NESN will have regionally exclusive coverage of up to five first round playoff games between the Bruins and Detroit Red Wings.
In addition to first round game coverage, NESN will produce one-hour of pre and post-game shows before and after Boston Bruins playoff games throughout the playoffs.
Games two and five (if needed) of the first round will be broadcast on NBC. The rest of the games in the series will be on NESN.
NESN’s Bruins Eastern Conference Quarterfinal Schedule
|Day||Date||Game||Game Broadcast Network||NESN Coverage Begins||Game Time|
|Friday||4/18||Game #1||NESN||6:00 PM||7:30 PM|
|Sunday||4/20||Game #2||NBC||2:00 PM||3:00 PM|
|Tuesday||4/22||Game #3||NESN||6:30 PM||7:30 PM|
|Thursday||4/24||Game #4||NESN||7:00 PM||8:00 PM|
|Saturday||4/26||Game #5*||NBC||**2:00 PM||3:00 PM|
* = If necessary
** = Game 5 pre and post-game coverage on NESNplus
NESN also announced that that Bruins regular season averaged a 5.0 rating over the 71 games that NESN broadcast. They’re calling this a ratings record for a full season, noting that last year’s shortened season averaged a 6.3 rating in the 41 games NESN carried (out of 48 total).
The Red Sox will be bumped over to NESNplus when the games conflict.
Red Sox Games on NESNplus in April
|Day||Date||Red Sox Opponent||Game Time|
|Friday||4/18||vs. Baltimore Orioles||7:00 PM|
|Tuesday||4/22||vs. New York Yankees||7:00 PM|
|Thursday||4/24||vs. New York Yankees||7:00 PM|
|Wednesday *||4/30||vs. Tampa Bay Rays||7:00 PM|