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by Paul on 04/09/07 at 11:11 AM ET
added 2:59pm, To clear up the blackout rule regarding Versus- The first round local carriers are not blacked out. The 2nd round, Versus can choose two games from each series and it televised, Versus will have the exclusive rights to those games.
STAMFORD, Conn. (April 9, 2007) - VERSUS, the national cable television home of the NHL, today announced the network’s schedule for the 2007 Stanley Cup Playoff Conference Quarterfinal round, which begins on Wednesday, April 11 with VERSUS’ pre-game studio show “Hockey Central” at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by a double-header at 7 p.m. ET when the Ottawa Senators host the Pittsburgh Penguins and at 10 p.m. with the Dallas Stars at the Vancouver Canucks. Each week night VERSUS will feature one to two playoff games, as well the studio wrap-up show, “Hockey Central”.
VERSUS anticipates airing up to 52 playoff games, as well as the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. The number of playoff games will vary depending upon the length of each individual series.
The complete schedule for the NHL Playoffs Quarterfinal round follows (subject to change):
DAY DATE TIME GAMES CONFERENCE
Wednesday April 11 7 p.m. ET Pittsburgh at Ottawa, Game 1 Eastern
10 p.m. ET Dallas at Vancouver, Game 1 Western
Thursday April 12 7 p.m. ET Calgary at Detroit, Game 1 Western
Friday April 13 9 p.m. ET Dallas at Vancouver, Game 2 Western
Saturday April 14 7:30 p.m. ET Islanders at Buffalo, Game 2 Eastern
Sunday April 15 6 p.m. ET Ottawa at Pittsburgh, Game 3 Eastern
8:30 p.m. ET Vancouver at Dallas, Game 3 Western
Monday April 16 7:30 p.m. ET Buffalo at Islanders, Game 3 Eastern
10 p.m. ET Nashville at San Jose, Game 3 Western
Tuesday April 17 7 p.m. ET Ottawa at Pittsburgh, Game 4 Eastern
10 p.m. ET Detroit at Calgary, Game 3 Western
Wednesday April 18 7:30 p.m. ET Buffalo at Islanders, Game 4 Eastern
10 p.m. ET Nashville at San Jose, Game 4 Western
Thursday April 19 7 p.m. ET Pittsburgh at Ottawa, Game 5* Eastern
9:30 p.m. ET Detroit at Calgary, Game 4 Western
12 a.m. ET (JIP) Dallas at Vancouver, Game 5* Western
Friday April 20 7 p.m. ET Islanders at Buffalo, Game 5* Eastern
9:30 p.m. ET (JIP) San Jose at Nashville, Game 5* Western
Saturday April 21 8 p.m. ET Vancouver at Dallas, Game 6* Western
Sunday April 22 7 p.m. ET Buffalo at Islanders, Game 6* Eastern
9:30 p.m. ET (JIP) Detroit at Calgary, Game 6* Western
11:30 p.m. ET (JIP) Nashville at San Jose, Game 6* Western
Monday April 23 7 p.m. ET Rangers at Atlanta, Game 7* Eastern
10 p.m. ET Dallas at Vancouver, Game 7* Western
Tuesday April 24 7 p.m. ET Calgary at Detroit, Game 7* Western
9:30 p.m. ET San Jose at Nashville, Game 7* Western
*Games subject to change as best of seven series may be over
**Please note on the following dates: April 19 Detroit/Calgary and Dallas/Vancouver; April 22 Detroit/Calgary; April 23 Dallas/Vancouver; April 24 San Jose/Nashville that times are tentative and subject to change.
In the Conference Quarterfinals, which begin on April 11, VERSUS anticipates covering 15 to 20 games. This is also true of the Conference Semifinals, which are scheduled to begin on April 25. During the Conference Finals, that are scheduled to begin on May 10, the network will present both series, anywhere between 6 to 12 games. VERSUS’ Stanley Cup coverage will culminate with the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final. All games in each series will be presented in hi-definition. VERSUS will, when feasible, simulcast games from Canadian networks to give viewers the unique perspective of other network’s coverage.
The network’s studio show, “Hockey Central”, is hosted by Bill Clement with Keith Jones and Brian Engblom and will once again provide extensive insight and commentary of the games and what’s happening around the NHL, and also feature a number of unique production features. VERSUS will also, on occasion, bring players and coaches into the studio to serve as celebrity guest analysts. For the first two playoff games on VERSUS, Ken Hitchcock, current coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets will join the studio team. Hitchcock, who has been a head coach in both conferences and won a Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars, will bring valuable insight to the VERSUS studio show with the unique perspective of an active coach. Mark Messier will join the studio team during the network’s telecasts of the Stanley Cup Final games. Among the regular segments of the studio show are the following:
Face-Off, a regular debate between the studio talent on the hot topics in the NHL;
Plays of the Week, a weekly musical tribute to the best plays of the past week and
Marquee Match-Ups, which previews key NHL games not televised by VERSUS during the week.
Each night VERSUS features a playoff match-up, the network will deliver a condensed highlight version of the game that will be distributed via the network’s VOD platform. These will be available the morning after game play, so that hockey fans that may not have seen the previous night’s game won’t miss out on any of the playoff action.
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