NBC, VERSUS, CSN Combine to Cover the Playoffs

NEW YORK – April 11, 2011 – The NBC Sports Group begins its comprehensive coverage of the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs this week with Conference Quarterfinal games on NBC, VERSUS and four Comcast SportsNets. NBC Sports and VERSUS, whose coverage often includes double and triple headers, will present every round of the playoffs, concluding with the Stanley Cup Final in June. Comcast SportsNet California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia begin first-round coverage of their respective local teams this week (Sharks, Blackhawks, Capitals and Flyers). Their coverage can extend to the second round if their teams advance. In addition to television coverage, NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com are uniting to create a robust NHL playoffs digital destination for fans beginning Wednesday.


On most nights during the first two rounds VERSUS will televise at least one game, but often will have double- or triple-headers. For the Conference Quarterfinals, VERSUS’ coverage is non-exclusive and subject to local blackouts. During the Conference Semifinals, VERSUS will air two exclusive games per series in addition to many non-exclusive contests. The network will share exclusive coverage with NBC of both Conference Finals series. Coverage will culminate with the Stanley Cup Final in primetime in June with NBC broadcasting Games 1-2 and 5-7 (if necessary), and VERSUS presenting exclusive coverage of Games 3 and 4.


Comcast SportsNet California, Chicago, Mid-Atlantic and Philadelphia will televise all of their teams’ respective games in the Quarterfinal round, except for those airing on NBC. If their respective teams advance to the second round, the Comcast SportsNets will also present Semifinal coverage, except for games chosen to air exclusively on VERSUS or NBC.




NBC SPORTS: Coverage starts this weekend with Western Conference action on Saturday as the No. 3 Detroit Red Wings host the No. 6 Phoenix Coyotes in Game 2 of their series at 1 p.m. ET. On Sunday, NBC Sports presents Game 3 of the Eastern Conference series between the No. 1 Washington Capitals and No. 8 New York Rangers from New York’s Madison Square Garden at 3 p.m. ET.


Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play) and Eddie Olczyk (analyst) anchor NBC Sports’ coverage with Pierre McGuire serving as inside-the-glass analyst. McGuire will also host the studio show with analyst Mike Milbury.


VERSUS: Playoff coverage begins on VERSUS with a tripleheader this Wednesday night, the first night of the postseason. The Red Wings host the Coyotes in Game 1 of their series at 7 p.m. ET followed by the conclusion of the Capitals hosting the Rangers (joined in progress). VERSUS’ Wednesday night coverage concludes with the West’s No. 1 Vancouver Canucks hosting the defending Stanley Cup champion No. 8 Chicago Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET.


VERSUS closes out the week with another tripleheader on Thursday night, a doubleheader on both Friday and Saturday nights, and a single game on Sunday night. (See below for complete Quarterfinal schedule).




Comcast SportsNet California begins its coverage of the No. 2 San Jose Sharks – No. 7 Los Angeles Kings series with Game 1 on Thursday night at 10 p.m. ET from HP Pavilion in San Jose.

CSN Chicago begins its Blackhawks coverage against the Canucks on Wednesday night at 10 p.m. ET from Rogers Arena in Vancouver.

CSN Mid-Atlantic presents Capitals-Rangers beginning Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. ET from Verizon Center in Washington, D.C.

CSN Philadelphia begins coverage of the No. 7 Buffalo Sabres at the defending Eastern Conference champion No. 2 Philadelphia Flyers at 7:30 p.m. ET on Thursday from Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

DIGITAL: NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com will combine forces to create a single, robust destination for hockey fans beginning Wednesday for the NHL Playoffs. The NBC Sports Group will consolidate NHL content from both the NBCSports.com and VERSUS.com’s hockey sections onto the rapidly-growing NBCSports.com site. One of the key content areas will be ProHockeyTalk, one of NBCSports.com’s popular “Sports Talk” platforms that also include ProFootballTalk, CollegeFootballTalk, HardBallTalk, ProBasketballTalk and ProGolfTalk.


During the playoffs on NBCSports.com, fans will be able to follow all the NHL Playoffs action with live streaming of NBC games, NHL videos, cross-platform promotions, social media and more. Some of the consolidated features on NBCSports.com include:


Online-only videos featuring VERSUS and NBC Sports hockey commentators previewing upcoming playoff games and wrapping-up all of the NHL action that day.

“Star-Cam,” which follows marquee players in NBC games, and “Net-Cam,” which provides a unique perspective from behind the goalie.

ProHockeyTalk, which recently had its most-trafficked month ever, will update NHL Playoff news around the clock.

SOCIAL MEDIA: Fans can also keep up with the NHL playoffs through a variety of NBC Sports and VERSUS social media platforms throughout the postseason. Content will include:


Behind the Scenes: Through the joint “NHL on NBC and VERSUS” Facebook page and @NHLonNBC_VS on Twitter, fans will receive exclusive behind-the-scenes photos, interviews and video.

Commentator Tweets: Various NBC and VERSUS commentators will provide Twitter content throughout the playoffs, including occasional in-game Tweets.

Fan Questions: Fans will have the opportunity to ask questions to NBC and VERSUS commentators via Facebook and Twitter.

Team Tabs: Fans who “Like” the joint NBC and VERSUS Facebook page will have the opportunity to play a variety of games and upload fan photos based around each of their favorite teams who made the playoffs. As teams advance in the playoffs, new and more difficult games will challenge fans.

News: Fans can follow NBC and VERSUS Facebook and Twitter accounts to receive the most up to date scores, reports and stories from around the NHL and ProHockeyTalk.


PREVIEW SHOW: VERSUS will air a live NHL Playoffs Preview show on Tuesday, April 12, beginning at 7 p.m. ET. The program, hosted by Liam McHugh along with Hockey Central’s Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick, will feature commentary and analysis from NHL experts Eddie Olcyzk, Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury. VERSUS will breakdown all the action from the Eastern and Western series and will have exclusive interviews with players.


HOCKEY CENTRAL: Each night the network televises a playoff game VERSUS will kick off the broadcast with a Hockey Central pregame show. Hosted by Bill Patrick with Keith Jones and Jeremy Roenick, Hockey Central will preview the night’s action around the Stanley Cup Playoffs. To wrap up each night, the Hockey Central postgame show will have the latest highlights, news, analysis, and player interviews. Throughout the playoffs, Hockey Central will continue to feature guest analysts including, Mike Keenan, Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury..


COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE: Comcast SportsNet, the local home for the Blackhawks, Capitals, Flyers and Sharks, will closely follow hometown team playoff progress with pre- and postgame coverage, breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.




Saturday, April 16

1 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, Game 2


Sunday, April 17

3 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Rangers, Game 3


Saturday, April 23

3 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, Game 5*


Sunday, April 24

3 p.m. Philadelphia at Buffalo, Game 6*




Wednesday, April 13

7 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, Game 1


9:30 p.m. (JIP) N.Y. Rangers at Washington, Game 1


10 p.m. Chicago at Vancouver, Game 1


Thursday, April 14

7 p.m. Montreal at Boston, Game 1


9:30 p.m. (JIP) Buffalo at Philadelphia, Game 1


10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, Game 1


Friday, April 15

7:30 p.m. N.Y. Rangers at Washington, Game 2


10 p.m. Chicago at Vancouver, Game 2


Saturday, April 16

7 p.m. Montreal at Boston, Game 2


10 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, Game 2


Sunday, April 17

8 p.m. Vancouver at Chicago, Game 3


Monday, April 18

7 p.m. Philadelphia at Buffalo, Game 3


9:30 p.m. (JIP) Pittsburgh at Tampa Bay, Game 3


10:30 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix, Game 3


Tuesday, April 19

8 p.m. Vancouver at Chicago, Game 4


10:30 p.m. San Jose at Los Angeles, Game 3


Wednesday, April 20

7 p.m. Washington at N.Y. Rangers, Game 4


9:30 p.m. (JIP) Philadelphia at Buffalo, Game 4


10:30 p.m. Detroit at Phoenix, Game 4


Thursday, April 21

7 p.m. Boston at Montreal, Game 4


10 p.m. Chicago at Vancouver, Game 5*


Friday, April 22

7 p.m. Phoenix at Detroit, Game 5*


9:30 p.m. (JIP) Buffalo at Philadelphia, Game 5*


10 p.m. Nashville at Anaheim, Game 5*


Saturday, April 23

7 p.m. Montreal at Boston, Game 5*


9:30 p.m. (JIP) Tampa Bay at Pittsburgh, Game 5*


10:30 p.m. Los Angeles at San Jose, Game 5*


Sunday, April 24



Monday, April 25



Tuesday, April 26



Wednesday, April 27



*Games subject to change as best-of-seven series may be over; (JIP) – joined in progress



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23 Responses to NBC, VERSUS, CSN Combine to Cover the Playoffs

  1. Stephen says:

    So I believe they will keep Inside the Glass then?

    • Arthur says:

      Why would your hero Sam Flood get rid of his greatest invention? Of course NBC and Versus will be using Inside The Glass. But you knew that already didn’t you?

  2. Wade says:

    Any idea which commentators Versus will be using for the 1st Round? Obviously Doc Emrick. John Forslund is available and has been used by Versus throughout this season and in the past when Carolina did not make the playoffs. Those are the only 2 PBP guys that do not have their local team playing who have worked recently for Versus. As for analysts (game or inside the glass), the following are available that they’ve used in the past/this season: Brian Engblom, Darren Eliot, Daryl Reaugh, Billy Jaffe.

  3. Wade says:

    I also wonder if Panger will be used Inside the Glass for any NBC game. He’s done a few games the past couple of years for NBC early in the playoffs when Pierre had a TSN gig.

    • I think that TSN will let NBC use Pierre for all of their 1st round games. The only time TSN keeps Pierre from NBC is when he is calling a Canadian team. Plus TSN has 3 of the 4 NBC games in the 1st round.

      Usually Gord Miller doesn’t do any games when Pierre is working for NBC though. The question is will Versus steal him for a weekend game or two or will TSN pair him with Mike Johnson when Pierre is busy with NBC.

      • Arthur says:

        Don’t look for him on the first weekend. It is not a situation of one network being nice to another and letting talent work that way. It is all in the way Pierre has his contract written. The contract states who has priority

      • stevelepore says:

        Yeah, Pierre only shows up once on NBC in Round 1.

  4. Maybe “being nice” wasn’t the right word. TSN likes having McGuire on NBC broadcasts because they don’t have to send their own rinkside reporter to file pre-game reports.

    In the past TSN did give NBC priority when a Canadian team wasn’t involved. Of course 2008 was the last time TSN didn’t have a Canadian team in the 1st round, so its quite possible the contract has changed since then.

  5. stevelepore says:

    The only new folks being added are Kenny Albert and Darren Pang. Everyone else was already at VERSUS. Strader and Ken Daniels will call games when their teams are on two day breaks, as will Albert. Forslund will be out West, Emrick will spend the first week calling games from the 2 NBC series. Pierre McGuire will only show up twice on American TV in Round 1. Announcer schedule tomorrow.

    • By “out west” I assume you mean games in Vancouver and Phoenix. Those seem to be the main Versus series from the western conference. So If I have my info straight Versus is using

      PxP: Mike Emrick, John Forslund, Kenny Albert, Dave Strader, Ken Daniels
      Analysts: Darren Eliot, Daryl Reaugh, Darren Pang, Brian Engblom

  6. Wade says:

    On Versus playoff preview show airing right now, Brian Engblom gave a report on the ice in Vancouver. Darren Pang gave a report on the ice in Detroit. Seeing that NBC has used Pang before and that he is doing the Versus game tomorrow, it seems likely that he will be the NBC inside the glass reporter Saturday for NBC and Versus inside the glass reporter tomorrow. I’d assume Doc will be in Detroit tomorrow as PBP since he will be there Saturday as well. As for the game analyst in the booth for PHX @ DET tomorrow, maybe Daryl Reaugh or Billy Jaffe? As for my guess out in Vancouver for play by play, I’d assume Forslund with either Reaugh/Jaffe in the booth and we know Engblom will be inside the glass.

    • stevelepore says:

      Check above you in the thread, big boy. No Jaffe.

      • Wade says:

        I forgot to mention Darren Eliot. He and Forslund worked the PIT/OTT series last year for Versus and game 1 of PIT/MTL as well. Would make sense if Versus kept them together seeing that they’ve done many games already together. I’m surprised no Jaffe. He worked a lot of games in the first round last year, except the couple days when his baby was born. So maybe Forslund/Eliot/Engblom (Inside the Glass) West games. Doc/Reaugh/Pang (Inside the Glass) East game with Albert/Daniels filling in when Doc has NBC assignments and Strader filling in periodically too. These are all guesses, but fairly educated ones seeing what has been said so far.

      • Wade says:

        Also, since your stated that Doc is only doing the 2 NBC games this week and seeing that the Coyotes game is not on their local FS affiliate, I assume Dave Strader is calling it for Versus.

      • stevelepore says:

        No, what I mean is that Doc is calling games FROM the series NBC is doing. It will be Doc and Panger at the Joe tomorrow. Forslund/Engblom in Vancouver.

        Nobody likes surprises anymore.

  7. Wade says:

    Oh, ok. Thanks. So it appears Versus will be doing the one up one down method for some broadcasts like TSN uses (one in booth/one inside the glass).

  8. Arthur says:

    You are gonna see a lot of the two Darrens in the first round.

  9. leafsfan1967 says:

    To be honest I was hoping Versus would take the CBC feed for the play by play of the Vancouver game….

    Oh well….

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