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2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round TV Schedule

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Our annual guide to what’s on where for the first round of the playoffs.


As is our tradition here at Canes Country, it’s time for the Television Super Schedule for the first round of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs. Things get underway on Wednesday, April 10 with five games that night. Below is the schedule for the first round, with times and networks listed, so that you can plan your distractions for the next two weeks.

A few notes:

  • Local broadcasters are allowed to broadcast any first-round games not airing on national network TV. That means that you’ll be able to hear the dulcet tones of John Forslund and Tripp Tracy for Games 1, 3, 4, 6 and 7 (and maybe Game 5 as well, depending). National cable broadcasts will not be blacked out, so you can watch on NBCSN, CNBC or wherever in addition to Fox Sports Carolinas within the Hurricanes’ TV market.
  • From the second round on, broadcasts are exclusive to national broadcasters. While John is likely to get additional NBC assignments in the second round and beyond, the Fox Sports Carolinas broadcasts will end at the conclusion of the first round regardless of whether the Canes advance.
  • All games after game 4 of each series are listed as TBA. The NHL will determine times and networks depending on what other series are still active. We’ll update the schedule as it changes, so bookmark this page and come back as the series get into the later games.
  • You can also subscribe to this calendar to put it on your mobile device, so you’ll have it easily available. Here’s the iCal address and here’s the HTML address. If you’re loading onto an Apple device, iCal is the way to go. Otherwise, head for the HTML link.
  • If you subscribed last year, this is the same calendar (just with updated information), so you will not need to resubscribe - it will show up automatically.
  • Whenever possible, NBCSN will have doubleheaders almost every night. (If we get to a stage where the only teams on a night’s schedule are in the Eastern Conference, they won’t be able to do this.) Other games in the first round will air mostly on USA and CNBC, with a few weekend games on NBC and Game 1 of the Blues/Jets series on NHL Network.
  • Both Saturdays will feature an NBC network doubleheader. This Saturday, April 13, we’ll see Canes/Capitals at 3 and Bruins/Maple Leafs at 8. The following Saturday, it’s anyone’s guess, although one would think that a potential Penguins/Islanders Game 6 will likely be one of the two games (and Canes/Caps Game 5 could easily be the other).
  • Who will be calling Game 1 of each series? Glad you asked:

Enjoy the best time of the year for hockey fans!