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According to ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski, the NHL is planning to broadcast the best-of-five qualifying-round series and round-robin games “locally on regional networks.”
If that is indeed the case, NBC Sports Washington will have the coverage of the Washington Capitals‘ round-robin games against the Boston Bruins, Tampa Bay Lightning, and Philadelphia Flyers in Toronto (Eastern Conference hub city) before the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs begin.
In past years when local networks have covered their teams’ opening-round series, a separate crew took care of the national broadcast. The networks of NBC have always broadcasted rounds two through four on their own.
“Discussions are ongoing this week about how many of those games will be shown nationally on NBCSN. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly told Oilers Nation that the daily schedule will be ‘very much like the Olympic tournament, with three games a day and start times will be 12 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 9 p.m.’ locally,” Wyshenski said.
Training camps are set to open Monday and teams will head to Toronto and Edmonton (Western Conference hub city) on Sunday, July 26, six days before the qualifying round begins.
By Harrison Brown