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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round TV and Announcer Schedule

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived!

Starting April 11 and for the next two months, up to 16 teams — eight from each the Eastern and Western conferences — will vie for the coveted Stanley Cup trophy. For the seventh consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across NBC Sports platforms and select NBCUniversal networks.

During April, May, and June, NBC Sports Group will televise as many as 105 playoff games — potentially more than 260 hours of programming.

Overall, coverage will be presented on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network, as well as USA Network and CNBC – each outlet will be utilized during first- and second-round coverage.

Five-time Emmy Award-winning play-by-play commentator Mike “Doc” Emrick, U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and analyst Eddie Olczyk, and Emmy Award-winning ‘Inside-the-Glass’ analyst Pierre McGuire will serve as the lead commentary team throughout the postseason and into the Stanley Cup Final.

Locally, NBC Sports Regional Networks will surround the Flyers (NBC Sports Philadelphia), Capitals (NBC Sports Washington), Bruins (NBC Sports Boston), and Sharks (NBC Sports California) with first-round game coverage and in-depth live-event news coverage.

Local blackouts for first-round games on cable no longer apply (excluding Las Vegas and Pittsburgh), so fans in all markets will have the ability to watch or stream their team on NBC Sports’ national telecasts and digital platforms.

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  • The following are the scheduled game start times (all times Eastern; start times subject to change), respective networks for the Conference Quarterfinal round  of playoff action:

    Updated Mon., Apr. 23, 2018 2:30 p.m. EDT

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New Jersey Devils
    Eastern Conference — Atlantic Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 12 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NHL Network, Fox Sports Sun, MSG
    Announcers:
    NHL: Rick Peckham, Brian Engblom
    Fox Sports Sun: Rick Peckham, Brian Engblom
    MSG: Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko

    Game 2: Saturday, Apr. 14 3:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBC/CNBC
    Announcers:
    NBC/CNBC: Gord Miller,
    Joe Micheletti

    Game 3: Monday, Apr. 16 7:30 p.m. at New Jersey on CNBC, Fox Sports Sun, MSG
    Announcers:
    CNBC: John Walton, Darren Pang
    Fox Sports Sun: Rick Peckham, Brian Engblom
    MSG: Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko

    Game 4: Wednesday, Apr. 18 7:30 p.m. at New Jersey on Golf Channel, Fox Sports Sun, MSG
    Announcers:
    Golf Channel: John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
    Fox Sports Sun: Rick Peckham, Brian Engblom
    MSG: Steve Cangialosi, Ken Daneyko

    Game 5: Saturday, Apr. 21 3:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBC/NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBC/NBCSN: Gord Miller,
    Joe Micheletti


    Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs
    Atlantic Division — 2nd place vs. 3rd place

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 12 7:00 p.m. at Boston on NBCSN, NESN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    NESN: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Alex Kraemer
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 2: Saturday, Apr. 14 8:00 p.m. at Boston on NBC, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 3: Monday, Apr. 16 7:00 p.m. at Toronto on NBCSN, NESN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
    NESN: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Alex Kraemer
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 4: Thursday, Apr. 19 7:00 p.m. at Toronto on NBCSN, NESN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Pierre McGuire, Eddie Olczyk
    NESN: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Alex Kraemer
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 5: Saturday, Apr. 21 8:00 p.m. at Boston on NBC, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 6: Monday, Apr. 23 7:00 p.m. at Toronto on NBCSN, NESN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre Olczyk
    NESN: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Alex Kraemer
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 7: Wednesday, Apr. 25 7:30 p.m. at Boston on NBCSN, NESN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    NESN: Jack Edwards, Andy Brickley, Alex Kraemer
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)
    NBC Sports Radio: Dave Goucher (play-by-play), Kelly Chase (analyst)

    Washington Capitals vs. Columbus Blue Jackets
    Eastern Conference — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 12 7:30 p.m. at Washington, D.C. on USA Network, NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Ohio
    Announcers:
    USA: Gord Miller, Joe Micheletti
    NBC Sports Washington: Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, Al Koken, Alan May
    Fox Sports Ohio: Jeff Rimmer, Jody Shelley

    Game 2: Sunday, Apr. 15 7:30 p.m. at Washington, D.C. on CNBC, NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Ohio
    Announcers:
    CNBC: Ken Daniels, Darren Pang
    NBC Sports Washington: Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, Al Koken, Alan May
    Fox Sports Ohio: Jeff Rimmer, Jody Shelley

    Game 3: Tuesday, Apr. 17 7:30 p.m. at Columbus on NBCSN, NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Ohio
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Ken Daniels, Darren Pang
    NBC Sports Washington: Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin
    Fox Sports Ohio: Jeff Rimmer, Jody Shelley

    Game 4: Thursday, Apr. 19 7:30 p.m. at Columbus on USA Network, NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Ohio
    Announcers:
    USA Network: Ken Daniels, Darren Pang
    NBC Sports Washington: Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin
    Fox Sports Ohio: Jeff Rimmer, Jody Shelley

    Game 5: Saturday, Apr. 21 3:00 p.m. at Washington, D.C. on NBC/NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBC/NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, Ray Ferraro

    Game 6: Monday, Apr. 23 7:30 p.m. at Columbus on CNBC, NBC Sports Washington, Fox Sports Ohio
    Announcers:
    CNBC: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Joe Micheletti
    NBC Sports Washington: Joe Beninati, Craig Laughlin, Al Koken, Alan May
    Fox Sports Ohio: Jeff Rimmer, Jody Shelley

    Game 7: Wednesday, Apr. 25 TBD at Washington, D.C. (if necessary)

    Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
    Metropolitan Division — 2nd place vs. 3rd place

    Game 1: Wednesday, Apr. 11 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh on NBCSN, Root Sports Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Philadelphia
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
    Root Sports Pittsburgh: Steve Mears, Bob Errey, Dan Potash
    NBC Sports Philadelphia: Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Chris Therien

    Game 2: Friday, Apr. 13 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh on NBCSN, Root Sports Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Philadelphia
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
    Root Sports Pittsburgh: Steve Mears, Bob Errey, Dan Potash
    NBC Sports Philadelphia: Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Chris Therien

    Game 3: Sunday, Apr. 15 3:00 p.m. at Philadelphia
    on NBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

    Game 4: Wednesday, Apr. 18 7:00 p.m. at Philadelphia on NBCSN, Root Sports Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Philadelphia
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire
    Root Sports Pittsburgh: Steve Mears, Bob Errey, Dan Potash
    NBC Sports Philadelphia: Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Chris Therien

    Game 5: Friday, Apr. 20 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh on NBCSN, Root Sports Pittsburgh, NBC Sports Philadelphia
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
    Root Sports Pittsburgh: Steve Mears, Bob Errey, Dan Potash
    NBC Sports Philadelphia: Jim Jackson, Keith Jones, Chris Therien

    Game 6: Sunday, Apr. 22 TBD at Philadelphia on NBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Joe Micheletti

    Game 7: Tuesday, Apr. 24 TBD at Pittsburgh (if necessary)

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    Nashville Predators vs. Colorado Avalanche
    Western Conference — Central Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 12 9:30 p.m. at Nashville on NBCSN, Fox Sports Tennessee, Altitude
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
    Fox Sports Tennessee: Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson
    Altitude: Mike Haynes, Peter McNab

    Game 2: Saturday, Apr. 14 3:00 p.m. at Nashville on NBC/CNBC
    Announcers:
    NBC/CNBC: Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher

    Game 3: Monday, Apr. 16 10:00 p.m. at Colorado on NBCSN, Fox Sports Tennessee, Altitude
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher
    Fox Sports Tennessee: Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson
    Altitude: Mike Haynes, Peter McNab

    Game 4: Wednesday, Apr. 18 10:00 p.m. at Colorado on NBCSN, Fox Sports Tennessee, Altitude
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher
    Fox Sports Tennessee: Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson
    Altitude: Mike Haynes, Peter McNab

    Game 5: Friday, Apr. 20 9:30 p.m. at Nashville on NBCSN, Fox Sports Tennessee, Altitude
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
    Fox Sports Tennessee: Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson
    Altitude: Mike Haynes, Peter McNab

    Game 6: Sunday, Apr. 22 7:00 p.m. at Colorado on NBCSN, Fox Sports Tennessee, Altitude
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher
    Fox Sports Tennessee: Willy Daunic, Stu Grimson
    Altitude: Mike Haynes, Peter McNab

    Winnipeg Jets vs. Minnesota Wild
    Central Division — 2nd place vs. 3rd place

    Game 1: Wednesday, Apr. 11 7:00 p.m. at Winnipeg on CNBC, Fox Sports North, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    CNBC: Gord Miller, Darren Pang
    Fox Sports North: Anthony LaPanta, Mike Greenlay, Kevin Gorg
    SportsNet: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 2: Friday, Apr. 13 7:30 p.m. at Winnipeg on CNBC, Fox Sports North, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    CNBC: Dave Randforf, Louie Debrusk
    Fox Sports North: Anthony LaPanta, Mike Greenlay, Kevin Gorg
    SportsNet: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 3: Sunday, Apr. 15 7:00 p.m. at Minnesota on NBCSN, Fox Sports North, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Gord Miller,
    Joe Micheletti

    Fox Sports North: Anthony LaPanta, Mike Greenlay, Kevin Gorg
    SportsNet: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 4: Tuesday, Apr. 17 8:00 p.m. at Minnesota on CNBC, Fox Sports North, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    CNBC: Gord Miller,
    Joe Micheletti

    Fox Sports North: Anthony LaPanta, Mike Greenlay, Kevin Gorg
    SportsNet: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 5: Friday, Apr. 20 7:30 p.m. at Winnipeg on USA Network, Fox Sports North, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    USA Network: Dave Randorf, Louis Debrusk
    Fox Sports North: Anthony LaPanta, Mike Greenlay, Kevin Gorg
    SportsNet: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Vegas Golden Knights vs. Los Angeles Kings
    Western Conference — Pacific Division winner vs. highest Wild Card

    Game 1: Wednesday, Apr. 11 10:00 p.m. at Las Vegas on NBCSN, AT&T Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, Ray Ferraro
    AT&T Rocky Mountain: Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy, Dan D’Uva
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: Alex Faust, Jim Fox

    Game 2: Friday, Apr. 13 10:00 p.m. at Las Vegas on NBCSN, AT&T Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, Ray Ferraro
    AT&T Rocky Mountain: Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy, Dan D’Uva
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: Alex Faust, Jim Fox

    Game 3: Sunday, Apr. 15 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles on NBCSN, AT&T Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, Ray Ferraro
    AT&T Rocky Mountain: Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy, Dan D’Uva
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: Alex Faust, Jim Fox

    Game 4: Tuesday, Apr. 17 10:30 p.m. at Los Angeles on NBCSN, AT&T Rocky Mountain, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, Ray Ferraro
    AT&T Rocky Mountain: Dave Goucher, Shane Hnidy, Dan D’Uva
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: Alex Faust, Jim Fox

    Anaheim Ducks vs. San Jose Sharks
    Pacific Division — 2nd place vs. 3rd place

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 12 10:30 p.m. at Anaheim on USA Network, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime, NBC Sports California
    Announcers:
    USA: Brendan Burke, Mike Johnson
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: John Ahlers, Brian Hayward
    NBC Sports California: Randy Hahn, Bret Hedican

    Game 2: Saturday, Apr. 14 10:30 p.m. at Anaheim on NBCSN, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime, NBC Sports California
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Brendan Burke, Mike Johnson
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: John Ahlers, Brian Hayward
    NBC Sports California: Randy Hahn, Bret Hedican

    Game 3: Monday, Apr. 16 10:30 p.m. at San Jose on CNBC, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime, NBC Sports California
    Announcers:
    CNBC: Brendan Burke, Mike Johnson
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: John Ahlers, Brian Hayward
    NBC Sports California: Randy Hahn, Bret Hedican

    Game 4: Wednesday, Apr. 18 10:30 p.m. at San Jose on Golf Channel, Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime, NBC Sports California
    Announcers:
    Golf Channel: Brendan Burke, Mike Johnson
    Fox Sports West/Fox Sports Prime: John Ahlers, Brian Hayward
    NBC Sports California: Randy Hahn, Bret Hedican

    Written by Douglas Pucci

    Douglas Pucci (a.k.a. “Son of the Bronx”) has worked with Mr. Berman for more than a decade. A Bronx native, NYU graduate and once-intern for VH1's "Pop Up Video," Pucci went on to design, build and maintain websites for various non-profit organizations in his hometown of New York City. He also contributes to the sports website Awful Announcing.

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    1. As always thank you Son of the Bronx for these schedule posting they’re laid out very clearly and nicely. Can’t wait for the playoffs to begin on Wednesday across the NBC networks!

    2. I wish your announcers and analysts would focus a whole lot more on calling the play by play instead of just nattering away endlessly. Ferraro never shuts up, and Darren Pang is just as bad. Try calling the play, it’s so much better for the audience.