STAMFORD, Conn. – April 18, 2018 – NBC Sports Group’s comprehensive coverage of the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs continues tonight with four Game 4 matchups across NBCSN and Golf Channel, beginning at 7 p.m. ET on NBCSN when the (2) Pittsburgh Penguins host the (3) Philadelphia Flyers, with the Penguins leading the series, 2-1. NBCSN’s doubleheader continues at 10 p.m. ET, featuring the defending Western Conference champion (1) Nashville Predators and the (WC2) Colorado Avalanche, with Nashville leading, 2-1.
The doubleheader on Golf Channel begins at 7:30 p.m. ET, as the (1) Tampa Bay Lightning visit the (WC2) New Jersey Devils, with Tampa Bay leading the series, 2-1, followed by the (2) Anaheim Ducks and the (2) San Jose Sharks at 10:30 p.m. ET, with San Jose leading 3-0.
Pre-game coverage of tonight’s games begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN with NHL Live.
NBC SPORTS PRESENTS FIRST STANLEY CUP PLAYOFF GAMES ON GOLF CHANNEL TONIGHT
Due to programming conflicts on both USA Network and CNBC, Golf Channel – NBC Sports Group’s widely-distributed 24/7 sports network available in more than 70 million homes – will provide coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time, televising tonight’s Lightning-Devils and Sharks-Ducks Game 4 matchups.
“I’m all for publicizing our great game of hockey on any and every platform, and as someone that also loves golf, I know that golfers are complete sports fanatics,” said Jeremy Roenick, NHL on NBC analyst and scratch golfer. “These are two of the greatest sports on earth. The volume levels tonight in New Jersey and San Jose might be a little louder than the golf claps we’re used to hearing at the Ryder Cup or the Open Championship, but these athletes have the same passion and intensity, and passion and intensity are what the Stanley Cup Playoffs are all about.”
Hockey players are known for their golfing prowess, and Roenick is one of numerous hockey legends that have played at the American Century Championship celebrity tournament in Lake Tahoe, including Wayne Gretzky, Brett Hull, Mario Lemieux, Joe Sakic, Martin Brodeur, T.J. Oshie, Mike Eruzione, and current Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, who will appear in the second game of Golf Channel’s doubleheader at 10:30 p.m. ET.
THE PASS – WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18 (All times ET)
|6:30 p.m.||NHL Live||NBCSN||Liam McHugh, Mike Milbury,
Keith Jones, Patrick Sharp
|7 p.m.||Game 4 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) Philadelphia||NBCSN||Gord Miller, Pierre McGuire|
|7:30 p.m.||Game 4 – (1) Tampa Bay at (WC2) New Jersey||Golf Channel||John Forslund, Joe Micheletti|
|NHL Live (Intermission Reports)||Golf Channel||Paul Burmeister, Jeremy Roenick,
|10 p.m.||Game 4 – (1) Nashville at (WC2) Colorado||NBCSN||Kenny Albert, Brian Boucher|
|10:30 p.m.||Game 4 – (2) Anaheim at (3) San Jose||Golf Channel||Brendan Burke, Mike Johnson|
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app – NBC Sports Group’s live streaming product for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and Connected TVs – will live stream all games airing on NBC, NBCSN, USA Network, CNBC, and Golf Channel, all via “TV Everywhere” throughout the 2018 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
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THREE-TIME STANLEY CUP CHAMPION PATRICK SHARP TO SERVE AS GUEST ANALYST ON NHL LIVE TONIGHT
Three-time Stanley Cup champion Patrick Sharp will again serve as a guest analyst on NHL Live tonight during NBC Sports’ first-round Stanley Cup Playoff coverage. Sharp made his debut on NHL Live last night, and boasts an impressive 15-plus year NHL career with more than 1,000 games played, the majority of which have come with the Chicago Blackhawks. Sharp was an alternate captain on Chicago’s three Stanley Cup-winning teams in 2010, 2013 and 2015, and ranks sixth in Blackhawks franchise history in goals (291). Sharp was originally drafted by the Flyers in the third round of the 2001 NHL Draft, and has also played for Philadelphia and Dallas during his NHL career.
(2) PITTSBURGH PENGUINS AT (3) PHILADELPHIA FLYERS – GAME 4 AT 7 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – PENGUINS LEAD 2-1
The Penguins responded from a 4-1 loss to the Flyers in Game 2 with a dominant 5-1 win in Philadelphia on Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead. Sidney Crosbyrecorded a goal and three assists in the victory, and Evgeni Malkin added a goal as well, as Pittsburgh improved to 13-1 in playoff games in which both Crosby and Malkin score. Pittsburgh will look for its fourth win at Wells Fargo Center this season, where it’s outscored Philadelphia 15-4.
(1) TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING AT (WC2) NEW JERSEY DEVILS – GAME 4 AT 7:30 P.M. ET ON GOLF CHANNEL – LIGHTNING LEAD 2-1
The Devils look to defend home ice and even their series with the Lightning at two games apiece following a 5-2 win over the Lightning in Game 3 on Monday. Taylor Hall notched a goal and two assists, while Cory Schneider made 34 saves in his first playoff start since 2013. Tampa Bay captain Steven Stamkos snapped a 14-game goal drought dating back to the regular season in the loss.
(1) PREDATORS AT (WC2) AVALANCHE – GAME 4 AT 10 P.M. ET ON NBCSN – PREDATORS LEAD 2-1
Nathan McKinnon netted two goals to propel the Avalanche past the Predators, 5-3, in Game 3 on Monday to give Colorado its first win of the series and snap its 12-game losing streak against the Predators. Colorado posted a 28-11-2 record at home during the regular season. The Avalanche have jumped out to quick starts in the series, scoring on either their first or second shot of every game.
(2) DUCKS AT (3) SHARKS – GAME 4 AT 10:30 P.M. ET ON GOLF CHANNEL – SHARKS LEAD 3-0
The Sharks look to sweep the Ducks following an 8-1 win over Anaheim in Game 3 on Monday, a contest in which eight players scored. With a victory, San Jose will record its second first-round sweep in franchise history (2012 – Vancouver), and advance to face the Vegas Golden Knights in the second round. Through three games, mid-season acquisition Evander Kane has tallied three goals and an assist.
COMPREHENSIVE LOCAL COVERAGE
Through the NBC Sports Regional Networks, comprehensive coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be provided daily via NBC Sports Regional Networks, available in more than 35 million U.S. households. NBC Sports Regional Networks serve the hometown fans of the Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, Boston Bruins and the Washington Capitals, with first-round game coverage, pre- and post-game shows, and extensive on-line coverage via NBC Sports’ team of NHL Insiders.
For teams that advance past the first round, NBC Sports Regional Networks will deliver extensive pre- and post-game coverage as well as breaking news and analysis throughout each team’s playoff run.
STREAMING COVERAGE ON NBCSPORTS.COM AND THE NBC SPORTS APP
NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app — NBC Sports Group’s live streaming platforms for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs — will provide live streaming coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs via “TV Everywhere,” giving consumers additional value to for their subscription service, and making high quality content available to MVPD customers both in and out of the home and on multiple platforms.
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