2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Broadcast Schedule

Below is all the info you need for the first round broadcast on Sportsnet, presented in no particular order.

A majority of first round games and all games involving Canadian teams will be on either CBC or Sportsnet, with the occasional U.S. vs. U.S. game being shown on SN360 or SN1. Rogers will produce five of the eight series: the three Canadian series plus Rangers-Penguins and Lightning-Red Wings.

TVA Sports will have three channels to cover every single playoff game, though specific channel designations haven’t been released as yet.

Of what has been announced, Canadians can view five games on NBC – one game of each series featuring a U.S. team.

Full schedule and commentating crews below. As always, all times are Eastern and channels/times subject to change.

EASTERN CONFERENCE:

Wed Apr 15: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Montreal at Ottawa, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: Montreal at Ottawa, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Ottawa at Montreal, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 26: Montreal at Ottawa, 6pm CBC, TVA Sports

Thu Apr 16: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 8pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Mon Apr 20: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: NY Rangers at Pittsburgh, 7pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Pittsburgh at NY Rangers, 7pm SN, TVA Sports

Thu Apr 16: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 3pm CBC, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm SN, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 6pm CBC, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 27: Tampa Bay at Detroit, 7pm CBC, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 29: Detroit at Tampa Bay, 7:30pm CBC, TVA Sports

Wed Apr 15: NY Islanders at Washington,7pm SN, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: NY Islanders at Washington,7pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Washington at NY Islanders, 12pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Washington at NY Islanders, 7:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: NY Islanders at Washington, 7pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Washington at NY Islanders, 3pm NBC, SN, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 27: NY Islanders at Washington, 7:30pm SN, TVA Sports

WESTERN CONFERENCE:

Wed Apr 15: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Vancouver at Calgary, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Tue Apr 21: Vancouver at Calgary, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Calgary at Vancouver, 10pm CBC, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Vancouver at Calgary, 9pm CBC, TVA Sports
All games available in Punjabi on OMNI

Thu Apr 16: Winnipeg at Anaheim, 10:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Winnipeg at Anaheim, 10:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Mon Apr 20: Anaheim at Winnipeg, 9pm SN, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: Anaheim at Winnipeg, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports

Wed Apr 15: Chicago at Nashville, 8:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 17: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 19: Nashville at Chicago, 3pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Tue Apr 21: Nashville at Chicago, 9:30pm SN, TVA Sports
Thu Apr 23: Chicago at Nashville, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 25: Nashville at Chicago, 8pm NBC, SN, TVA Sports 2

Thu Apr 16: Minnesota at St. Louis, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Sat Apr 18: Minnesota at St. Louis, 3pm SN, TVA Sports, NBC
Mon Apr 20: St. Louis at Minnesota, 8pm SN1, TVA Sports
Wed Apr 22: St. Louis at Minnesota, 9:30pm SN360, TVA Sports
Fri Apr 24: Minnesota at St. Louis, 9:45pm SN, TVA Sports
Sun Apr 26: St. Louis at Minnesota, 3pm NBC, SN, TVA Sports

Studio Crew

  • George Stroumboulopoulos will anchor the Stanley Cup Playoffs from the Hockey Central studio, along with Elliotte Friedman, Kelly Hrudey and Nick Kypreos
  • Don Cherry and Ron MacLean will host Coach’s Corner
  • Sportsnet will also provide extensive pre-game and post-game coverage throughout the Stanley Cup Playoffs across all platforms and will include hosts Daren Millard ,Jeff Marek, Brad Fay and Leah Hextall, and analysts P.J. Stock, John Shannon, Damien Cox , Doug MacLean, Billy Jaffe and Scott Morrison

Game Crews

Montreal Canadiens vs. Ottawa Senators (starts Wednesday)

  • Play-by-play: Paul Romanuk; Game Analysts: Mike Johnson and Glenn Healy; Reporter: David Amber
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

Vancouver Canucks vs. Calgary Flames (starts Wednesday)

  • Play-by-play: Jim Hughson; Game Analysts: Craig Simpson; Reporter: Scott Oake
  • OMNI (Punjabi): Play-by-play: Harnarayan Singh; Game Analysts: Randip Janda, Bhupinder S. Hundal
  • Calgary Radio: all games available on Sportsnet 960 The FAN Play-by-play: Derek Wills ; Analyst: Peter Loubardias
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

Anaheim Ducks vs. Winnipeg Jets (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Dave Randorf; Game Analyst: Garry Galley; Reporter: Cassie Campbell-Pascall
  • GamePlus features available in Rogers NHL GameCentre LIVE

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Bob Cole; Game Analyst: Greg Millen; Reporter: Christine Simpson

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Detroit Red Wings (starts Thursday)

  • Play-by-play: Rick Ball; Game Analyst: John Garrett; Reporter: Dan Murphy

For the first time ever, all Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final games will be available on NHL GameCentre Live.

15 thoughts on “2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs First Round Broadcast Schedule

  1. Well it couldn’t have been better for Rogers to get 5 Canadian teams in the playoffs. While it would have been great had Toronto got in from a ratings standpoint, and perhaps not having 2 all-Canadian matchups, at least they are guaranteed 2 Canadian teams in the 2nd round.

    I am curious though, since it looks like its just one studio show while the games are on, are they branding this as The Stanley Cup Playoffs on Hockey Night in Canada or on Sportsnet? Or is it just on Saturdays its HNIC and every other day, its Sportsnet?

    IMO it would be lame to switch back and forth. Call it HNIC and call it a day. That’s what we’re all familiar with and can relate to due to its history.

  2. Judging from the commentating crews, I guess that you can pin down Rogers’ ranking as:
    1. Jim Hughson
    2. Paul Romanuk
    3. Dave Randorf
    4. Bob Cole

    • Don’t forget about Rick Ball. He would be #4 and Bob Cole #5.

      • Pretty sure Ball would be #5 and Cole #4 considering Ball rarely did nationally televised games during the regular season (except a few Flames games) and Cole did HNIC or Hometown Hockey most weeks. Actually I think Ball is #6, but stepping in for Shorthouse on the #5 crew since Shorthouse is doing the Canucks series on radio.

        My guess is for the 2nd round Rogers will keep Garrett around, maybe between the benches on the Hughson/Simpson crew.

  3. Canucks fans probably won’t be happy about Hughson calling their team’s series.

  4. Hard to say if Rick Ball is ahead of John Shorthouse because Shorthouse doesthe radio games for the Canucks when their games are on national TV and in the playoffs. The only way of knowing would be if both the Canucks and Flames missed the playoffs.

  5. Tuesday – Chi-Nash on NBCSN had Gord Miller on play-by-play. Cal-Van on USA Net had Cuthbert on pxp.

  6. Which of Cuthbert or Miller will get the call for the World Men’s Hockey Championships? Or someone else, it was long the domain of Dave Randorf when he was at TSN, Rod Black is another possibility, he did the World Women’s Championships.

    • My guess is Denis Beyak.

    • I could see one set of announcers there live (Miller & Ferraro) and another set calling B non-Canada games off monitor in Toronto (Cuthbert & Jamie). Although I could see Cuthbert get the call for Canada and medal games since Miller get World Jrs medal games.

  7. Please not Rod Black! He was horrible for the Women’s Worlds. Stick to basketball.

  8. Denis Beyak is doing PxP on TSN 1290 Winnipeg. Ferraro (via Twitter) is doing colour at Worlds. I would imagine Miller as NBC would have less series as round 1 would be completed.

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