Peacock carrying all remaining Stanley Cup semi-final games
String cutters, rejoice! NBC has announced that it is expanding viewing options for the remainder of the NHL Stanley Cup Semifinals. Peacock will now broadcast all remaining matches of this round. NBC broadcasts terrestrial television shows on NBCSN and USA. The changes take effect immediately with the first streaming airing Monday at 9 p.m. ET, when the Vegas Golden Knights face the Montreal Canadiens.
NHL Live drops the puck on the pre-game cover starting at 8:30 p.m. ET, with Kathryn Tappen hosting the studio coverage alongside analysts Anson Carter and Dominic Moore. Play-by-play voice John Forslund is on call for the inflated show with analyst Joe Micheletti and “Inside-the-Glass” reporter Pierre McGuire.
The Knights, famous for their elaborate pre-game shows, were a popular draw on cable throughout the 2021 playoffs. John Ourand of Sports Business Journal reported that their decisive victory in Game 6 against the Avalanche of Colorado averaged 1.27 million viewers on NBCSN. This mark represents a 53% improvement from last season, but a 3% drop from Game 4 Sharks-Avalanche in 2019. The Knights triumph was the most watched Western Conference cable game of the year. of those playoffs.
NBC hasn’t announced the same additional streaming options for this year’s Stanley Cup Final, but they’re apparently trying to maximize every ounce of NHL viewing while they have it. Fans won’t see any players wearing the cup through NBC cameras after these playoffs.
The league is entering a new partnership with Turner and ESPN where one side is more adamant about sports streaming than the other. ESPN is planning a massive streaming game bundle that will be available on ESPN + throughout the deal. Meanwhile, WarnerMedia director Jeff Zucker was reluctant to put NHL games on HBO Max during a press call announcing the new media rights deal.