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Hockey fans will be glued to tube during the NHL post-season

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Hockey fans will be glued to tube during the NHL post-season

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TORONTO - It might be the best time of year to be a hockey fan.

The NHL post-season is here and with eight first-round series set to begin this week, fans will be busy working the remote control to keep up with all of the action on the tube.

One of the sexier matchups has Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins taking on the Ottawa Senators, who won the Eastern Conference title last year.

Game 1 is on tap Wednesday night (CBC, 7 p.m. ET) and it will be followed by the series opener between the Calgary Flames and San Jose Sharks (CBC, 10 p.m. ET).

Montreal is the other Canadian team in the playoff mix. The Habs are the top-seeded club in the East and will open on Thursday against the Boston Bruins (CBC, 7 p.m. ET).

All games from those three series will be broadcast exclusively on Hockey Night in Canada.

"We are very excited about the strength of our round one broadcast schedule," said CBC Sports executive director Scott Moore. "The NHL worked very hard with us to provide as many primetime games involving the Canadian NHL teams as possible."

TSN begins its coverage on Wednesday night with a doubleheader. The New York Rangers will take on the New Jersey Devils (7 p.m. ET), followed by the opener between the Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild (9 p.m. ET).

The network will also air the Washington Capitals-Philadelphia Flyers series along with the Anaheim Ducks-Dallas Stars series. TSN also has the first three games of the Detroit Red Wings-Nashville Predators series.

TSN host James Duthie will be joined in the studio by Bob McKenzie, Darren Dreger, Dave Hodge, Mike Milbury and Darren Pang.

On CBC, Ron MacLean will host the network's coverage with Don Cherry, Kelly Hrudey and P.J. Stock weighing in with insight and analysis.

Speaking on a conference call Monday, Cherry thought the injury-ravaged Senators might just provide an early upset.

"I wouldn't bet the farm on Pittsburgh," he said. "And I love the way Calgary is playing. That's going to be a war (against San Jose). That will be the war as far as I'm concerned. That's going to be a great, great series, I'll tell you."

For the first round, the CBC will show games at Ottawa, Montreal and San Jose in high definition. All games on TSN will be in high definition.

The CBC will broadcast the Stanley Cup final and all games in that best-of-seven series will be high definition. NBC and Versus will air playoff games in the United States. NBC will broadcast the Cup final.

On CBC, Jim Hughson will call the Ottawa-Pittsburgh series alongside analyst Garry Galley and reporter Scott Oake. Mark Lee will handle the play-by-play duties for the Calgary-San Jose series with analyst Craig Simpson and reporters Steve Armitage and Cassie Campbell. Bob Cole will do play-by-play for the Montreal-Boston series. He'll work with analyst Greg Millen and reporter Elliotte Friedman.

The TSN broadcast duos will work together on different series in the first round. Chris Cuthbert and Glenn Healy will work Game 1 of the Rangers-Devils series. Gord Miller and Pierre McGuire will handle the opener of the Avalanche-Wild series.

TSN will use the one-up, one-down method at every available opportunity, with the play-by-play announcer in the broadcast booth and the game analyst at ice level.

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