In the past nine years, it has been a given CBC and Hockey Night in Canada would be broadcasting all Vancouver Canucks playoff games because the Toronto Maple Leafs have been absent from the postseason.
There is the possibility the first round will be picked up by TSN with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Ottawa Senators, and Montreal Canadiens all making the playoffs.
CBC has the first, second, fourth, and sixth picks to playoff series. TSN gets the third, fifth, seventh, and eighth choice.
The question is will CBC use its first two picks to select the Maple Leafs and Canucks series? Or will CBC instead go with the Maple Leafs and Canadiens if the two series do not conflict?
Picking the Canucks and Maple Leafs has its benefits for CBC as it will give them a primetime matchup in both the Western and Eastern time zones, but the Canadiens have a larger national following than the Canucks.
If the game ends up on TSN, there likely won’t be the same kind of angst as a few years ago when TSN was not part of the basic cable package on Shaw.
The quality of coverage has gone up considerably at TSN to the point some say it has exceeded CBC. The only drawback of TSN coverage is the channel is not available over-the-air like CBC and they do not offer live online streaming.
The broadcast schedule is expected to be released tonight after the Boston Bruins and Senators play the final game of the NHL regular season and the final playoff matchups are determined. If the Senators win the game in regulation, they will face the Canadiens in the first round.
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