NBC has made it their goal to air every single game of the Stanley Cup Playoffs across its family of networks. To make that happen, they have borrowed talent from TSN (who lost NHL television rights to Sportsnet in Canada), showing CBC and Sportsnet telecasts and using local announcers for national broadcasts.
Kenny Albert calls Rangers games on ESPN New York 98.7 FM during the regular season. Occasionally, he will call a regular season game on NBCSN when needed. During the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Albert is calling games every night.
Here is Kenny’s work schedule since the Stanley Cup Playoffs Began:
WED, APRIL 15: Game 1 (Islanders at Capitals)
THURS, APRIL 16: Game 1 (Penguins at Rangers)
FRIDAY, APRIL 17: Game 2 (Islanders at Capitals)
SATURDAY, APRIL 18: Game 2 (Penguins at Rangers)
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: Game 3 (Predators at Blackhawks)
MONDAY, APRIL 20: Game 3 (Rangers at Penguins)
TUESDAY, APRIL 21: Game 4 (Capitals at Islanders)
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22: Game 4 (Rangers at Penguins)
THURSDAY, APRIL 23: Game 5 (Islanders at Capitals)
FRIDAY, APRIL 24: Game 5 (Penguins at Rangers)
If the Penguins win tonight, there’s a guaranteed Game 6 in Pittsburgh Sunday. Albert will either be on the radio for that game, or, if the series ends in five games, he’ll probably be on television instead. Also, he’ll be somewhere on Saturday calling a game. Most likely, he will be on Long Island for Game 6 of the Islanders-Capitals series.
Hats off to Kenny Albert, one of the hardest working announcers at Stanley Cup Playoff time.