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NBC hockey announcers will jump back and forth between conference finals series

Sports commentator Doc Emrick waves to fans as

Sports commentator Doc Emrick waves to fans as he is presented with a car from the New Jersey Devils during a ceremony to honor him before their game against the Vancouver Canucks. (Feb. 24, 2012) Credit: AP

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.

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."

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