TSN will go head-to-head with CBC for viewers during the NHL playoffs, but first they will go head-to-head with their playoff preview shows. TSN will get a 30 minute head start on CBC, with Stanley Cup Playoffs ’11: Preview Show starting at 8:30pm ET on Tuesday night. TSN will also air their playoff fantasy draft special (7pm ET) and the 2011 NHL Draft Lottery (8pm ET) on Tuesday night.
The NHL on TSN fantasy draft will feature Pierre McGuire, Keith Jones, Darren Dreger and Dave Hodge drafting their fantasy teams for the playoffs. Who cares? Who knows? But apparently enough people do that it comes back year after year. The Preview Show will feature James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Craig MacTavish, Aaron Ward, Darren Dreger, Pierre McGuire and Ray Ferraro breaking down each of the 8 first round matchups.
The NHL Playoffs finally begin on Wednesday night on TSN with a Wednesday Night Hockey doubleheader. Coverage begins at 7:00pm ET with That’s Hockey followed by Rangers-Capitals at 7:30pm ET. Then at 10pm ET the Predators travel to Anaheim to take on the Ducks. TSN will have a another doubleheader on Thursday as the Sabres and Flyers open up in Philadelphia at 7:30pm ET and the Kings and Sharks open up at the Shark Tank in San Jose at 10pm ET. TSN2’s coverage gets underway on April 20 with Flyers-Sabres at 7:30pm ET.
Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will comprise TSN’s main broadcast crew. It is expected that they will focus on the Eastern Conference, mainly Rangers-Capitals. TSN’s other broadcast crew will be Chris Cuthbert and Ray Ferraro. It is expected they will call all the Kings-Sharks series, with some of the Predators-Ducks games in Anaheim too. TSN’s studio crew will feature James Duthie, Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Craig MacTavish, Aaron Ward and Kerry Fraser.