Your Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 3 Mega-Schedule

Okay, it isn’t that mega.  But give us some credit for doing a little work on this, eh. 

Oh and by the way, this round is going to last forever.  Get used to having lives again, that’s how long this is taking. 

After the jump, folks.

By Network                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             NBC                                                                                                                                                                               May 17, Game 1, Chicago vs. Detroit – 3:00 PM ET
May 24, Game 4, Detroit vs. Chicago – 3:00 PM ET

VERSUS
May 18, Game 1, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET
May 19, Game 2, Chicago vs. Detroit – 7:30 PM ET
May 21, Game 2, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET
May 22, Game 3, Detroit vs. Chicago – 8:00 PM ET
May 23, Game 3, Pittsburgh vs. Carolina – 7:30 PM ET
May 26, Game 4, Pittsburgh vs. Carolina – 7:30 PM ET
May 27, Game 5, Chicago vs. Detroit – 7:30 PM ET
May 29, Game 5, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET
May 30, Game 6, Detroit vs. Chicago – 8:00 PM ET
May 31, Game 6, Pittsburgh vs. Carolina – 7:30 PM ET
June 1, Game 7, Chicago vs. Detroit – 7:30 PM ET
June 2, Game 7, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET

TSN
May 17, Game 1, Chicago vs. Detroit – 3:00 PM ET
May 18, Game 1, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET
May 19, Game 2, Chicago vs. Detroit – 7:30 PM ET
May 21, Game 2, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET

CBC
May 22, Game 3, Detroit vs. Chicago – 8:00 PM ET
May 23, Game 3, Pittsburgh vs. Carolina – 7:30 PM ET
May 24, Game 4, Detroit vs. Chicago – 8:00 PM ET
May 26, Game 4, Pittsburgh vs. Carolina – 7:30 PM ET
May 27, Game 5, Chicago vs. Detroit – 7:30 PM ET
May 29, Game 5, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET
May 30, Game 6, Detroit vs. Chicago – 8:00 PM ET
May 31, Game 6, Pittsburgh vs. Carolina – 7:30 PM ET
June 1, Game 7, Chicago vs. Detroit – 7:30 PM ET
June 2, Game 7, Carolina vs. Pittsburgh – 7:30 PM ET

Day-by-Day, Network-by-Network

May 17th
3:00 PM ET Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 1 (NBC/TSN/RDS)

May 18th
7:30 PM ET Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1 (VERSUS/TSN/RDS)

May 19th
7:30 PM ET Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 2 (VERSUS/TSN/RDS)

May 21st
7:30 PM ET Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2 (VERSUS/TSN/RDS)

May 22nd
8:00 PM ET Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 3 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

May 23rd
7:30 PM ET Pittsburgh vs. Carolina, Game 3 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

May 24th
3:00 PM ET Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 4 (NBC/CBC/RDS)

May 26th
7:30 PM ET Pittsburgh vs. Carolina, Game 4 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

May 27th
7:30 PM ET Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 5 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

May 29th
7:30 PM ET Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

May 30th
8:00 PM ET
Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 6 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

May 31st
7:30 PM ET
Pittsburgh vs. Carolina, Game 6 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

June 1st
7:30 PM ET
Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 7 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS)

June 2nd
7:30 PM ET
Carolina vs. Pittsburgh, Game 7 (VERSUS/CBC/RDS) 

13 Responses to Your Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 3 Mega-Schedule

  1. E says:

    This is a terrible schedule. I can’t believe there is no game this Saturday.
    There is only 1 Eastern Conference Final game in the next week.
    Game 1 is Monday, and Game 2 is not until Thursday!

    There is absolutely no momentum when it comes to Hockey.

    No wonder why the ratings are so bad!

    Speaking of that, anyone know the final ratings on versus for Pitt-Wash game 7

  2. Leafsfan1967 says:

    The only way to make sense of this is to see the NHL wanting to spread the schedule out as much as possible to go as deeply into June as possible.

    I can’t imagine that the CBC is going to be too happy about this. With no Canadian teams involved I suspect they are going to have trouble maintaining interest and all the gaps wont help much.

  3. Mike says:

    I assume the NHL scheduled the Conference Finals this way to avoid a big layoff before the Stanley Cup Finals. Remember the two possible Finals schedules? One had the finals starting on June 5th and the other had them starting on the 29th but only if the Conference Finals were finished by the 26th, which almost certainly wasn’t going to happen…

  4. Chief says:

    This is all about being able to stretch it out long enough for NBC.

  5. jkrdevil says:

    I think Mike is dead on. It was done this way so there isn’t a large break between series. If one goes the distance you are looking at a 3 day break between series, that’s normal.

  6. nosferatu says:

    If they’re willing to do it now, which makes so little sense (outside of the frustrating reasons given above), then why not do it earlier in the playoffs. At least a little, I mean, just to space things out at the end of series.

    And seriously, figure out a way to air Game 7’s on Saturday-Sunday. That’s the only way to avoid this problem of two games at once, I think.

  7. Leafsfan1967 says:

    >>If they’re willing to do it now, which makes so little sense (outside of the frustrating reasons given above), then why not do it earlier in the playoffs. At least a little, I mean, just to space things out at the end of series<<

    This is a very valid point. They could have spread the last series out a wee bit more and still had the finals in mid June. Better yet, knock a few games off the regular season and have the finals over by the end of May. I know, I know, it will never happen but we can dream can’t we?!

  8. Scotty says:

    It’s been known for awhile that the Finals wouldn’t start til June 5th. With this in mind why didn’t the NHL give more days for Game 7’s. I know that if they would have and the series were short we would have all complained about big breaks then. If the NHL didn’t have to worry so much about NBC’s programming we could just keep this all moving along. This reminds be of the NBA who takes 3 weeks just to play the first round.

  9. Joel says:

    Why are there only two conference finals games on NBC? What is pre-empting the NHL this time around?

    • Scotty says:

      The Senior PGA Championship and French Open. What I don’t get is they have golf early on Sunday’s I don’t know why they can’t on Saturday’s.

  10. Dre' says:

    Steve:

    Check your NBC dates…game 1 of the Western Conference Finals is 5/17/09-this Sunday-and not the following Sunday, 5/24/09. Also, from crewing scuttlebut, TSN is taking NBC’s feed Sunday and not bringing in their own truck; this is subject to change (especially based on the previous horsetrading CBC and TSN have been doing this playoff season).

    Dre’

  11. Chris says:

    Terrible schedule. I don’t really have a problem with TSN showing the first two games of both series, but they said Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will call both series’ games. Way to push Chris Cuthbert into the dark…

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