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2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs TV and Announcer Schedule

The 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs have arrived!

Starting April 10 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 eighth consecutive year, every NHL Stanley Cup Playoff game will be presented nationally across NBC Sports platforms and select NBCUniversal networks.

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.

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.

Six-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.

EASTERN CONFERENCE
The Tampa Bay Lightning, having earned the Presidents’ Trophy and home-ice advantage throughout the playoffs, finished their historic season with 62 wins and 128 points, tying the mark set by the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings and falling just short of the 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens’ record 132 points. Columbus head coach John Tortorella faces his former Tampa Bay team in the first round.

After a 10-year drought, the Carolina Hurricanes are back in the playoffs.

The Boston Bruins and Toronto Maple Leafs meet for the second straight postseason and third time since 2013. Boston has won the previous two playoff matchups in seven games.

The New York Islanders will have home-ice advantage in a postseason series for the first time since the 1987-88 playoffs. In the first round, they’ll face their 2013 playoff opponent Pittsburgh Penguins.

WESTERN CONFERENCE
The Nashville Predators claimed the Central Division for the second straight year.

After finding themselves dead last in the NHL on Jan. 3, the St. Louis Blues recovered and went on a run, thanks to Craig Berube and Jordan Binnington, and are in the postseason.

Out in the Pacific, the Colorado Avalanche will face a tough test against the Calgary Flames, the top team in the conference. Calgary won all three of the meetings between these two teams during the regular season. This is the first time since 2006 that the Avalanche have qualified for the playoffs in two consecutive seasons.

The San Jose Sharks and Vegas Golden Knights meet for the second spring in a row. Vegas won last year’s meeting in six game en route to advancing to the Stanley Cup Final.

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

Updated Sun., Apr. 21, 2019 11:15 p.m. EDT

First Round: Monday, April 22, 2019

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 6 — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#1] Washington Capitals @ [#4] Carolina Hurricanes
Announcers: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

8:30 p.m. on CNBC: Western Conference Game 6 — Central Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#1] Nashville Predators @ [#4] Dallas Stars
Announcers: Brendan Burke, Joe Micheletti, AJ Mleczko

First Round: Tuesday, April 23, 2019

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 7 — Atlantic Division
[#3] Toronto Maple Leafs @ [#2] Boston Bruins
Announcers: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Brian Boucher

10:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 7 — Pacific Division
[#3] Vegas Golden Knights @ [#2] San Jose Sharks
Announcers: Alex Faust, Mike Johnson


PRIOR GAMES

First Round: Wednesday, April 10, 2019

7:00 p.m. on USA Network: Eastern Conference Game 1 — Atlantic Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#4] Columbus Blue Jackets @ [#1] Tampa Bay Lightning
Announcers: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 1 — Metropolitan Division
[#3] Pittsburgh Penguins @ [#2] New York Islanders
Announcers: Kenny Albert, AJ Mleczko, Brian Boucher

8:00 p.m. on NHL Network: Western Conference Game 1 — Central Division
[#3] St. Louis Blues @ [#2] Winnipeg Jets
Announcers: Dave Randorf, Louie DeBrusk, Scott Oake

9:30 p.m. on USA Network: Western Conference Game 1 — Central Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#4] Dallas Stars @ [#1] Nashville Predators
Announcers: Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 1 — Pacific Division
[#3] Vegas Golden Knights @ [#2] San Jose Sharks
Announcers: Alex Faust, Mike Johnson

First Round: Thursday, April 11, 2019

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 1 — Atlantic Division
[#3] Toronto Maple Leafs @ [#2] Boston Bruins
Announcers: Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher

7:30 p.m. on USA Network: Eastern Conference Game 1 — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#4] Carolina Hurricanes @ [#1] Washington Capitals
Announcers: Brendan Burke, Pierre McGuire

10:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 1 — Pacific Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#4] Colorado Avalanche @ [#1] Calgary Flames
Announcers: Gord Miller, Ray Ferarro

First Round: Friday, April 12, 2019

7:00 p.m. on CNBC: Eastern Conference Game 2 — Atlantic Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#4] Columbus Blue Jackets @ [#1] Tampa Bay Lightning
Announcers: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 2 — Metropolitan Division
[#3] Pittsburgh Penguins @ [#2] New York Islanders
Announcers: Kenny Albert, AJ
Mleczko, Brian Boucher

9:30 p.m. on CNBC: Western Conference Game 2 — Central Division
[#3] St. Louis Blues @ [#2] Winnipeg Jets
Announcers: Gord Miller,
Ray Ferraro

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 2 — Pacific Division
[#3] Vegas Golden Knights @ [#2] San Jose Sharks
Announcers: Alex Faust,
Mike Johnson

First Round: Saturday, April 13, 2019

3:00 p.m. on NBC: Eastern Conference Game 2 — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#4] Carolina Hurricanes @ [#1] Washington Capitals
Announcers: Brendan Burke,
Pierre McGuire

6:00 p.m. on CNBC: Western Conference Game 2 — Central Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#4] Dallas Stars @ [#1] Nashville Predators
Announcers: Chris Cuthbert,
Joe Micheletti

8:00 p.m. on NBC: Eastern Conference Game 2 — Atlantic Division
[#3] Toronto Maple Leafs @ [#2] Boston Bruins
Announcers: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike
Milbury, Brian Boucher

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 2 — Pacific Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#4] Colorado Avalanche @ [#1] Calgary Flames
Announcers: Gord Miller,
Ray Ferraro

First Round: Sunday, April 14, 2019

12:00 p.m. on NBC: Eastern Conference Game 3 — Metropolitan Division
[#2] New York Islanders @ [#3] Pittsburgh Penguins
Announcers: Kenny Albert, AJ
Mleczko, Pierre McGuire

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 3 — Atlantic Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#1] Tampa Bay Lightning @ [#4] Columbus Blue Jackets
Announcers: John Forslund,
Brian Boucher

7:30 p.m. on CNBC: Western Conference Game 3 — Central Division
[#2] Winnipeg Jets @ [#3] St. Louis Blues
Announcers: Chris Cuthbert,
Joe Micheletti

10:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 3 — Pacific Division
[#2] San Jose Sharks @ [#3] Vegas Golden Knights
Announcers: Alex Faust,
Mike Johnson

First Round: Monday, April 15, 2019

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 3 — Atlantic Division
[#2] Boston Bruins @ [#3] Toronto Maple Leafs
Announcers: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher

7:00 p.m. on CNBC: Eastern Conference Game 3 — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#1] Washington Capitals @ [#4] Carolina Hurricanes
Announcers: Brendan Burke, Pierre McGuire

9:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 3 — Central Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#1] Nashville Predators @ [#4] Dallas Stars
Announcers: Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti, AJ Mleczko

10:00 p.m. on CNBC: Western Conference Game 3 — Pacific Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#1] Calgary Flames @ [#4] Colorado Avalanche
Announcers: Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro

First Round: Tuesday, April 16, 2019

7:00 p.m. on CNBC: Eastern Conference Game 4 — Atlantic Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#1] Tampa Bay Lightning @ [#4] Columbus Blue Jackets
Announcers: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire

7:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 4 — Metropolitan Division
[#2] New York Islanders @ [#3] Pittsburgh Penguins
Announcers: Mike Tirico, Eddie Olczyk, Brian Boucher

9:30 p.m. on CNBC: Western Conference Game 4 — Central Division
[#2] Winnipeg Jets @ [#3] St. Louis Blues
Announcers: Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro

10:30 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 4 — Pacific Division
[#2] San Jose Sharks @ [#3] Vegas Golden Knights
Announcers: Alex Faust, Mike Johnson

First Round: Wednesday, April 17, 2019

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 4 — Atlantic Division
[#2] Boston Bruins @ [#3] Toronto Maple Leafs
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher, Mike Milbury

8:00 p.m. on USA Network: Western Conference Game 4 — Central Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#1] Nashville Predators @ [#4] Dallas Stars
Announcers: Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti, AJ Mleczko

10:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 4 — Pacific Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#1] Calgary Flames @ [#4] Colorado Avalanche
Announcers: Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro

First Round: Thursday, April 18, 2019

7:00 p.m.: Eastern Conference Game 4 — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#1] Washington Capitals @ [#4] Carolina Hurricanes
Announcers: Kenny Albert, Pierre McGuire

8:30 p.m. on USA Network: Western Conference Game 5 — Central Division
[#3] St. Louis Blues @ [#2] Winnipeg Jets
Announcers: Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro

10:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 5 — Pacific Division
[#3] Vegas Golden Knights @ [#2] San Jose Sharks
Announcers: Alex Faust, Mike Johnson

First Round: Friday, April 19, 2019

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Eastern Conference Game 5 — Atlantic Division
[#3] Toronto Maple Leafs @ [#2] Boston Bruins
Announcers: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Brian Boucher, Mike Milbury

10:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 5 — Pacific Division winner/Conference best record vs. lowest Wild Card
[#4] Colorado Avalanche @ [#1] Calgary Flames
Announcers: Gord Miller, Ray Ferraro

First Round: Saturday, April 20, 2019

3:00 p.m. on NBC: Western Conference Game 5 — Central Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#4] Dallas Stars @ [#1] Nashville Predators
Announcers: Chris Cuthbert, Joe Micheletti, AJ Mleczko

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 6 — Central Division
[#3] St. Louis Blues @ [#2] Winnipeg Jets
Announcers: Brendan Burke, Ray Ferraro

8:00 p.m. on NBC: Eastern Conference Game 5 — Metropolitan Division winner vs. highest Wild Card
[#4] Carolina Hurricanes @ [#1] Washington Capitals
Announcers: John Forslund, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire

First Round: Sunday, April 21, 2019

3:00 p.m. on NBC: Eastern Conference Game 6 — Atlantic Division
[#2] Boston Bruins @ [#3] Toronto Maple Leafs
Announcers: Mike “Doc” Emrick, Brian Boucher

7:00 p.m. on NBCSN: Western Conference Game 6 — Pacific Division
[#2] San Jose Sharks @ [#3] Vegas Golden Knights
Announcers: Alex Faust, Mike Johnson

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  1. Thanks, Douglas for the schedule should be a very interesting playoff run just like last year. Wednesday is loaded with five games as I can’t wait to see the ole barn jumping on Long Island against Sidney Crosby. Hopefully, the Leafs can finally get their revenge against Boston this year and I can’t wait to see those hot crowds in Nashville and Vegas.

  2. Did the announcer on this Hurricanes/Capitals game just say that the Hurricanes had a full house, “to watch their bunch of jerks” clinch a playoff spot? We played it back several times and that’s what it sounds like. First period, Game 3. How does an announcer get away with saying that?