HNIC set for Pens-Wings Stanley Cup final
If Sidney Crosby and the rest of his Pittsburgh Penguins want to win the franchise's first Stanley Cup in 17 years, they'll have to go through the defending champions from the Motor City in order to get it.
CBC's Hockey Night In Canada will be the home for all the action of the NHL's Stanley Cup final between the Penguins and Red Wings.
Detroit secured their spot with a 2-1 overtime thriller over the Chicago Blackhawks on Wednesday night. The Penguins earned a rematch against the Wings after sweeping the Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday night.
Like last season, the first two games of the final will be played at Detroit's Joe Louis Arena.
Game 1 is set for Saturday night (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET), while Game 2 takes place Sunday (CBC, CBCSports.ca, 8 p.m. ET).
The best-of-seven will shift to Pittsburgh's Mellon Arena for Game 3 on June 2 and Game 4 two days later. If necessary, Game 5 will be June 6 at Detroit.
Game 6 is scheduled for June 9 at Pittsburgh and Game 7 on June 12 at Detroit. All games, save for Game 2 as of Thursday, are scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.
Jim Hughson will do the CBC play-by-play along with analyst Craig Simpson. Rinkside reporters Elliotte Friedman and Scott Oake will cover the series along with analysts Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock.
Cherry will return to his usual spot on Coach's Corner alongside Ron MacLean in the first intermission.
Canadian hockey fans can now follow the finals on iPhone.
CBC will also broadcast games in Punjabi, live and on demand at CBCSports.ca. Parminder Singh will handle play-by-play duties while Harnarayan Singh, will provide analysis.
HNIC Radio on Sirius will also offer coverage on Sirius Satellite Radio's Channel 122.
CBC will broadcast the games in high definition across Canada and send Don Cherry's Coach's Corner into space where Canadian Space Agency astronaut Robert Thirsk can view it while flying aboard the Soyuz TMA-15 spacecraft.
With files from The Canadian Press