The brand new season opens Tuesday: watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN+, ABC and Hulu


The NHL season returns on Oct. 12 with a doubleheader that may air on ESPN. The primary recreation will function the Pittsburgh Penguins on the Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 p.m. ET, and the nightcap will showcase the Seattle Kraken, the NHL’s latest franchise, in opposition to the Vegas Golden Knights. Each video games may also have simulcasts out there on ESPN+.

It will mark the primary time ESPN has aired NHL video games since 2004. ESPN+ will broadcast 75 unique regular-season video games, with ABC and ESPN airing a mixed 28 unique regular-season video games for a complete of 103 video games.

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The whole broadcast schedule might be discovered here.


On ESPN+ and Hulu

  • ESPN+ will air one unique matchup each Tuesday from Oct. 19 to Dec. 28.

  • ESPN may have an unique Friday evening matchup with Hulu till January.

  • In 2022, unique matchups on ESPN+ shall be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • Greater than 1,000 out-of-market video games shall be out there on ESPN+.

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  • ABC will air 10 regular-season video games.
  • A type of 10 video games would be the 2021 Thanksgiving Showdown between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, Nov. 26.

  • The 2022 NHL All-Star recreation will air on ABC.

  • Starting Feb. 22, ABC will air a weekly recreation on Saturday evening.

  • All ABC video games might be watched on ESPN+.

Stanley Cup playoffs

  • The Stanley Cup playoffs and Stanley Cup Last will return to ESPN and ABC beginning with the 2021-2022 season.
  • As a part of the seven-year TV deal between ESPN and the NHL, ESPN and ABC may have unique protection of 1 convention finals and half of all first- and second-round video games.

Featured video games and networks

  • Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim Ducks: Oct. 15 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Chicago Blackhawks vs. New York Islanders: Oct. 19 on ESPN

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Washington Capitals: Oct. 19 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche: Oct. 26 on ESPN

  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs St. Louis Blues: Nov. 30 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • New York Rangers vs. Colorado Avalanche: Dec. 14 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Dec. 21 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago Blackhawks: Jan. 4 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins: Jan. 6 on ESPN

  • Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers: Jan. 6 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings: Jan 20 on ESPN

  • Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins: Jan. 20 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Feb. 26 on ABC

  • Minnesota Wild vs. Detroit Red Wings: March 8 on ESPN+

  • St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia Flyers: March 24 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: April 9 on ABC

  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals: April 12 on ESPN

  • Boston Bruins vs. St. Louis Blues: April 19 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning: April 21 on ESPN

  • New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins: April 23 on ABC

  • Philadelphia Flyers vs. Chicago Blackhawks: April 25 on ESPN+ and Hulu

  • New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals: April 26 on ESPN