Kings playoff viewing: Don’t need Versus … yet … that should cushion your whoopee


Although Versus has the Kings-Canucks’ first two games of the NHL playoffs on its schedule (Thursday and Saturday), Fox Sports West will not be blacked out from airing coverage with Bob Miller and Jim Fox as usual throughout the first round.

National TV exclusivity starts with the second round, where Versus can secure as many as two games from that round, with the rest going again on FSW.

Also, every Kings’ first-round playoff game will be moved to KLAC-AM (570), even though all the regular season games were on KTLK-AM (1150). Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans call them and do a “Kings Talk” after Game 1 (even though it’s on the road).

The Versus’ schedule coming up:

Wednesday: Ottawa-Pittsburgh Game 1, 4 p.m.; Detroit-Phoenix Game 1, 7 p.m.; Colorado-San Jose Game 1, joined in progress after Detroit-Phoenix.

Thursday: Montreal-Washington Game 1, 4 p.m.; Kings-Vancouver Game 1, 7 p.m. (blacked out in L.A.)

Friday: Ottawa-Pittsburgh Game 2, 4 p.m.; Nashville-Chicago Game 1, 6:30 p.m. (joined in progress); Detroit-Phoenix Game 2, 8 p.m. (joined in progress); Colorado-San Jose Game 2, 9:30 p.m. (joined in progress).

Saturday: Montreal-Washington Game 2, 4 p.m.: Kings-Vancouver Game 2, 7 p.m. (blacked out in L.A.)

Sunday: Pittsburgh-Ottawa Game 3, 3:30 p.m.; Nashville-Chicago Game 2, 6 p.m. (joined in progress); San Jose-Colorado Game 3, 8 p.m. (joined in progress).

Monday: Buffalo-Boston Game 3, 4 p.m.; Vancover-Kings Game 3, 7 p.m. (blacked out in L.A.);

Tuesday, April 20: Pittsburgh-Ottawa Game 4, 4 p.m.; Chicago-Nashville Game 3, 6:30 p.m. (joined in progress); San Jose-Colorado Game 4, 8:30 p.m. (joined in progress).

Wednesday, April 21: Buffalo-Boston Game 4, 4 p.m.; Vancover-Kings Game 4, 7 p.m. (blacked out in L.A.).

Thursday, April 22: Ottawa-Pittsburgh Game 5, 4 p.m.; Chicago-Nashville Game 4, 6:30 p.m. (joined in progress); Colorado-San Jose Gaem 5, 8 p.m. (joined in progress)

Friday, April 23: Montreal-Washington Game 5, 4 p.m.; Detroit-Phoenix Game 5, 7 p.m.

Saturday, April 24: Pittsburgh-Ottawa Game 6, 4 p.m.; San Jose-Colorado Game 6, TBD.

Sunday, April 25: Game 6 TBD, 4 p.m.; Vancover-Kings Game 6, TBD (blacked out in L.A.)

Monday, April 26: Washington-Montreal Game 6, 4 p.m.; Chicago-Nashville Game 6, TBD; Colorado-San Jose Game 7, TBD

Tuesday, April 27: Games TBD at 4 and 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 28: Games TBD at 4 and 7 p.m.

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