NEW YORK/TORONTO (April 25, 2013) – With countless first-round match-up variations still to be determined entering the final weekend of the regular season, the NHL Network team of experts and analysts will provide wall-to-wall coverage in the ‘Race to the Stanley Cup Playoffs’ with two live games and special playoff programming.
Throughout the Stanley Cup playoffs, NHL On The Fly will air at 7:00 p.m. ET followed by NHL Tonight at 10:00 p.m. ET each evening.
Programming highlights for the next several days include:
THURSDAY, APRIL 25
Anaheim Ducks @ Vancouver Canucks – NHL Network-U.S. only (10:00 p.m. ET)
For U.S. audiences, NHL Network will broadcast the “Game of the Week” between the Anaheim Ducks and Vancouver Canucks, who respectively have locked up second and third place in the Western Conference. Live from Rogers Arena beginning at 10:00 p.m. ET, the game will bring together two powerhouse teams that are no strangers to postseason action.
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Prior to the game, NHL On The Fly, co-anchored by Glenn Schiiler and Jamie McLennan, will take fans inside all the action around the League with live look-ins, real-time scores and expert analysis. NHL Tonight, hosted by Kathryn Tappen and Kevin Weekes, will air following the conclusion of the game while the Network’s team of insiders will provide intermission reports that bring viewers up to speed on the complete playoff picture and potential match-ups.
SATURDAY, APRIL 27
Montreal Canadiens @ Toronto Maple Leafs – NHL Network-U.S. only (7:00 p.m. ET)
On Saturday night in the traditional Hockey Night in Canada time slot, these Northeast Division rivals will meet for the 719th time in their history in what could also be a preview of their first-round playoff series. As of today, the Maple Leafs can finish as high as second and as low as eighth in the Eastern Conference, while the Canadiens can finish second, fourth or fifth.
NHL Tonight (10:00 p.m. ET)
Following the Maple Leafs-Canadiens game, Kathryn Tappen, E.J. Hradek and the NHL Tonight cast will provide instant analysis and commentary on the implications as postseason match-ups continue to emerge.
SUNDAY, APRIL 28
NHL Tonight (6:00 p.m. ET)
Prior to the start of the final 2012-13 regular-season game (Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins, 7:00 p.m. ET), a special edition of NHL Tonight will air with host Mark Roe and analysts Mike Johnson and E.J. Hradek. The panel will have up-to-the-minute playoff positioning and will outline the playoff impact of the Ottawa-Boston game.
NHL Tonight: 2013 Playoff Scheduling Show (11:00 p.m. ET)
The NHL Network’s marquee show, NHL Tonight, will host a special show Sunday night to bring viewers up-to-the minute information on playoff scheduling, including dates, times and match-ups. Joining host Mark Roe will be NHL analysts Mike Johnson, E.J. Hradek and Kevin Weekes. The final standings could come down to the wire and playoff match-ups could be determined as the last game wraps up in Boston. This show also will be streamed on NHL.com.
MONDAY, APRIL 29
NHL Tonight: 2013 Playoff Preview (7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. ET)
A special two-hour episode of NHL Tonight will air on NHL Network on the eve of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Mark Roe will be joined by a panel of analysts, including Jamie McLennan, Ken Daneyko, Mike Johnson, Kevin Weekes and E.J. Hradek. The team will provide everything fans need to know about the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs, predictions and a breakdown of each series, including where and when to tune in to every game. This show also will be streamed live on NHL.com.
2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery™ (9:00 p.m. ET) – U.S. only
NHL Network-U.S. will re-air the TSN-produced 2013 Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery show that was broadcast live at 8:00 p.m. ET in the U.S. on NBC Sports Network. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will reveal the order of selection for the top picks in the 2013 NHL Draft. It will be the first time in NHL history when all 14 clubs not qualifying for the Stanley Cup Playoffs – or the clubs that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams – will have a chance at winning the right to the first overall selection.
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