Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 41 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New York vs. New Jersey, Game 6, 8:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 40 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New Jersey vs. New York, Game 5, 8:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass Pierre McGuire

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Puck the Media is Moving

Hello. The headline says it all. Puck the Media is no longer an independent entity after nearly four years of existing in this format.

This is the new Puck the Media. Though it is not necessarily it’s own website (it will be a section of SB Nation’s main NHL site), you will be able to access it via PucktheMedia.com. Try it now, go ahead. You’ll see new material there starting Thursday. Very little will change. There will still be tons of ratings info, and announcer listings, and all that good stuff. There will be so much more.

I have been credentialed to cover the 2012 Stanley Cup Final, and will be assisting SB Nation’s Travis Hughes in tag-teaming the site’s Stanley Cup coverage. I couldn’t be more thrilled that I’ll be able to cover the games from both a hockey and ratings standpoint. It’s quite the dream come true. That said, Puck the Media itself will remain hockey media, and you’ll see all my other stuff on the regular SBN NHL website.

There will be a lot more opinion on the new site, but there won’t be much of the bloat (i.e. press releases) that would fill space over here. The result is a lot better situation for both you, the reader, and me, the writer.

There are a lot of people I think deserve thanks at this moment. First and foremost is Greg Wyshynski, who has been both a friend and mentor since I was about 16 years old and he found me through a Devils message board (homer). Through his advice and guidance – and more importantly, linking to this webspace – he made this a site for people to go to. There are so many people that have their credibility in hockey writing/blogging because Wyshynski helped give it to them. I hope I remain good enough to stay on those headline posts.

Travis Hughes also gets singled out, because he’s chosen to hire me, and I still owe him for the ride he gave me back home from the Winter Classic. I get the feeling he’s just piling up favors at this point, but he’s a solid man for a Philadelphian and I am very grateful.

I also need to thank numerous PR people and folks at various networks, who have helped this place survive and thrive on their information. People like Schuyler Baehman (who helped inspire this) and the fabulous Kerry McGovern at the NHL, formerly Katie Bradshaw and now Leslie Byxbee and Meier Ravich at VERSUS, Chris McCloskey and Adam Freifield at NBC. James Lamont and Bryan Frenehy, who do the PR work for the CBC, Chobi Liang at TSN, and everyone at the multitude of publishing companies that have helped out.

Thanks to some other people who have helped out in the past and present. Numerous writers, bloggers and broadcasters have been supremely helpful and kind when I was an annoying kid seeking advice or an interview. Many of them have provided that, and others have become just good friends. People like (and I hope some of you don’t have a problem being name-dropped) Mike Emrick, Pete Weber, John Forslund, Joe Beninati, Bob Harwood, Billy Jaffe, John Buccigross, Chris Botta, Eric Hornick, Chris Peters, Nate Ewell, Mike Chen, Paul Kukla, Sean Leahy, Barry Petchesky, Adrian Dater, Katie Baker, Ted Starkey, Sean Gentille, Ryan Lambert, Scott Wasilewski, Ken Fang, Ben Wright, Joe Favorito, David Sarch, John Fischer, Jim “Boomer” Gordon and everyone at XM Home Ice, the folks at Sportsnet 590 and everyone at Brady and Lang, Adam and Derek from The Pensblog, Jeff Marek, and Seth Rorabaugh. There are others. I’m sorry I neglected you. It took me two months to think of all these names.

There are a lot of my friends and family members who really don’t care about hockey much (or at all) who would read this website just out of blind faith that their friend knew what he was talking about. Jimmy Mona, Patrick D’amico, Samantha Murray, Jim Moretto, Stacy Blauvelt, Daniel Iorio and others. Some of you know about hockey, and some of you do not care, thank you for reading either way out of friendship and loyalty. I appreciate it either way.

I thank my parents, obviously. My dad reads the site a lot, and I guarantee he wouldn’t read it if it wasn’t any good. He has high standards. Plus, my mom woke me up for that radio spot I did this morning.

This is very much going to be the same website it was before, just better and more efficient. It’ll still be the same voice and it will never be watered down, and there will be more access. It can only get better, right? I hope so. Please join me at the next gig, won’t you?

A Puck the Media Announcement is Coming Tomorrow

There’s some business to take care of tomorrow.

I will be on the Brady and Lang show on Sportsnet 590 in Toronto at 6:45 a.m. ET. There’s some stuff to announce, change is coming, and tomorrow will be the end of an era. There’ll be a post around 10 a.m. ET explaining it, and then we’ll all move forward.

Thank you for your support of Puck the Media.

Rangers/Devils Game 4 Hits Series Low

The Eastern Conference Final took a dip in viewers in Game 4.

Game 4 between the Rangers and Devils drew 1.26 million viewers on NBC Sports Network, drawing a series low. There is no comparison going back to last year, as Game 4 between the Bruins and Lightning was on NBC.

The 2012 Eastern Conference Final has averaged 1.29 million viewers over three broadcasts on NBC Sports Network. This is down 16% from the first three broadcasts of the 2011 Eastern Conference Final on VERSUS, which averaged 1.5 million through games 1, 2 and 3. At least a 2-2 series will likely guarantee better numbers for Wednesday’s Game 5.

2012 Eastern Conference Final on NBC Sports Network

Game 1 (5/14/12): 1.28 million
Game 2 (5/16/12): 1.34 million
Game 4 (5/21/12): 1.26 million

Games Drawing Over One Million Viewers During the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Cable

1. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 3 (5/2/12, NBCSN): 1.85 million
2. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 7 (5/12/12, NBCSN):
1.68 million
3. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 3 (5/3/12, NBCSN): 1.66 million
t4. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 5 (5/7/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
t4. NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 6 (5/9/12, NBCSN):
1.65 million
6. Philadelphia vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/6/12, NBCSN):
1.63 million
7. Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (4/30/12, NBCSN): 
1.53 million
8. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 2 (5/16/12, NBCSN): 1.34 million
9. Washington vs. Boston, Game 7 (4/25/12, NBCSN): 
1.32 million
10. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 5 (5/8/12, NBCSN): 1.31 million
11. New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 2 (5/1/12, NBCSN): 
1.29 million
12. New Jersey vs. NY Rangers, Game 1 (5/14/12, NBCSN): 1.28 million
13. NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 4 (5/21/12, NBCSN):
1.26 million
14. Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, Game 1 (5/13/12, NBCSN):
1.10 million
15. Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5 (4/20/12, NBCSN): 
1.07 million
16. Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 4 (4/18/12, NBCSN): 1.03 million

(Source: TV By the Numbers)

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 39 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Los Angeles vs. Phoenix, Game 5, 9:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Darren Pang
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Scott Oake

NHL Releases Stanley Cup Final Schedule

Via NHL.com:


Game 1, May 30th, 8 p.m. ET
@ Eastern Champ
TV:
NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 2, June 2nd, 8 p.m. ET
@Eastern Champ
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 3, June 4th, 8 p.m. ET
@Western Champ
TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

Game 4, June 6th, 8 p.m. ET
@Western Champ
TV: NBC Sports Network, CBC, RDS

Game 5, June 9th, 8 p.m. ET*
@Eastern Champ
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 6, June 11th, 8 p.m. ET*
@Western Champ
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

Game 7, June 13th, 8 p.m. ET*
@Eastern Champ
TV: NBC, CBC, RDS

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Night 38 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

New York vs. New Jersey, Game 4, 8:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC Sports Network
Play by Play: Mike Emrick
Color: Eddie Olczyk
Inside the Glass: Pierre McGuire

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Jim Hughson
Color: Craig Simpson
Inside the Glass: Glenn Healy
Reporter: Elliotte Friedman

Conference Final Action Down on NBC

The Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC had a second consecutive down weekend, as the network wrapped up it’s pre-Stanley Cup Final playoff coverage with a pair of conference final matchups.

Saturday’s Rangers-Devils game drew a 1.3 overnight rating, down 13% from last year’s Game 4 between Boston and Tampa Bay. It may have been hurt by the early timeslot, or the fact that there was a huge dip in ratings in the lone local market, New York. Game 3 drew a 4.2 in the Big Apple, well down from the 6.2 for Game 1 on the NBC Sports Network.

Sunday’s Game 4 between the Coyotes and Kings drew a 1.1 overnight, down 15% from last year’s Game 4 between the Canucks and Sharks, which was a 2-1 series, as opposed to the 3-0 lead the Kings had heading in. The game drew a series high 2.7 in Los Angeles.

Overall, the Stanley Cup Playoffs on NBC averaged a 1.6 overnight over 12 telecasts, up 14% from 2011′s eight telecasts (1.4), and NBC’s best overnight average ever for post-season coverage.

(Source: @AustinKarp)

Stanley Cup Playoff Ratings on NBC Since 2006

2012
April 14 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 2:
1.5
April 15 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 3:
1.5
April 15 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3:
2.3
April 21 – Washington vs. Boston, Game 5:
1.5
April 22 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6:
2.4
April 23 – Boston vs. Washington, Game 6:
2.5
April 29 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 1:
1.5
April 30 – New Jersey vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.9
May 6 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 4: 1.6
May 7 – St. Louis vs. Los Angeles, Game 4: 1.0
May 19 – NY Rangers vs. New Jersey, Game 3: 1.3
May 20 – Phoenix vs. Los Angeles, Game 4:
1.1
Average: 1.6

2011
Apr. 16 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.1 
Apr. 17 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
Apr. 23 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 5: 1.3
Apr. 24 – Philadelphia vs. Buffalo, Game 6: 1.6
Apr. 30 – Boston vs. Philadelphia, Game 1: 1.5
May 1 – Detroit vs. San Jose, Game 2: 1.6
May 21 – Boston vs. Tampa Bay, Game 4: 1.5
May 22 – Vancouver vs. San Jose, Game 4: 1.3
Average: 1.4

2010
Apr. 17 – Boston vs. Buffalo, Game 2: 
1.2
Apr. 18 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 3: 1.5
Apr. 24 – Nashville vs. Chicago, Game 5: 1.3
Apr. 25 – Phoenix vs. Detroit, Game 6: 1.3
May 1 – Philadelphia vs. Boston, Game 1: 1.6
May 2 – Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 1.6
May 16 – Chicago vs. San Jose, Game 1: 1.7
May 22 – Philadelphia vs. Montreal, Game 4: 1.6
May 23 – San Jose vs. Chicago, Game 4: 2.0
Average: 1.5

2009

Apr. 18 – NY Rangers vs. Washington, Game 2: 1.0
Apr. 19 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 3: 1.7
Apr. 25 – Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia, Game 6: 1.2
Apr. 26 – Washington vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 1.0
May 2 – Pittsburgh vs. Washington, Game 1: 1.4
May 3 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 2: 1.3
May 17 – Chicago vs. Detroit, Game 1: 2.0
May 24 – Detroit vs. Chicago, Game 4: 1.5
Average: 1.3

2008
April 12 – Nashville vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 13 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 2: 
1.0
April 19 – Philadelphia vs. Washington, Game 5: 
1.2
April 20 – Detroit vs. Nashville, Game 6: 
1.3
April 26 – Colorado vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 27 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 2: 
1.2 
May 4 – NY Rangers vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 
1.5
May 17 – Dallas vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.5
May 18 – Philadelphia vs. Pittsburgh, Game 5: 1.7
Average: 1.2

2007
April 14 – Regional Coverage (PIT vs. OTT, NYR vs. ATL): 
1.2
April 15 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.4
April 21 – Calgary vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
0.9
April 22 – New Jersey vs. Tampa Bay, Game 6: 
1.1
April 28 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 2: 
1.0
April 29 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 3: 
1.3
May 5 – San Jose vs. Detroit, Game 5: 
1.4
May 6 – Buffalo vs. NY Rangers, Game 6: 
1.4
May 19 – Ottawa vs. Buffalo, Game 5: 
0.9
May 20 – Anaheim vs. Detroit, Game 5: 1.4
Average: 1.2

2006
April 22 – Regional Coverage (NYR vs. NJ, COL vs. DAL): 
1.3
April 23 – Regional Coverage (EDM vs. DET, SJ vs. NSH): 
1.5
April 29 – Regional Coverage (NJ vs. NYR, EDM vs. DET): 
1.2
April 30 – Regional Coverage (PHI vs. BUF, COL vs. DAL): 
1.5
May 6 – New Jersey vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.1
May 7 – Colorado vs. Anaheim, Game 2: 
0.9
May 13 – Carolina vs. New Jersey, Game 4:
 1.0
May 20 – Buffalo vs. Carolina, Game 1: 
1.2
Average: 1.2

Your Announcers and Open Thread for Day 37 of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Phoenix vs. Los Angeles, Game 4, 3:00 p.m. ET

US National TV: NBC
Play by Play: Dave Strader
Color: Darren Pang
Inside the Glass: Brian Engblom

Canada National TV: CBC
Play by Play: Bob Cole
Color: Gary Galley
Reporter: Scott Oake

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