the other games on Apr. 7 will be picked by NBCSN and switched if they are important.

  2. Dave says:

    Why is the season ending on a Saturday this year?

  3. Arthur says:

    Schedule from MDonner is confirmed

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