The National Hockey League (NHL) 2021-2022 season kicks off next month and ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC will be bringing fans all the action.

What’s Happening:

  • The NHL is returning to ESPN this fall with 103 regular season games slated to air across ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC.
  • Additionally, diehard hockey fans can also catch more than 1,000 out-of-market games as part of their ESPN+ subscription.
  • Beginning October 12th, ESPN, ESPN+ and Hulu will be the destination for Tuesday night hockey throughout the regular season.
  • ESPN+ and Hulu will also showcase an exclusive game every Friday night until January, then every Thursday night for the remainder of the regular season.
  • ABC will regularly carry Saturday games beginning in February.
  • The season kicks off on October 12th with the 2021 NHL FaceOff doubleheader as the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Tampa Bay Lightning at 7:30 pm ET, followed by the Seattle Kraken’s debut against the Vegas Golden Knights at 10 pm ET. Both games will air on ESPN and will be simulcast on ESPN+.

ESPN+ AND HULU

  • Each Tuesday in 2021 (October 19-December 28) ESPN+ will host at least one exclusive matchup and the 2021 Stanley Cup Final rematch between the Montreal Canadiens and the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • ESPN+ continues its premier slate in 2022 with Tuesday and Thursday night matchups through the remainder of the 2021-22 regular season.  
  • The final game of the ESPN+ schedule will feature Tampa Bay Lightning taking on the New York Islanders on Thursday, April 28, in a rematch of the 2021 Stanley Cup Semifinals.
  • Additionally, ESPN+ will stream more than 1,000 out-of-market games, all as part of an ESPN+ subscription.

ESPN+ and Hulu Exclusive Game Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Network

Teams

Oct. 15

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Minnesota vs. Anaheim

Oct. 19

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Colorado vs. Washington

Oct. 22

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Boston vs. Buffalo

8:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Los Angeles vs. Dallas

Oct. 23

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Vancouver vs. Seattle

Oct. 26

8:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

San Jose vs. Nashville

Oct. 29

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Florida vs. Detroit

Nov. 2

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

New Jersey vs. Anaheim

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Buffalo vs. San Jose

Nov. 5

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Arizona vs. Anaheim

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

New Jersey vs. Los Angeles

Nov. 9

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Florida vs. New Jersey

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Seattle vs. Vegas

Nov. 12

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Edmonton vs. Buffalo

8:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Arizona vs. Chicago

Nov. 16

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

NY Islanders vs. Florida

8:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Detroit vs. Dallas

Nov. 19

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Colorado vs. Seattle

Nov. 23

8:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Edmonton vs. Dallas

Nov. 26

3:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

NY Rangers vs. Boston

6 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

New Jersey vs. Nashville

Nov. 30

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

San Jose vs. New Jersey

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Tampa Bay vs. St. Louis

Dec. 3

9:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Vegas vs. Arizona

Dec. 7

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Nashville vs. Detroit

7:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Anaheim vs. Buffalo

Dec. 10

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Pittsburgh vs. Washington

7:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Nashville vs. New Jersey

Dec. 14

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Carolina vs. Minnesota

9 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

NY Rangers vs. Colorado

Dec. 17

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Dallas vs. St. Louis

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Arizona vs. Anaheim

Dec. 21

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Washington vs. Philadelphia

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Arizona vs. Seattle

Dec. 28

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Montreal vs. Tampa Bay

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Arizona vs. San Jose

Jan. 4

8:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Colorado vs. Chicago

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

NY Islanders vs. Seattle

Jan. 6

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Pittsburgh vs. Philadelphia

Jan. 11

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Detroit vs. San Jose

Jan. 13

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Columbus vs. Carolina

Jan. 17

4 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Montreal vs. Arizona

Jan. 18

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Columbus vs. NY Islanders

Jan. 20

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Washington vs. Boston

Jan. 25

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Dallas vs. New Jersey

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Nashville vs. Seattle

Jan. 27

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Los Angeles vs. NY Islanders

Feb. 1

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Florida vs. NY Rangers

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Buffalo vs. Vegas

Feb. 24

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Columbus vs. Florida

March 1

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

New Jersey vs. Columbus

March 4

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Minnesota vs. Buffalo

March 7

7:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Toronto vs. Columbus

March 8

7:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Arizona vs. Detroit

March 10

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Minnesota vs. Detroit

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Anaheim vs. Nashville

March 15

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Florida vs. San Jose

March 17

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

San Jose vs. Los Angeles

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Florida vs. Vegas

March 22

10:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Nashville vs. Los Angeles

March 24

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Philadelphia vs. St. Louis

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Chicago vs. Los Angeles

March 25

10 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Seattle vs. Anaheim

March 29

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Carolina vs. Tampa Bay

March 31

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Columbus vs. NY Islanders

April 5

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Carolina vs. Buffalo

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Minnesota vs. Nashville

April 7

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Pittsburgh vs. NY Rangers

7:30 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Buffalo vs. Carolina

April 14

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Detroit vs. Carolina

April 19

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Boston vs. St. Louis

April 21

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Detroit vs. Florida

April 25,

8 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Philadelphia vs. Chicago

April 26

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Edmonton vs. Pittsburgh

April 28

7 pm

ESPN+/Hulu

Tampa Bay vs. NY Islanders

ESPN

  • ESPN will carry 18 exclusive regular-season games beginning with the NHL FaceOff on Opening Night. ESPN will air an exclusive game each Tuesday throughout October.
  • In February, ESPN will also carry the 2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition on Friday, February 4th in primetime from Las Vegas.
  • Following the Winter Olympic Break, as the regular season pushes towards the playoffs, ESPN ramps up its coverage with three doubleheaders in the month of April.

ESPN Exclusive Game Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Network

Teams

Oct. 12

7:30 pm

ESPN/ESPN+

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

10 pm

ESPN/ESPN+

Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights

Oct. 19

8 pm

ESPN

New York Islanders vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Oct. 26

8 pm

ESPN

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Colorado Avalanche

Jan. 6

7 pm

ESPN

Minnesota Wild vs. Boston Bruins

Jan. 13

7 pm

ESPN

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Boston Bruins

Jan. 20

9:30 pm

ESPN

Colorado Avalanche vs. Los Angeles Kings

Feb. 24

7 pm

ESPN

Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers

March 3

9 pm

ESPN

Boston Bruins vs. Vegas Golden Knights

March 24

7 pm

ESPN

Dallas Stars vs. Carolina Hurricanes

April 12

7 pm

ESPN

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Washington Capitals

9:30 pm

ESPN

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Dallas Stars

April 14

8 pm

ESPN

Minnesota Wild vs. Dallas Stars

April 19

10 pm

ESPN

Los Angeles Kings vs. Anaheim Ducks

April 21

8 pm

ESPN

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

10:30 pm

ESPN

St. Louis Blues vs. San Jose Sharks

April 26

7 pm

ESPN

New York Islanders vs. Washington Capitals

9:30 pm

ESPN

St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche

ABC

  • ABC will carry 10 regular season games, including the 2021 Thanksgiving Showdown between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, November 26th.  
  • Additional highlights include the 2022 All-Star Game on Saturday, February 5 from Las Vegas.
  • Beginning February 26th, ABC will host a weekly Saturday NHL game throughout the remainder of the regular season. All ABC games will be simulcast on ESPN+.

Exclusive ABC Schedule

Date

Time (ET)

Network

Teams

Nov. 26

1 pm

ABC/ESPN+

St. Louis Blues vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Feb. 5

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

2022 NHL All-Star Game

Feb 26

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

March 5

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Philadelphia Flyers

March 12

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

Philadelphia Flyers vs. Carolina Hurricanes

March 19

8 pm

ABC/ESPN+

New York Rangers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

March 26

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden Knights

April 2

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Colorado Avalanche

April 9

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

April 16

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis Blues

April 23

3 pm

ABC/ESPN+

New York Rangers vs. Boston Bruins

Stanley Cup Playoffs

  • The NHL’s Stanley Cup Final and Stanley Cup Playoffs action will return to the ABC and ESPN networks beginning with the 2021-22 season.
  • ESPN and ABC will have live, exclusive coverage of one Conference Final series and half of all First Round and Second Round games from the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • In March, The Walt Disney Company, ESPN and the National Hockey League announced a seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal, beginning with the 2021-2022 season and continuing through the 2027-28 season.