TSN Rounds Out the Networks

Toronto, ON (April 8, 2012) – Two months of unscripted hockey drama begins Wednesday on TSN, as Canada’s Sports Leader today confirmed its complete broadcast schedule for the First Round of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS.


Headlining TSN and TSN2’s First Round playoff coverage are some of the NHL’s biggest stars including Sidney Crosby, Art Ross Trophy winner Evgeni Malkin, Claude Giroux, Joe Thornton, Patrick Kane, Ilya Kovalchuk, and Martin Brodeur, as the networks team up to deliver complete coverage of the Pittsburgh-Philadelphia, St. Louis-San Jose, Florida-New Jersey and Phoenix-Chicago series.


Games are available live nationally on TSN, TSN2 and TSN Mobile TV.


TSN’s coverage of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS gets underway on Wednesday, April 11 – opening night of the NHL Playoffs – withPhiladelphia @ Pittsburgh at 7:30 p.m. ET (see TSN and TSN2 NHL Playoffs Broadcast Schedule below).


TSN and TSN2’s live coverage of the 2012 STANLEY CUP® PLAYOFFS runs throughout the first three rounds.


The networks’ extensive coverage of the NHL post-season features veteran play-by-play announcers Gord Miller and Chris Cuthbert and game analysts Ray Ferraro and Mike Johnson.


NHL ON TSN host James Duthie is in the TSN Studio for pre-game shows and intermissions, alongside Hockey Insiders Bob McKenzie andDarren Dreger, analysts Aaron Ward and Marc Crawford, and former NHL referee Kerry Fraser.


TSN’s flagship sports news program SPORTSCENTRE covers every playoff series with highlights and news, plus daily in-depth analysis from TSN’s hockey experts. Canadian teams will be front and centre on SPORTSCENTRE, with pre- and post-game reports from Farhan Lalji, covering the Canucks-Kings series, and Brent Wallace, covering the Senators-Rangers series. In addition, Ryan Rishaug will provide complete coverage of the Penguins-Flyers series as a rinkside reporter.


THAT’S HOCKEY with Gino Reda and THAT’S HOCKEY 2NITE with Steve Kouleas have extensive post-season coverage, while TSN THE REPORTERS WITH DAVE HODGE and OFF THE RECORD WITH MICHAEL LANDSBERGcontinue to examine the league’s hot-button issues. OTR also features a weekly appearance from future Hockey Hall of Famer Mike Modano during the playoffs.


NBC is Ready as Well

NEW YORK – April 8, 2012 – The NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins Wednesday night with the Eastern Conference’s #5 Philadelphia Flyers visiting in-state rival #4 Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Two additional games will air Wednesday night: the Western Conference #5 Detroit Red Wings travel to Nashville to face the #4 Predators at 8 p.m. ET on CNBC; and the Western Conference’s #8 Los Angeles Kings will meet the #1 Vancouver Canucks at 10:30 p.m. ET also on NBC Sports Network. Coverage begins on the NBC Sports Network at 6:30 p.m. ET with NHL Live.

The 2012 NHL post-season marks the first time in league history that every first-round playoff game is being televised on a national platform. In order to televise as many as five games on a given day/night during the first round, the NBC Sports Group will present match-ups on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, the NHL Network, and NBCUniversal’s business channel CNBC in primetime.


CBC is Ready to Go

April 8, 2012 – The road to the Stanley Cup begins Wednesday, April 11 and CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA is the exclusive home of both Canadian playoff teams as they begin their quests for hockey’s biggest prize. Along with Canada’s Stanley Cup hopefuls, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA has two more marquee 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs matchups featuring some of the game’s brightest stars, all in High-Definition and available live online at cbcsports.ca.

“Watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada is a Canadian tradition for everyone from dedicated hockey fans to casual viewers,” said Julie Bristow, CBC’s Executive Director of Studio and Unscripted Programming. “With 50 days and nights of coverage from the drop of the first puck to the final horn in the Stanley Cup Final, we’re proud to continue the great tradition of providing viewers with innovative world class coverage and analysis that is second to none.”

The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA features a host of innovative social media applications that will make every game an interactive experience for viewers across the country. One such feature is the Hockey Night Playoff Pulse, which invites fans to engage online with cbcsports.ca through the ultimate “second screen” experience with in-game polls and pools where fans can challenge each other through Facebook and Twitter, plus live updated leader boards.

“Stanley Cup Playoff hockey is part of the Canadian fabric and, as the exciting action gets underway on Wednesday, we know millions of fans will be following closely to see who gets to hoist the Cup in June,” said NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly.

CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA NHL playoff broadcast coverage kicks off with the Stanley Cup Countdown on Tuesday, April 10 at 8 p.m. local (8:30pm NT), in front of a live studio audience. Host Ron MacLean and analysts Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock will breakdown all eight first-round series and analyze the chances of the 16 teams vying for the Stanley Cup. Elliotte Freidman will also have breaking news from around the league.

The puck officially drops Wednesday, April 11 as CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA kicks off its schedule with a must-see doubleheader. Ron MacLean hosts the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs along with Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock as coverage gets underway at 8 p.m. ET when Pavel Datsyuk and the Detroit Red Wings visit Shea Weber and the Nashville Predators at Bridgestone Arena. The broadcast team for this Western Conference Quarterfinal includes play-by-play commentator Mark Lee and analyst Kevin Weekes (please see below for complete first round broadcast schedule and distribution).

Following the Detroit/Nashville game on Wednesday night, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA heads to Rogers Arena in Vancouver at 10:30 p.m. ET as Henrik Sedin and the Canucks square off against Jonathan Quick and the Los Angeles Kings. This Western Conference Quarterfinal best-of-seven showdown will be called by play-by-play commentator Jim Hughson, analyst Craig Simpson and reporter Scott Oake.

The excitement continues on Thursday, April 12 with another two games, beginning at 7 p.m. ET with Henrik Lundqvist and the New York Rangers hosting Daniel Alfredsson and the Ottawa Senators at Madison Square Garden. The legendary Don Cherry and Coach’s Corner make their playoff debut during the first intermission, while play-by-play duties will be handled by Bob Cole who will be joined in the booth by analyst Garry Galley, with Glenn Healy providing analysis from between the benches and Cassie Campbell-Pascall reporting from rinkside.

Just after the puck drops in New York on the main CBC-TV network, CHEX has live coverage as Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals take on Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins at TD Garden at 7:30 p.m. ET. Dean Brown will call the series alongside analyst Greg Millen supported by rinkside reporter Andi Petrillo.

On Saturday, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. ET, CBC’S HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA sets the stage with Scotiabank Hockey Tonight, the pre-game show, followed by game two of the Ottawa/New York series.

The Vancouver/Los Angeles series will be featured on Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi presented by Chevrolet with Harnarayan Singh handling play-by-play duties. The Punjabi broadcasts will be available on Rogers Cable channel 799, Shaw Digital TV channel 328, Shaw Direct (channel TBD), TELUS Optik TV channel 131 and on Bell TV and FIBE TV channel 232 and will also be streamed live and on-demand on CBCSports.ca.

** TV Schedule follows**

About CBC/Radio-Canada

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All series best of seven. Schedule subject to change.


Game 1 Detroit @ Nashville Wed., April 11 @ 8 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 2 Detroit @ Nashville Fri., April 13 @ 7:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 3 Nashville @ Detroit Sun., April 15 @ 12 noon ET FULL NETWORK

Game 4 Nashville @ Detroit Tue., April 17 @ 7:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 5** Detroit @ Nashville Fri., April 20 @ 8 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 6** Nashville @ Detroit Sun., April 22 @ TBD FULL NETWORK

Game 7** Detroit @ Nashville Tue., April 24 @ TBD FULL NETWORK


Game 1 Los Angeles @ Vancouver Wed., April 11 @ 10:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 2 Los Angeles @ Vancouver Fri., April 13 @ 10 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 3 Vancouver @ Los Angeles Sun., April 15 @ 10:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 4 Vancouver @ Los Angeles Wed., April 18 @ 10 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 5** Los Angeles @ Vancouver Sun., April 22 – TBD FULL NETWORK

Game 6** Vancouver @ Los Angeles Tue., April 24 – TBD FULL NETWORK

Game 7** Los Angeles @ Vancouver Thu., April 26 – TBD FULL NETWORK


Game 1 Ottawa @ New York Thu., April 12 @ 7 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK*

Game 2 Ottawa @ New York Sat., April 14 @ 7 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 3 New York @ Ottawa Mon., April 16 @ 7:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK*

Game 4 New York @ Ottawa Wed., April 18 @ 7:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 5** Ottawa @ New York Sat., April 21 @ 7 p.m.ET FULL NETWORK

Game 6** New York @ Ottawa Mon., April 23 – TBD FULL NETWORK

Game 7** Ottawa @ New York Thu., April 26 – TBD FULL NETWORK


Game 1 Washington @ Boston Thu., April 12 @ 7:30 p.m. ET CHEX

Game 2 Washington @ Boston Sat., April 14 @ 3 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 3 Boston @ Washington Mon., April 16 @ 7:30 p.m. ET CHEX

Game 4 Boston @ Washington Thu., April 19 @ 7:30 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 5** Washington @ Boston Sat., April 21 @ 3 p.m. ET FULL NETWORK

Game 6** Boston @ Washington Sun., April 22 – TBD FULL NETWORK

Game 7** Washington @ Boston Wed., April 25 – TBD FULL NETWORK

*Excluding CHEX

**If necessary

Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 TV Super Schedule

April 11
7:30 Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 1 (NBCSN/TSN)
Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 1 (CNBC/CBC)
10:30 Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 1 (NBCSN/CBC) 

April 12
7:00 Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 1 (NHL Network/CBC)
 Washington vs. Boston, Game 1 (NBCSN/CHEX)
7:30 San Jose vs. St. Louis, Game 1 (CNBC/TSN)
10:00 Chicago vs. Phoenix, Game 1 (NBCSN/TSN)

April 13
New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 1 (NHL Network/TSN2)
Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2 (NBCSN/TSN)
Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 2 (CNBC/CBC)
10:00 Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 2 (NBCSN/CBC) 

April 14
Washington vs. Boston, Game 2 (NBC/CBC)
 Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (NBCSN/CBC)
 San Jose vs. St. Louis, Game 2 (CNBC/TSN)
10:00 Chicago vs. Phoenix, Game 2 (NBCSN/TSN)

April 15
 Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 3 (NBC/CBC)
3:00 Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3 (NBC/TSN)
7:30 New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 2 (NBCSN/TSN)
10:30 Vancouver vs. Los Angeles, Game 3 (NBCSN/CBC)

April 16
Boston vs. Washington, Game 3 (NBCSN/CHEX)
NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 3 (CNBC/CBC)
 St. Louis vs. San Jose, Game 3 (NBCSN/TSN) 

April 17
 Florida vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (NHL Network/TSN)
Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 4 (NBCSN/CBC)
9:00 Phoenix vs. Chicago, Game 3 (CNBC/TSN)  

April 18
7:30 NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 4 (CNBC/CBC)
 Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (NBCSN/TSN)
10:00 Vancouver vs. Los Angeles, Game 4 (NBCSN/CBC)

April 19
Florida vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (NHL Net/TSN2)
 Boston vs. Washington, Game 4 (NBCSN/CBC)
8:00 Phoenix vs. Chicago, Game 4 (CNBC/TSN)
10:30 St. Louis vs. San Jose, Game 4 (NBCSN/TSN)

April 20
 Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (NBCSN/TSN)
8:00 Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 5 (CNBC/CBC)

April 21
Washington vs. Boston, Game 5 (NBC/CBC)
New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 5 (NHL Net/TSN2)
Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (NBCSN/CBC)
 San Jose vs. St. Louis, Game 5 (CNBC/TSN)
10:00 Chicago vs. Phoenix, Game 5 (NBCSN/TSN)

April 22
 Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 6 (TBD/CBC)
TBD Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 5 (TBD/CBC)
 Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6 (TBD/TSN)
TBD Boston vs. Washington, Game 6 (TBD/CBC) 

April 23
 NY Rangers vs. Ottawa, Game 6 (TBD/CBC)
TBD St. Louis vs. San Jose, Game 6 (TBD/TSN)
TBD Phoenix vs. Chicago, Game 6 (TBD/TSN)

April 24
TBD Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 7 (TBD/CBC)
 Vancouver vs. Los Angeles, Game 6 (TBD/CBC)
TBD Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 7 (TBD/TSN)
TBD Florida vs. New Jersey, Game 6 (TBD/TSN)

April 25
TBD Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (TBD/CBC)
 San Jose vs. St. Louis, Game 7 (TBD/TSN)
TBD Chicago vs. Phoenix, Game 7 (TBD/TSN)

April 26
 Los Angeles vs. Vancouver, Game 7 (TBD/CBC)
TBD New Jersey vs. Florida, Game 7 (TBD/TSN)
TBD Ottawa vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (TBD/CBC) 

Here’s What’s Happening on Playoff Schedule Release Day

Good morning, and Happy Easter and Happy Passover to those celebrating those holidays this Sunday. Enjoy having those things you arbitrarily stopped having for the past 40 days and 40 nights. I’ll be in and out of touch with family stuff today, but the plan is to get all the information you need.

Today, I’ll be posting press releases from the networks when they show up, as well as following the NHL Network’s Schedule Release special. The second I get the full information on the TV schedule, I will post it here. The annual super-schedule will likely be held for tonight.

I’ve heard conflicting information about the US TV schedule. I’ve been told by at least 1 person at NBC that it’ll be released by tonight at latest, while I’ve also gotten the indication that the schedule release special on NHL Network and NHL.com will release full TV info. Of course, I’ll also be following how CBC and TSN divide up the games as well.

It should be a fun day, and I hope you’ll spend it clicking around Puck the Media. Once again, happy holidays and thank you for reading.