Game 1 between Kings and Devils airs tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET on NBC; NBC Sports Network to Air NHL Live Pre- and Post-Game Show Before and After Every Game; Games 1-2, 5-7 on NBC; Games 3-4 on NBC Sports Network
NEW YORK – May 29, 2012 – Day 49 — The NBC Sports Group’s exclusive coverage of the 2012 Stanley Cup Final begins tomorrow night with Game 1 between the Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils and the Western Conference Champion Los Angeles Kings at 8 p.m. ET on NBC from the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. NBC will broadcast Games 1-2, and, if necessary, Games 5-7, while NBC Sports Network will present exclusive coverage of Games 3-4 of the series. Every game night, NBC Sports Network will present a one-hour pre-game show beginning at 7 p.m. ET and a half-hour post-game show.
2012 STANLEY CUP FINAL SCHEDULE
All 2012 Stanley Cup Final games will air exclusively on NBC or the NBC Sports Network. Following is the full schedule (all times ET and subject to change):
Wednesday, May 30
L.A. Kings @ New Jersey Devils (Game 1)
Saturday, June 2
L.A. Kings @ New Jersey Devils (Game 2)
Monday, June 4
New Jersey Devils @ L.A. Kings (Game 3)
NBC Sports Network
Wednesday, June 6
New Jersey Devils @ L.A. Kings (Game 4)
NBC Sports Network
Saturday, June 9
L.A. Kings @ New Jersey Devils (Game 5) *
Monday, June 11
New Jersey Devils @ L.A. Kings (Game 6) *
Wednesday, June 13
L.A. Kings @ New Jersey Devils (Game 7)*
* If Necessary
COMMENTATORS: Emmy-award winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick (play-by-play), Eddie Olczyk (analyst) and Pierre McGuire (‘Inside-the-glass’ analyst) will call the action during each game. The studio team will feature host Liam McHugh and analysts Mike Milbury and Keith Jones, the latest highlights, news, analysis and player interviews, live on-location from either the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. or the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The team will cover intermission reports during games, and pre-game and post-game coverage on NBC Sports Network. Additionally, Jeremy Roenick and Darren Pang will conduct on-ice segments and demonstrations as part of the coverage.
EMRICK ON THE DEVILS AND KINGS: “We always talk about a battle of attrition by the time you get this far and we lean on the old adage that everyone is hurt by now. However, these teams are coming in as rested as any two I can recall. The Devils had five days off before the Conference Final and three before the final. The Kings had six days off before the Conference Final and seven before the final. That’s a lot of healing time.”
MCGUIRE ON THE FINAL: “Two healthy and very focused teams. They play very similar aggressive style fore-check games. This should be a long, fast-paced series with timely goaltending being a huge factor. The four-line depth of both teams is excellent and should help make for a lively passionate Final.”
OLCZYK ON HOW THE DEVILS GOT TO THE FINAL: “Leadership and know how, it all starts at the top with Lou Lamoriello, (CEO, GM and President of the Devils), and filters all the way down.”
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 and NBC Sports Network in their area by simply entering a zip code.
Click here for the channel finder.
GAMES TELEVISED SO FAR
For the first time in the 95-year history of the NHL, every Stanley Cup Playoff game will be televised nationally. The NBC Sports Group is providing unprecedented access to the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs in April, May and June, televising as many as 87 playoff games and possibly more than 262.5 hours of programming. Games will be presented on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, the NHL Network, and NBCUniversal’s business channel CNBC in primetime.
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* Includes Devils-Panthers Conference Quarterfinal Game 7 that was joined in progress
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