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First Round Schedule And Scenarios For The Stanley Cup Playoffs

NEW YORK (May 13, 2021) – The National Hockey League today announced the schedule scenarios, starting times and national broadcast information for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round based on the outcome of tonight’s Los Angeles Kings-Colorado Avalanche game. The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round will begin Saturday, May 15 with Game 1 between the Boston Bruins and Washington Capitals at 7:15 p.m. ET (NBC, SN, CBC, TVAS). All times listed are ET and subject to change.

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Starting times and national broadcast information for games listed TBD will be announced when available.

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May 13, 2021 – The time has come, Canada … #ItsOn! As the annual quest for Lord Stanley’s Cup begins in earnest this weekend, Sportsnet is set to deliver exclusive English-language national coverage of the unique 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs starting with the first round on Saturday, May 15 on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, Sportsnet 360, CBC, FX, FXX and OMNI, across the Sportsnet Radio Network and via stream on SN NOW and NHL Live.

As the exclusive national home of the NHL, Sportsnet will bring Canadian fans rinkside to experience hockey history in the making as four teams out of Canada’s Scotia North Division vie for a guaranteed trip to the Conference Finals – and beyond. The North’s first round series –Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets and Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens – hit the ice on May 19 and May 20, respectively, across Sportsnet’s TV, radio and streaming platforms. (full broadcast schedule below).

Delivering end-to-end action from every game of every series through to the 2021 Stanley Cup Final, Sportsnet’s exclusive multiplatform coverage of Round 1 of the Stanley Cup Playoffs includes:

Television & Streaming

From the Hockey Central studio – Hosts Ron MacLean and David Amber anchor pre-, intermission, and post-game commentary with rotating NHL on Sportsnet insiders and analysts: Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey, Kevin Bieksa, Jennifer Botterill, Anthony Stewart and Cassie Campbell-Pascall.
Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Montreal Canadiens – Play-by-play announcer Chris Cuthbert and game analyst Craig Simpson team up to deliver the call from Montreal and Toronto, with reporter Kyle Bukauskas serving up the latest news from the first-round series.
Edmonton Oilers vs. Winnipeg Jets – Harnarayan Singh delivers the play-by-play call alongside game analyst Louie DeBrusk throughout the Round 1 showdown. Gene Principe and Scott Oake report from Edmonton and Winnipeg, respectively.
US-US Series – John Bartlett and Garry Galley provide national play-by-play calls for select games from the East, West and Central Divisions.
In Punjabi – Randip Janda, Harpreet Pandher, Gurpreet Sian, Amrit Gill, Mantar Bhandal and Taqdeer Thindal deliver select Saturday night games on Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition on OMNI Television.

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STAMFORD, Conn. – May 13, 2021 – NBC Sports has announced its comprehensive coverage schedule for the start of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which begin this Saturday night in primetime on NBC immediately following The 146th Preakness Stakes, when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals host Brad Marchand and the Boston Bruins. This will be the 16th consecutive season that NBC Sports has presented the Stanley Cup Playoffs, and once again all games will be shown nationally.

Coverage continues Sunday with a Game 1 doubleheader on NBC beginning at noon ET, when Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins host Mathew Barzal and the New York Islanders.

The second half of Sunday’s doubleheader on NBC will feature the Minnesota Wild against either the Colorado Avalanche or the Vegas Golden Knights at 3 p.m. ET, depending on the outcome of tonight’s Avalanche-Kings game.

The East, Central and North Division seeding and matchups have all been determined, and networks and times are confirmed through Saturday, May 22. The top two seeds for the West Division will be determined tonight, but networks and times for the West Division series are finalized.

NBC Sports will feature roughly 20 game and studio commentators throughout the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. NHL Live will feature hosts Liam McHugh and Kathryn Tappen and analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Anson Carter, Patrick Sharp, Dominic Moore and Mike Babcock.

NBC Sports’ game commentary teams will include play-by-play announcers Kenny Albert, John Forslund, Brendan Burke, Alex Faust and John Walton, and analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Brian Boucher, Pierre McGuire, AJ Mleczko, Joe Micheletti and Dominic Moore.

Overall, coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as first- and second-round coverage on NBCUniversal’s USA Network and CNBC. NBC Sports’ coverage of Stanley Cup Playoff first-round games on NBCUniversal cable networks (NBCSN, USA Network and CNBC), as well as NHL Network, will air side-by-side with regional sports networks and will be available for streaming on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app in local markets alongside regional sports network game telecasts. All games on NBC are exclusive.

Following is NBC Sports’ coverage schedule of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs through Saturday, May 22.

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Sat., May 15 Game 1 – (3) Boston at (2) Washington NBC 7:15 p.m.
Sun., May 16 Game 1 – (4) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Pittsburgh NBC 12 p.m.
  Game 1 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Vegas/Colorado NBC 3 p.m.
  Game 1 – (3) Tampa Bay at (2) Florida NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Mon., May 17 Game 2 – (3) Boston at (2) Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  Game 1 – (4) Nashville at (1) Carolina CNBC 8 p.m.
  Game 1 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Vegas/Colorado USA Network 10 p.m.
Tues., May 18 Game 2 – (4) N.Y. Islanders at (1) Pittsburgh NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
  Game 2 – (3) Tampa Bay at (2) Florida CNBC 8 p.m.
  Game 2 – (4) Minnesota at (1) Vegas/Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Wed., May 19 Game 3 – (2) Washington at (3) Boston NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Game 2 – (4) Nashville at (1) Carolina CNBC 8 p.m.
  Game 1 – (3) Winnipeg at (2) Edmonton NBCSN 9 p.m.
  Game 2 – (3) St. Louis at (2) Vegas/Colorado CNBC 10:30 p.m.
Thu., May 20 Game 3 – (2) Florida at (3) Tampa Bay USA Network 6:30 p.m.
  Game 3 – (1) Pittsburgh at (4) N.Y. Islanders NBCSN 7 p.m.
  Game 1 – (4) Montreal at (1) Toronto* NHL Network 7:30 p.m.
  Game 3 – (1) Vegas/Colorado at (4) Minnesota NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Fri., May 21 Game 4 – (2) Washington at (3) Boston NBCSN 6:30 p.m.
  Game 3 – (1) Carolina at (4) Nashville USA Network 7 p.m.
  Game 2 – (3) Winnipeg at (2) Edmonton NBCSN 9 p.m.
  Game 3 – (2) Vegas/Colorado at (3) St. Louis USA Network 9:30 p.m.
Sat., May 22 Game 4 – (2) Florida at (3) Tampa Bay CNBC 12:30 p.m.
  Game 4 – (1) Pittsburgh at (4) N.Y. Islanders NBC 3 p.m.
  Game 2 – (4) Montreal at (1) Toronto CNBC 7 p.m.
  Game 4 – (1) Vegas/Colorado at (4) Minnesota NBC 8 p.m.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/13/21 at 11:48 AM ET

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Wow, Jim Hughson not in the mix for Sportsnet.

Posted by Paul from Motown Area on 05/13/21 at 12:44 PM ET

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