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Introducing the NHL Playoffs Channel Finder

Apr 11, 2012, 2:42 PM EDT

2012 NHL Playoffs

OK, so let’s say you live in Seattle and you want to know which channel tonight’s Red Wings-Predators game is on.

Now also suppose your zip code is 98115 and your cable provider is Comcast King County South.

All you have to do is go here to the NHL Playoffs Channel Finder, enter your zip code, and you’ll learn that the game will be broadcast on CNBC (channel 46) starting at 5 p.m. PT.

The NHL Playoffs Channel Finder also works for other zip codes!

Remember, the 2012 NHL post-season marks the first time in league history that every first-round playoff game is being televised on a national platform. In order to televise as many as five games on a given day/night during the first round, the NBC Sports Group will present match-ups on NBC, the NBC Sports Network, the NHL Network, and NBCUniversal’s business channel CNBC in primetime.

Also, Law & Order: SVU is a good show.

Related: Full first-round schedule

  1. jwaz8 - Apr 11, 2012 at 2:54 PM

    Absolutely love what NBC is doing with their revamped sports networks. They are scattering the start times so that you could watch the third period of every playoff game. It’s sweet! Also their sports talk show is what sports center used to be before they disowned hockey completely.

    Law and order has been exactly the same for what 10 years? It’s old news and now sucks. Sorry to disagree with the author

  2. quonce - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:21 PM

    yes, NBC is absolutely doing this correctly.

    both for the staggering of games on multiple channels as well as their sports talk shows including hockey.

    Thank you on behalf of the hockey fans.

  3. lewdood - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:27 PM

    Keep in mind that local blackout rules still apply, however, because the Regional Sports Networks still get to broadcast the games in their home markets. So any Rangers or Devils fans in the NYC market who have Dish Network (which doesn’t carry MSG), yeah, you’re still screwed.

    And if I want to watch the Caps / Bruins series here in Western MA without listening to the braying jackass known as Jack Edwards on NESN, I too am screwed.

  4. dallasstars9 - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:28 PM

    Would be nice – if it actually showed the right channel numbers.

  5. guinsrule - Apr 11, 2012 at 3:35 PM

    I can’t believe SVU is still on. I would’ve thought they’d wiped out the entire population of hookers and strippers by now.

  6. thomaspratt - Apr 11, 2012 at 4:44 PM

    Love NBC’s approach to this. Not sure where they are getting the channel info, but at least for my area, the HD channels for the NHL Network, CNBC and the NBC Sports Network are missing. All of them are available in HD for me here in Bellingham. I can’t wait to sit in front of my TV and flip from channel to channel

  7. themajorleagueblog - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:06 PM

    How did you know I am in Seattle. Just kidding, good job on broadcasting all the games, NBC

  8. bmscalise - Apr 11, 2012 at 5:11 PM

    I get why everyone is excited by this. But I live in the hockey wasteland of Lexington, KY. I have extended basic cable included in my rent – and would have to spend upwards of $600/year for a box and the insane amount of cable to get NBCSN. So – I’m either stealing a feed or have been for all intents and purposes shut out of the playoffs. And NBC has lost my eyes, which would have been on as many games as possible. I’m sick about it.

    NBC needs to:
    1) Make sure that NBCSN is actually an accessible channel. Why do I get CNBC and MSNBC but not NBCSN? Stupid. Stupid. Stupid. If they want this station to rival ESPN, it can’t be on a higher cable package.
    2) Make these games available online to purchase through Game Center. I’d pay for them, and I’m tired of cable companies refusing to enter the 21st c. They think it makes them more money but it doesn’t. Work out some sort of a deal with the cable companies if necessary.

  9. nyrangersfan - Apr 11, 2012 at 6:58 PM

    Wait a minute, this whole time the NHL has been making it sound like every game and every round will be televised. If I read this correctly, the author said every game in the first round will be televised. Which is it?

  10. northstars17 - Apr 11, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    so are they just showing every 1st round game? or all of the games until the end??

  11. thebigwhitecat - Apr 11, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    Thanks for the link.

    Best playoffs in pro sports, hands down.

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