NBC Sports will present up to 120 hours of coverage from the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup qualifiers on NBC, NBCSN and USA Network beginning Aug. 1, highlighted by at least 10 hours of wall-to-wall NHL action each day from Aug. 1-5, comprised of qualifying round and round-robin matchups.
Beginning Saturday, Aug. 1, NBC Sports will present coverage from at least four games each day across NBC, NBCSN and USA Network, including some games that will be joined in progress.
Coverage on Saturday, Aug. 1, will feature a doubleheader on NBC beginning at 3 p.m. ET, when Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers face Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Primetime coverage at 8 p.m. on NBC will feature Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins against Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens.
The 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers begin Aug. 1 at noon on NBCSN, when Artemi Panarin and the New York Rangers face Sebastian Aho and the Carolina Hurricanes. 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 fifth 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.
Games airing on NBC are exclusive. All games on NBCSN and USA Network will be blacked out in the local markets as they will be available on viewers’ local RSNs. Blackout rules apply to streaming coverage on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app. Some games will be joined in progress.