NBCSN to Air Kings-Ducks Stanley Cup Playoff Game Tomorrow
Today marks the first day since the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs began that there are no games being played. However, action resumes tomorrow night with Game 7 in the "Freeway Series" between the Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN. It will be the third Game 7 in four days.
Saturday and Sunday will begin the Eastern Conference and Western Conference Finals, respectively. The Montreal Canadiens will host the New York Rangers on Saturday at 1 p.m. ET on NBC. On Sunday, the Chicago Blackhawks will either host the Los Angeles Kings or travel to the Anaheim Ducks at 3 p.m. ET on NBC.
The Kings face the Ducks tomorrow night in Game 7 at 9 p.m. ET on NBCSN with a trip to the Western Conference Final at stake. On Wednesday night, the Kings built a 2-0 lead on goals from Jake Muzzin and Trevor Lewis, and held on for a 2-1 victory in Los Angeles. This is the third Game 7 in four days, and the road team won both contests by a score of 2-1, as the Rangers and Canadiens advanced to the Eastern Conference Final. John Forslund (play-by-play), Joe Micheletti (analyst) and Brian Engblom (Inside the Glass analyst) will have the call from the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.
Last night's Game 7 between the Canadiens and the Bruins (6:59-9:52 p.m. ET) averaged 2.276 million viewers, making it the most-watched game featuring a Canadian team ever on NBCSN, excluding the Stanley Cup Final; the most-watched cable game of the 2014 playoffs so far; and the third-most watched second-round game ever on NBCSN.
The contest, in which the Canadiens defeated the Bruins, 3-1, in Boston and advance to the Eastern Conference Final, peaked in its penultimate quarter-hour (9:30-9:45 p.m. ET) with 3.2 million viewers. In Boston, the game delivered a 22.3 HH rating, the highest-rated second-round Bruins game ever in the market on NBCSN.
Digitally, Canadiens-Bruins Game 7 broke nearly every record in the book as it was the best authentication-required NHL game ever - beating both authentication-required Stanley Cup Final games last year. Regardless of authentication status, it was the best second-round game ever and the best game of the 2013-14 season. The game delivered 3.99 million minutes and 79,633 uniques.
Game 6 of Ducks-Kings (9:52 p.m. - 12:22 a.m. ET), the second game of last night's doubleheader, averaged 1.036 million viewers, making it the most-watched game of the series to date and up 22% vs. the comparable game last year (Sharks-Kings).