After a thrilling Game 7 between the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals on Saturday, Hockey Night in Canada is ready for round three of the Stanley Cup playoffs, finalizing the broadcast details for the National Hockey League conference finals.
“A whole host of homegrown hockey heroes are still in the hunt for the Cup, and the NHL playoffs on CBC’s Hockey Night in Canada continues to give fans plenty of reasons to cheer," said Julie Bristow, CBC’s executive director of studio and unscripted programming.
After the Rangers beat Washington in the deciding game of their East semifinal, they move on to face New Jersey in the Eastern Conference final.
That best-of-seven set begins Monday(CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET) with Game 2 on May 16 (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).
As the top seed in the East, the Rangers host the first two games against the sixth-seeded Devils.
West goalies in spotlight
In addition to the East final, HNIC will broadcast all potential series-clinching contests of the West final between the Phoenix Coyotes and Los Angeles Kings, starting with Game 4.
The big storyline entering the West series is the anticipated goaltending duel between the Coyotes’ Mike Smith and Kings’ Jonathan Quick, a finalist for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top netminder.
Quick boasts the lowest goals-against average (1.55) and highest save percentage (.946) in these playoffs, while Smith has continued his steady play from the regular season (2.21 GAA, .930 save percentage) with a 1.77 GAA, .948 totals in the playoffs.
Each night during the conference finals, HNIC host Ron MacLean will join analysts Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock, while Don Cherry returns in the first intermission, The Hotstove between the second and third periods, and iDesk host Andi Petrillo provides breaking news from around the league.
Viewers on the go can download the Hockey Night in Canada mobile app providing instant access to news, analysis and game highlights.
The popular Hockey Night Playoff Pulse will continue in Round 3, inviting fans to engage online with CBCSports.ca through the ultimate “second screen” experience with in-game polls and pools where viewers can challenge each other through Facebook and Twitter, plus live updated leaderboards.
The New Jersey series will be featured on Hockey Night in Canada Punjabi, available on Rogers Cable channel 799, Shaw Digital TV channel 328, Shaw Direct classic channel 480 and advanced channel 429, TELUS Optik channel 131 and on Bell TV and FIBE TV channel 232.
It will also be streamed live and on-demand at CBCSports.ca.