Rather than use consistent announcing teams for the two NHL conference finals, NBC will mix and match.

So while Doc Emrick will be on play-by-play for Games 1, 2 and 5 of the Lightning-Rangers series, Tom Forslund will call Game 3 and Kenny Albert Game 4.

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Meanwhile, Albert will call Games 1, 2 and 5 of the Blackhawks-Ducks series and Emrick Games 3 and 4.

Assignments for Games 6 and 7 will be determined later.

Albert also will handle Rangers radio play-by-play for every game other than Game 4 -- assuming his complex, transcontinental travel arrangements go smoothly.

Why all the shuffling? Said an NBC spokesman: "We love the idea of putting Doc, Eddie [Olczyk] and Pierre [McGuire] on both series, as it will help them take the pulse of the teams that will face off in the Stanley Cup Final."