Wait a Sec, One More PR: NBC Hypes Weekend Semi-Final Coverage

NEW YORK – April 30, 2009 – A marquee matchup between Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, plus the defending Stanley Cup champion Detroit Red Wings headline NBC Sports’ coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this weekend. Saturday, Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals will host Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and the Pittsburgh Penguins at 1 p.m. ET in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series. On Sunday at 2 p.m. ET, the Red Wings will host the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of their series. 

Mike “Doc” Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (inside-the-glass analyst) call the action (Darren Pang will fill in for McGuire Sunday in Detroit). McGuire and Pang will pull double duty, hosting NBC’s studio show alongside analyst Mike Milbury on site in Washington and Detroit. 

MCGUIRE ON PITTSBURGH-WASHINGTON: “This series is star-power personified, just great for the game of hockey. The big question is, will the Capitals have enough balance to deal with the Penguins? The X-factor is Jordan Staal for Pittsburgh and how well [Simeon] Varlamov plays. He played well but really wasn’t tested in the Rangers series but you can be sure he will here. The Penguins are vicious on the forecheck and I wonder how Washington will cope with that.” 

MCGUIRE ON ANAHEIM-DETROIT: “I see a lot of problems for Anaheim in this series dealing with the waves that Detroit throws at you. They’re going to have to get scoring beyond their first line and from the defense in order to compete.”

5 Responses to Wait a Sec, One More PR: NBC Hypes Weekend Semi-Final Coverage

  1. BC says:

    The only thing about the Pens/Caps matchup I am NOT looking forward to is the constant Crosby vs. Ovechkin crap that is going to be forced down my throat in the next two weeks. Lots of watching on mute for this series.

  2. Leafsfan1967 says:

    So if NBC is SO very excited about Hockey on Saturday, why are they going to abandon the game if it goes into a second overtime period?

    Oh right I forgot there’s a beach volley ball game or something coming on at 4 isn’t there? 🙂

  3. stevelepore says:

    To be fair, 1 OT is more than BUF/OTT got, and the Derby will draw 7x the ratings of Pens/Caps.

  4. Brian says:

    At least this year the plans for the race weekends have been made and publicized. Now if Ch. 3 in Cleveland would stop pre-empting games for Tribe telecasts or get the NBC feed to us hockey fans.

  5. spiker97 says:

    I really feel sorry for the total lack of consideration of any hockey fan on the West Coast of North America who is stuck watching these games live at 10:00 in the morning.

    At least people in Europe can see these games at a decent hour, they would start at 6:00 or 7:00 pm.

    Really, I am surprised that NBC carried the Saturday game at all with the Derby later in the day. I don’t think the CBC is too happy with these early afternoon matchups either.

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