Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night One of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Game 1: Phoenix vs. Detroit, 7:00 PM ET

National TV (US, will not air in the Detroit market): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Inside the Glass: Darren Pang

National TV (Canada, Windsor and Western Provinces): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Mark Lee
Color: Kevin Weekes
Reporter: Mitch Peacock

Game 1: Tampa Bay vs. Pittsburgh, 7:00 PM ET

National TV (Canada, Ontario and East): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Dean Brown
Color: Greg Millen
Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascal

Game 1: NY Rangers vs. Washington, 7:30 PM ET

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)
Play by Play: Chris Cuthbert
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Game 1: Chicago vs. Vancouver, 10:00 PM ET

National TV (Canada): CBC (HD)
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Reporter: Scott Oake

National TV (US): VERSUS (HD)
Play by Play: John Forslund
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Game 1: Nashville vs. Anaheim, 10:30 PM ET

National TV (Canada): TSN (HD)


24 Responses to Your Announcers and Open Thread For Night One of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs

  1. leafsfan1967 says:

    Thanks for this Steve! I’m a little sad that Versus isn’t just taking the CBC play by play for the Vancouver game but I quite understand why they aren’t and applaud their commitment to their own programming.

  2. stevelepore says:

    LA-San Jose will be a simulcast tomorrow, though I am uncertain as to whether it is TSN or CSN.

    • nosferatu says:

      Seems like they usually went with the CSN-CA broadcast last year. Makes sense–I don’t know if they pay any fees to TSN when they get simulcasts of entire games from them, but obviously that’s not an issue with any of the regional CSNs.

  3. Andrew says:

    Strader, Daniels, Doc and Forslund. VERY nice!!! And you can never get enough Darren Pang!

  4. dyhrdmet says:

    I’m a bit surprised that Dave Strader isn’t calling the Phoenix-Detroit game on Versus since there’s no local TV in Phoenix. That and having their own crew in Vancouver for the late game (instead of a CSN simulcast; and I can’t even remember Versus originating a game in Canada before the Conference Finals) makes me think that Versus has some good announcers lined up for tomorrow night since most of their “regulars” are with their local teams in the playoffs.

  5. dyhrdmet says:

    I’m watching some of the early pre-game on NHL Network (I guess part way into the first period of the first games). I know NHL On the Fly would still air in Canada, but isn’t it better for the fans in the U.S. (where this great sport doesn’t get the respect it deserves) if NHL Network airs one of the other games being played right now instead of On the Fly?

    • nosferatu says:

      Logic is soooooo overrated. Or so it seems, judging from how things so often work in life.

    • Arthur says:

      DY, if you want tthe NHL to put games on NHL Network then why the hell is the league charging Versus to air them? You can’t have it both ways, especially now in the playoffs

      • nosferatu says:

        The NBA does, however, with NBA TV picking up a handful of playoff games that won’t fit into the elongated schedules set by TNT and ESPN. So logic just seems to dictate that maybe the NHL could do this, too.

        For instance, it would be nice if we could watch the beginning of the Hawks-Canucks game right now, but that obviously isn’t happening.

        Funny that the guys on Versus are now kind of acting like that game wasn’t even on their schedule at 10 p.m. to begin with.

      • dyhrdmet says:

        oh i mean in addition to Versus. Versus still gets first crack (since they pay the money). Look at NBA TV during the first round of the NBA playoffs picking up games that TNT can’t air.

        Does it serve the fans better to have a choice of games (a better game on Versus, and a lesser game on NHL Network), or have the choice of a game vs. NHL On the Fly?

  6. Jake says:

    Versus in Detroit has OT of the Rangers/Caps, and the alternate channel (604 on Directv) has the same thing! What a waste. The Blackhawks game is blacked out on NHL-Center Ice and apparently Versus isn’t going to show it until the NY/WAS game ends. Disappointing that the league and its TV partners can’t get this right.

  7. leafsfan1967 says:

    The NHL has got to figure out a way to let people see all the games. Cap Rangers in OT on THREE channels on DirecTV and NO Hawks Vancouver.


  8. leafsfan1967 says:

    Steve can you find out from your contacts at Versus why they couldn’t/wouldn’t use the overflow channel they have to show the Hawks/Canucks game as well as the Rangers Caps overtime? First night of the playoffs and fans are getting shafted again. This wouldn’t happen with MLB or NBA. Why can’t the NHL And their partners get their act together?

  9. leafsfan1967 says:

    There is an overflow channel on DirecTV but it’s blacked out in Philadelphia. Thankfully the other game has just ended.

  10. Trent says:

    TSN using SportSouth crew for Ducks-Reds.

    • stevelepore says:

      I’ll fix that then. TSN wouldn’t give me specific teams calling each games, just that both Cuthbert/McGuire and Miller/Ferraro would split the BUF/PHI and ANA/NSH series.

      • From what I can tell it is basically Miller/Ferraro for LA-SJ only. I don’t know why they aren’t doing games in Anaheim, but it doesn’t look like they are.

        I’m not really sure about Cuthbert/McGuire, but it almost seems that they will focus on WSH-NYR, which I didn’t expect. Considering that McGuire is working gm. 3 of PHI-BUF for Versus, it seems that TSN won’t be producing their own feed of that game for sure.

  11. Trent says:

    I can tell you why they aren’t doing Anaheim-Nashville. Because the game are head to head with the Vancouver game.

  12. leafsfan1967 says:

    I’ve probably had more to say on the Versus fiasco last night than I should have, but it isn’t it ironic that hockey fans in the States could watch endless highlights and interviews on the NHL Network last night while they missed the first and most exciting period of the Hawks Vancouver game last night.

    Someone at the NHL/Verus needs to figure out how to fix this problem. They should be embarrassed that with all of their “platforms” this kind of thing could happen and could and probably will happen again….

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