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NHL Network gets ready for the Stanley Cup Playoffs with three days of marquee programming @NHLdotcom

NEW YORK/TORONTO – NHL Network has a marquee lineup of pre-Stanley Cup Playoffs programming with 13 hours of coverage from Sunday, April 6 to Tuesday, April 8, leading up to the start of the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday, April 9.  NHL Network will televise the special programming in both the U.S. and Canada.

Sunday features three editions of NHL On The Fly and two Pacific Division tilts featuring three playoff-bound teams: 

At 3 p.m. ET, the NHL’s hottest team, the San Jose Sharks, travels to Dallas to take on the Stars.  The Sharks have won 18 of their last 21 games, earning 38 of a possible 42 points during that stretch.

At 8 p.m. ET, the Phoenix Coyotes and Kyle Turris, the third overall selection in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft who will be playing in just his third game for the team, visit the Anaheim Ducks.  The Ducks continue their quest to win back-to-back Stanley Cup championships.

On Monday, NHL Network presents three hours of pre-Playoffs programming airing simultaneously in Canada on TSN and  The action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET with McGuire’s Monsters, followed by the Fantasy Draft Special at 7:30 p.m. ET and the Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery Special at 8 p.m. ET, where NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will reveal which team will select first overall in the 2008 Draft.  At 8:30 p.m. ET, it’s the 90-minute NHL on TSN Playoff Preview Special with in-depth analysis of each playoff series.

Tuesday, the eve of the start of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, NHL Network will produce and televise NHL On The Fly: Playoff Preview as host Dan Pollard and analysts Gary Green and Dave Reid preview all eight playoff series and offer their Playoffs predictions.

In the U.S., NHL Network is available through a free-preview beginning Friday, April 4 and lasting through Friday, April 11 through select cable providers and on DirecTV channel 215.  Please contact your local cable provider for more information. 

NHL Network’s pre-Playoffs programming broadcast schedule is as follows:

Sunday, April 6
3 p.m. ET – San Jose @ Dallas
5:30 p.m. ET – NHL On The Fly
8 p.m. ET – Phoenix @ Anaheim
10:30 p.m. ET – NHL On The Fly
11 p.m. ET – NHL On The Fly: Final

Monday, April 7
7 p.m. ET – McGuire’s Monsters
7:30 p.m. ET – Fantasy Draft Special
8 p.m. ET – Scotiabank NHL Draft Lottery Special
8:30 p.m. ET – NHL on TSN Playoff Preview Special

Tuesday, April 8
10 p.m. ET – NHL On The Fly: Playoff Preview

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