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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Conference Finals TV and Announcer Schedule

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  • The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with Conference Final action as it’s now down to the final four.

    In the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning were a popular pick to reach and/or win the Stanley Cup in pre-season predictions, while their opponent this series, the Washington Capitals finally defeated their longtime postseason rival Pittsburgh Penguins and reached their first conference final in 20 years.

    The Western Conference Final features two of the unlikeliest teams to reach this point: the expansion Vegas Golden Knights and the Winnipeg Jets. Back in August 2017, the Jets (at 40-1 odds) — which missed last year’s NHL postseason — and the Golden Knights (200-1) — which did not yet have players, as of one year prior — were both considered long shots to win the Stanley Cup.

    NBC and NBCSN are the NHL’s exclusive broadcast networks for the rest of the playoffs in the United States. In Canada, it’s SportsNet, CBC and OMNI.

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

    Updated Fri., May 18, 2018 5:00 p.m. EDT

    EASTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

    Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Washington Capitals

    Game 1: Friday, May 11 8:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBCSN, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
    SportsNet/CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 2: Sunday, May 13 8:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBCSN, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
    SportsNet/CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 3: Tuesday, May 15 8:00 p.m. at Washington on NBCSN, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet/CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 4: Thursday, May 17 8:00 p.m. at Washington on NBCSN, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet/CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 5: Saturday, May 19 7:15 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBC, CBC/OMNI
    Announcers:
    NBC: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    CBC/OMNI: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 6: Monday, May 21 8:00 p.m. at Washington on NBCSN, SportsNet One/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet One/CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 7: Wednesday, May 23 8:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBCSN, SportsNet One/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet One/CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    WESTERN CONFERENCE FINAL

    Winnipeg Jets vs. Vegas Golden Knights

    Game 1: Saturday, May 12 7:00 p.m. at Winnipeg on NBC, CBC/OMNI
    Announcers:
    NBC: Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Pierre McGuire
    CBC/OMNI: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 2: Monday, May 14 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg on NBCSN, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet/CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 3: Wednesday, May 16 9:00 p.m. at Vegas on NBCSN, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Boucher
    SportsNet/CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 4: Friday, May 18 8:00 p.m. at Vegas on NBCSN, SportsNet One/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Boucher
    SportsNet One/CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 5: Sunday, May 20 3:00 p.m. at Winnipeg on NBC, SportsNet/CBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: Kenny Albert, Joe Micheletti, Brian Boucher
    SportsNet/CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 6: Tuesday, May 22 9:00 p.m. at Vegas on NBCSN, SportsNet One/CBC (if necessary)
    Announcers:
    NBCSN:
    SportsNet One/CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 7: Thursday, May 24 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg on NBCSN, SportsNet One/CBC (if necessary)
    Announcers:
    NBCSN:
    SportsNet One/CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

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