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2018 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Second Round TV and Announcer Schedule

The 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue with Conference Semifinal action among the eight teams remaining.

Beginning with this round, the networks of NBC will have exclusivity to broadcasting every NHL playoff game.

The networks of NBC — NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA — will broadcast all the action in the United States.

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.

NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs across the networks of NBCUniversal is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 751,000 viewers through Sunday, Apr. 22, the best in four years through the first 12 days of the playoffs. Also, it’s up 1 percent from last year (743,000), and up 6 percent vs. 2016 (710,000).

First Round coverage of six telecasts on NBC, which concluded this past weekend, averaged a Total Audience Delivery of 1.905 million viewers, the best since 2015 (1.921 million), and up 15 percent vs. 2017 (1.653). NBC averaged a 1.13 household rating, up 13 percent vs. last year (1.00).

Game 6 between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia on NBC from Sunday, Apr. 22 is the most-watched game of the playoffs to date, averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 2.383 million viewers, the best afternoon First Round game in four years, and up 37% vs. the comparable game last year (Ott-Bos). TV-only viewership peaked with 3.132 million viewers from 5:30-5:45 pm ET.

NBCSN is averaging a Total Audience Delivery of 668,000 viewers for 20 games through 12 days, the best since 2012 (691,000 viewers) and up 9% vs. last year (596,000).

Through the first 13 days of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs (41 games), including two Game 6 matchups from Monday, Apr. 23, live streaming coverage has set records for uniques (1.2 million; up 56%), total live minutes (165 million; up 23%), and Average Minute Audience (22,800 viewers; up 35%).

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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 Semifinal round  of playoff action:

    Updated Wed., May 9. 2018 8:10 p.m. EDT

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins

    Game 1: Saturday, Apr. 27 3:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBC, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    NBC: Gord Miller, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher
    SportsNet: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 2: Monday, Apr. 30 7:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
    CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 3: Wednesday, May 2 7:00 p.m. at Boston on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
    CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 4: Friday, May 4 7:00 p.m. at Boston on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire
    CBC: Paul Romanuk (play-by-play), Garry Galley (analyst), Kyle Bukauskas (reporter)

    Game 5: Sunday, May 6 3:00 p.m. at Tampa Bay on NBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

    Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 26 7:00 p.m. at Washington, D.C. on NBCSN, CBC/SportsNet
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
    CBC/SportsNet: Rick Ball (play-by-play), Greg Millen (reporter), Christine Simpson (reporter)

    Game 2: Sunday, Apr. 29 3:00 p.m. at Washington, D.C. on NBC, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    CBC: Rick Ball (play-by-play), Greg Millen (reporter), Christine Simpson (reporter)

    Game 3: Tuesday, May 1 7:30 p.m. at Pittsburgh on NBCSN, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet: Rick Ball (play-by-play), Greg Millen (reporter), Christine Simpson (reporter)

    Game 4: Thursday, May 4 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh on NBCSN, SportsNet
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire
    SportsNet: Rick Ball (play-by-play), Greg Millen (reporter), Christine Simpson (reporter)

    Game 5: Saturday, May 5 7:15 p.m. at Washington, D.C. on NBC
    Announcers:
    NBC: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire

    Game 6: Monday, May 7 7:00 p.m. at Pittsburgh on NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike Milbury, Pierre McGuire

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    Nashville Predators vs. Winnipeg Jets

    Game 1: Friday, Apr. 27 8:00 p.m. at Nashville on NBCSN, CBC/SportsNet 360
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
    CBC/SportsNet 360: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 2: Sunday, Apr. 29 7:00 p.m. at Nashville on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 3: Tuesday, May 1 8:00 p.m. at Winnipeg on CNBC, CBC
    Announcers:
    CNBC: Chris Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 4: Thursday, May 4 9:30 p.m. at Winnipeg on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher
    CBC: Jim Hughson (play-by-play), Craig Simpson (analyst), Cassie Campbell-Pascall (analyst), Scott Oake (reporter)

    Game 5: Saturday, May 5 9:30 p.m. at Nashville on NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher

    Game 6: Monday, May 7 9:30 p.m. at Winnipeg on NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Chris Cuthbert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher, Jeremy Roenick

    Game 7: Thursday, May 10 8:00 p.m. at Nashville on NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: Kenny Albert, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

    Vegas Golden Knights vs. San Jose Sharks

    Game 1: Thursday, Apr. 26 10:00 p.m. at Las Vegas on NBCSN, CBC/SportsNet
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund,
    Joe Micheletti

    CBC/SportsNet: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Louie DeBrusk (analyst), Dan Murphy (reporter)

    Game 2: Saturday, Apr. 28 8:00 p.m. at Las Vegas on NBC, CBC/SportsNet/Omni
    Announcers:
    NBC: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Joe Micheletti, Jeremy Roenick
    CBC/SportsNet/Omni: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Louie DeBrusk (analyst), Dan Murphy (reporter)

    Game 3: Monday, Apr. 30 10:00 p.m. at San Jose on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
    CBC: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Louie DeBrusk (analyst), Dan Murphy (reporter)

    Game 4: Wednesday, May 2 10:00 p.m. at San Jose on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund,
    Joe Micheletti

    CBC: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Louie DeBrusk (analyst), Dan Murphy (reporter)

    Game 5: Friday, May 4 10:00 p.m. at Las Vegas on NBCSN, CBC
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund,
    Joe Micheletti

    CBC: Dave Randorf (play-by-play), Louie DeBrusk (analyst), Dan Murphy (reporter)

    Game 6: Sunday, May 6 7:30 p.m. at San Jose on NBCSN
    Announcers:
    NBCSN: John Forslund,
    Joe Micheletti


    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. NOT IMPRESSED NBC!!! NBC: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Joe Micheletti, Jeremy Roenick. Commentators job is to provide Live play announcing 2 teams action NOT be focused on 1 team. Round 2, game 2 Vegas vs San Jose sports cast WAS FOCUSED ON 1 team, San Jose. SERIOUSLY????? I remember why I don’t like NBC sports commentators!!!!

    2. Why did the Presidents trophey winners get the C team? AJ is an awful commentator. So one sided.