The NHL Network will finish up their regular season coverage today at 5 p.m. CDT with the broadcast of the final game of the NHL season with Dallas visiting Minnesota at the Ecel Energy Center with the NHL on the Fly crew doing providing intermission and postgame coverage..
After the game, the NHL Network will announce the official pairings and schedule for the first round of the playoffs. Her is more from NHL Media Services...
Host Brian Duff, regular contributor Mike Johnson and special guest and Versus color analyst Billy Jaffe will begin the live playoff coverage at 10 p.m. ET with the NHL On The Fly: Playoff Match-Up Scheduling Show, during which they’ll reveal the schedule and match-ups for the first round of the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The show also will also be streamed live on NHL.com for U.S. audiences.
With seven playoff spots still up-for-grabs and only one team, Vancouver, locked into a seeded position, the NHL Network team will have plenty to discuss. They’ll preview the match-ups and offer their in-depth analysis of all eight conference quarterfinal match-ups. And they’ll tell viewers which teams they believe have the competitive edge.
On Monday and Tuesday, NHL Network will have hour long specials breaking down the East and the West.
On Monday, April 11 beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET, NHL Network will broadcast a special hour-long preview show focused upon the Eastern Conference. NHL On The Fly: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview, hosted by David Amber with analysts Mike Johnson and Billy Jaffe, will alert viewers to the storylines and games within the games that will make for compelling and competitive first-round series.
The same panel will preview the West on Tuesday, April 12 at 6:00 p.m. ET. NHL On The Fly: Western Conference Playoff Preview will dissect the teams and series and offer expert analysis and insight before the post-season gets underway on Wednesday night. NHL Network also will have news hits throughout their On The Fly coverage to recap the results of 2011 NHL Draft Lottery, which will be conducted that evening.
Here is the complete schedule of NHL Network special programming for the next three days.
Sunday, April 10
NHL Hockey: Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild 6:00 p.m.
NHL On The Fly 8:30 p.m.
NHL On The Fly: Playoff Match-Up Scheduling Show 10:00 p.m.
Monday, April 11
Encore Presentation: Red Wings at Blackhawks (10/4/11) 12:00 p.m. (U.S. only)
Greatest Games of 2010-11: Lightning at Flyers (11/18/10) 2:00 p.m. (U.S. only)
Greatest Games of 2010-11: Penguins at Capitals (12/23/10) 4:00 p.m. (U.S. only)
NHL On The Fly: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview 6:00 p.m.
NHL On The Fly: Eastern Conference Playoff Preview - Replay 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 12
Greatest Games of 2010-11: Canadiens at Flames (1/17/11) 12:00 p.m. (U.S. only)
Greatest Games of 2010-11: Red Wings at Senators (2/2/11) 2:00 p.m. (U.S. only)
Greatest Games of 2010-11: Canucks at Sharks (3/10/11) 4:00 p.m. (U.S. only)
NHL On The Fly: Western Conference Playoff Preview 6:00 p.m.
NHL On The Fly: Western Conference Playoff Preview - Replay 7:00 p.m.
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