The NBC Sports Group's exclusive Conference Semifinal coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs begins tonight in Phoenix with a Western Conference match-up between the #3 Coyotes and the #4 Nashville Predators at 9 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. ET with NHL Live.
The Eastern Conference Semifinals begin tomorrow on NBC when the #1 Rangers host the #7 Washington Capitals at 3 p.m. ET. Western Conference action continues tomorrow night in St. Louis when the #2 Blues host the #8 Los Angeles Kings at 7:30 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network. On Sunday, the #6 New Jersey Devils and #4 Philadelphia Flyers begin their series in Philadelphia at 3 p.m. ET on NBC. Sunday night, the Coyotes host the Predators again in Game 2 of their series at 8 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network.
Mike 'Doc' Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire ('Inside-the-glass' analyst) will call both games on NBC this weekend - Capitals at Rangers on Saturday; Devils at Flyers on Sunday. John Forslund (play-by-play) and Joe Micheletti ('Inside-the-glass' analyst) will call both Predators-Coyotes games (tonight and Sunday night). Dave Strader (play-by-play) and Brian Engblom ('Inside-the-glass' analyst) will call Game 1 of Kings-Blues on Saturday night.
Beginning in the second round and continuing through the Stanley Cup Final, all remaining Stanley Cup Playoff games will air exclusively on NBC, NBC Sports Network or CNBC. Following is the current schedule for Conference Semifinal games. Scheduling for remaining second-round games is TBD (all times ET and subject to change):
Friday, April 27
9 p.m. Nas @ Pho Game 1 NBC Sports Network John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
Saturday, April 28
3 p.m. Was @ NYR Game 1 NBC Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
7:30 p.m. LA @ STL Game 1 NBC Sports Network Dave Strader, Brian Engblom
Sunday, April 29
3 p.m. NJ @ Phi Game 1 NBC Mike Emrick, Eddie Olczyk, Pierre McGuire
8 p.m. Nas @ Pho Game 2 NBC Sports Network John Forslund, Joe Micheletti
Monday, April 30
7:30 p.m. Was @ NYR Game 2 NBC Sports Network
9 p.m. LA @ STL Game 2 CNBC
Tuesday, May 1
7:30 p.m. NJ @ Phi Game 2 NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, May 2
7:30 p.m. NYR @ Was Game 3 NBC Sports Network
9 p.m. Pho @ Nas Game 3 CNBC
Thursday, May 3
7:30 p.m. Phi @ NJ Game 3 NBC Sports Network
10 p.m. STL @ LA Game 3 NBC Sports Network
Friday, May 4
7:30 p.m. Pho @ Nas Game 4 NBC Sports Network
Saturday, May 5
12:30 p.m. NYR @ Was Game 4 NBC
Sunday, May 6
3 p.m. STL @ LA Game 4 NBC
7:30 p.m. Phi @ NJ Game 4 NBC Sports Network
Monday, May 7
7:30 p.m. Was@NYR Game 5* NBC Sports Network
10 p.m. Nas @ Pho Game 5* NBC Sports Network
ENGBLOM ON BLUES-KINGS: "Goaltending wins championships. This series will prove that again."
ROENICK ON COYOTES-PREDATORS: "Battle of the two best goalies this year. These teams are eerily similar; teams that win through hard work and defense. This should be a tight series, but an exciting one."
JONES ON FLYERS: "Good news for the Flyers is they have sat and waited on three other Game 7s in the remaining series. Rest is on the side of the Flyers plus an opportunity to get healthier on their blue line. Nicklas Grossmann has been practicing with the team since missing games against the Penguins in the first round and looks to be available in round two."
JONES ON CAPITALS: "Great news for Capitals fans whose team knocked off the defending Stanley Cup champion Boston Bruins. Washington played a complete team game for all seven games in the first round. They are no longer Alexander Ovechkin's team. It is Dale Hunter's team now."
With all 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoff games airing nationally for the first time, the NBC Sports Group created a channel finder to help fans find NBC, NBC Sports Network or CNBC in their area by simply entering a zip code.
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PRE-GAME & POST-GAME COVERAGE
NHL Live, NBC Sports Network's NHL pre-game show, will air every game night at 6:30 p.m. ET. NHL Post-Game will air a 30-minute program following the conclusion of game coverage every night of the playoffs.