Report: Qualifying Round, Round-Robin Games Will Be Televised On Regional Networks

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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

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Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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