NBC releases its NHL playoff schedule for the first round; All games will be televised nationally
Longtime NHL voice Chuck Kaiton projects first round winners; See schedule of games, times and channels, including assigned talent
NBC releases its NHL Playoff schedule for the first round. All games will have a national home
NBC Sports Group’s coverage of the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs begins tonight with five first round games. It marks the first night of two months of Stanley Cup playoff hockey.
To televise as many as five games on a given date during the first round, NBC Sports Group will present matchups on NBC, NBCSN, and NHL Network, as well as NBCUniversal’s USA Network, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app, NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and Connected TVs – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, and CNBC via “TV Everywhere.”
Doc Emrick, NBC’s lead hockey voice, was asked on this week’s media conference call whether hockey, because it’s played at an eye-blinking pace, is the most difficult game to call of the four major sports . Emrick’s answer:
No, hockey is easiest to do because:
- It doesn’t require unraveling a pileup
- There’s no need to fill time between pitches
- Hockey broadcasters don’t have to deal with multiple timeouts in the final 2 minutes
Chuck Kaiton was the first voice of the Hartford Whalers when they became members of the NHL in 1979. He then moved with the franchise to Carolina in 1997 where it became the Hurricanes. Kaiton spent 39 seasons calling the team’s games on radio, leaving at the end of last season. Chuck painted a magnificent word picture and is greatly respected around the league. In 2004, he was given the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award by the Hockey Hall of Fame for making outstanding contributions to hockey broadcasting.
Kaiton still follows the game very closely and was kind enough to project the winners of the first round. They’re listed below in parenthesis.
First round on-air talent:
Columbus-Tampa (Lightning in 6, Best play making team in the league)
John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
Pittsburgh-New York Isles (Islanders in 7, Tight defense will be the difference)
Kenny Albert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
St. Louis-Winnipeg (Jets in 6..Speed and physicality will rule the day)
Dave Randorf, Louie DeBrusk, Scott Oake
Dallas-Nashville (Preds in 5 Goaltending and defense give them the edge)
Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti
Vegas-San Jose (Golden Knights in 6 Tough to bet against M.A. Fleury and team swagger)
Alex Faust, Mike Johnson
Toronto-Boston (Bruins in 6, Discipline beats run and gun anytime)
Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
Carolina-Washington (Capitals in 6 Experience is the best teacher)
Brendan Burke, Pierre McGuire
Colorado-Calgary (Flames in 6 Calgary has better scoring depth)
Gord Miller, Ray Ferarro
Following is NBC Sports Group’s Stanley Cup playoffs first round television schedule through Wed, April 17th.
Wed April 10
Game 1 – Columbus at Tampa Bay, USA Network, 7 p.m.
Game 1 – Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Game 1 – St. Louis at Winnipeg, NHL Network, 8 p.m.
Game 1 – Dallas at Nashville, USA Network, 9:30 p.m.
Game 1 – Vegas at San Jose, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Thu April 11
Game 1 – Toronto at Boston, NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Game 1 – Carolina at Washington, USA Network, 7:30 p.m.
Game 1 – Colorado at Calgary, NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Fri April 12
Game 2 – Columbus at Tampa Bay CNBC, 7 p.m.
Game 2 – Pittsburgh at NY Islanders, NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – St. Louis at Winnipeg, CNBC, 9:30 p.m.
Game 2 – Vegas at San Jose, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Sat April 13
Game 2 – Carolina at Washington, NBC, 3 p.m.
Game 2 – Dallas at Nashville, CNBC, 6 p.m.
Game 2 – Toronto at Boston, NBC, 8 p.m.
Game 2 – Colorado at Calgary, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Sun April 14
Game 3 – N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, NBC, 12 p.m.
Game 3 – Tampa Bay at Columbus, NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Winnipeg at St. Louis, CNBC, 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – San Jose at Vegas, NBCSN, 10 p.m.
Mon April 15
Game 3 – Boston at Toronto, NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Washington at Carolina, CNBC, 7 p.m.
Game 3 – Nashville at Dallas, NBCSN, 9:30 p.m.
Game 3 – Calgary at Colorado, CNBC, 10 p.m.
Tue April 16
Game 4 – Tampa Bay at Columbus, CNBC, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh, NBCSN, 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – Winnipeg at St. Louis, CNBC, 9:30 p.m.
Game 4 – San Jose at Vegas, NBCSN, 10:30 p.m.
Wed April 17
Game 4 – Boston at Toronto, NBCSN, 7 p.m.
Game 4 – Nashville at Dallas, USA Network, 8 p.m.
Game 4 – Calgary at Colorado, NBCSN, 10 p.m.
If Doc Emrick says it, I’m inclined to believe it.
But I think he’s wrong!