Panthers Face Elimination vs. Islanders at Noon ET to Kick Off Action on NBCSN
Pivotal Game 3 Between Penguins and Canadiens Tonight at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN – Series Tied 1-1
New Jersey Devils Goaltender Cory Schneider Returns as Guest Studio Analyst During Today’s Coverage
STAMFORD, Conn. – August 5, 2020 – NBC Sports continues its coverage of the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifying Round today with more than 12 consecutive hours of live hockey across six games on NBCSN, beginning with Game 3 of the best-of-five series between the Florida Panthers and New York Islanders at 12 p.m. ET. The Panthers look to force a Game 4, trailing 2-0 in the series.
Primetime coverage will feature a pivotal Game 3 between Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens, with the series tied at a game apiece, at 8 p.m. ET on NBCSN. Another Qualifying Round series tied at one will be presented in the nightcap when Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers will face Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks at 10:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. The Oilers tied the series with a 6-3 victory behind a hat trick from McDavid.
Kathryn Tappen and Liam McHugh will combine to host today and tonight’s studio coverage alongside studio analysts Eddie Olczyk, Keith Jones, Anson Carter and Patrick Sharp, as well as guest analyst and current New Jersey Devils goaltender Cory Schneider.
NBC Sports will present up to 120 hours of coverage from the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers on NBC, NBCSN and USA Network, highlighted by at least 10 hours of wall-to-wall NHL action each day from August 1-5, comprised of Qualifying Round and Round Robin matchups. In total, more than 25 NHL games will be shown on NBCSN in a seven-day span.
Qualifying Round series are best-of-five and will be contested between the teams seeded 5th through 12th in each conference. The winners of those series will join the top four teams from each conference, who will play round robin games to determine seeding, in the traditional 16-team Stanley Cup Playoffs format.
Today’s NHL schedule on NBCSN is below:
|Wed., August 5||Game 3 – N.Y. Islanders vs. Florida||NBCSN||12 p.m.||Mike Tirico, Keith Jones, Brian Boucher|
|Game 3 – Nashville vs. Arizona||NBCSN||2:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Round Robin – Tampa Bay vs. Boston||NBCSN||4 p.m.||Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher|
|Round Robin – Colorado vs. Dallas||NBCSN||6:30 p.m.||TBD|
|Game 3 – Pittsburgh vs. Montreal||NBCSN||8 p.m.||John Forslund, Mike Milbury, Brian Boucher|
|Game 3 – Edmonton vs. Chicago||NBCSN||10:30 p.m.||Brendan Burke, AJ Mleczko, Pierre McGuire|
OPENING WEEKEND OF NHL QUALIFYING ROUND DELIVERS BLOCKBUSTER VIEWERSHIP
NBC Sports’ wall-to-wall coverage of the opening weekend of the NHL Qualifying Round delivered blockbuster viewership across broadcast, cable and digital platforms, according to Nielsen and digital data from Adobe Analytics.
Following are NBC Sports viewership highlights of the opening weekend of the NHL’s Qualifying Round: