2018-19 NHL Season Puck Drops on ESPN+ October 4

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2018-19 NHL Season Puck Drops on ESPN+ October 4

  • More Than 180 NHL Games Coming to ESPN+ This Season
  • Exclusive Daily Highlights and Analysis Show In the Crease Returns to ESPN+ October 3

The puck drops on the NHL season next week, and hockey fans can watch live games all season long on ESPN+, the premium direct-to-consumer video service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International (DTCI) and ESPN. The inaugural NHL on ESPN+ season begins Thursday, Oct. 4 and will include more than 180 live games, with up to nine games each week during the regular season (regularly including two games per day on Thursdays and Saturdays), all available to subscribers via the ESPN App.

The Stanley Cup® Champion Washington Capitals and captain Alex Ovechkin visit division rival Pittsburgh Penguins and captain Sidney Crosby on October 4th for the season opener on ESPN+. October’s schedule also includes a number of division rivalries, with multiple appearances by many teams including the Boston Bruins, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Philadelphia Flyers, Detroit Red Wings, Los Angeles Kings, New York Rangers, and more. Highlights include:

  • 11 – Western Conference Champion Vegas Golden Knights visit the Penguins
  • 13 — Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers at the New York Rangers
  • 18 — Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs, led by Auston Matthews and John Tavares
  • 23 — Penguins vs Oilers
  • 25 — Capitals vs Oilers
  • 27 — Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks take on rival St. Louis Blues, led by Alex Pietrangelo

ESPN+ is the most comprehensive multi-sport streaming product on the market, offering fans access to thousands of games and events from professional leagues in the U.S. and around the world, as well as a robust college sports lineup. The NHL schedule on ESPN+ expands the premium services’ portfolio of live events from major U.S. leagues, which includes more than 180 MLB games per season, more than 250 games per season from Major League Soccer, as well as dozens of top bouts from Top Rank Boxing and UFC (beginning in 2019).

ESPN+ will also bring hockey fans the exclusive nightly hockey show, In The Crease, co-hosted by ESPN’s Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose, debuting its new season on October 3rd. In the Crease brings viewers comprehensive highlights and analysis of NHL games, plus interviews with top players and coaches from around the league, ESPN.com NHL writers, and guest appearances from SportsCenter anchors Steve Levy and John Buccigross. A new episode posts each night after the action on the ice is complete for fans to watch when they want, on demand.

NHL on ESPN+ Upcoming Schedule

Date Time (EST) Event
Thu, Oct 4 7 p.m. Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
Fri, Oct 5 10:30 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Los Angeles Kings
Sat, Oct 6 8p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues
Sat, Oct 6 10 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
Sun, Oct 7 5 p.m. New York Rangers at Carolina Hurricanes
Mon, Oct 8 1 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Boston Bruins
Tues, Oct 9 8 p.m. Calgary Flames at Nashville Predators
Wed, Oct 10 10 p.m. Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks
Thu, Oct 11 7 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Pittsburgh Penguins
Thu, Oct 11 8 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Nashville Predators
Sat, Oct 13 1 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at New York Rangers
Sat, Oct 13 7 p.m. Detroit Red Wings at Boston Bruins
Sun, Oct 14 7 p.m. Anaheim Ducks at St. Louis Blues
Mon, Oct 15 7:30 p.m. Los Angeles Kings at Toronto Maple Leafs
Tue, Oct 16 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at New Jersey Devils
Wed, Oct 17 10 p.m. New York Islanders at Anaheim Ducks
Thu, Oct 18 7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Toronto Maple Leafs
Thu, Oct 18 10:30 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at San Jose Sharks
Fri, Oct 19 7 p.m. Florida Panthers at Washington Capitals
Sat, Oct 20 7 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at Columbus Blue Jackets
Sat, Oct 20 10 p.m. Nashville Predators at Edmonton Oilers
Sun, Oct 21 7 p.m. Calgary Flames at New York Rangers
Mon, Oct 22 7 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Philadelphia Flyers
Tue, Oct 23 9 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers
Wed, Oct 24 10 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Oct 25 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins
Thu, Oct 25 9 p.m. Washington Capitals at Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Oct 26 6 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Vegas Golden Knights
Sat, Oct 27 1 p.m. New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers
Sat, Oct 27 8 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues
Sun, Oct 28 5 p.m. Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Mon, Oct 29 10 p.m. Minnesota Wild at Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Oct 30 7:30 p.m. New Jersey Devils at Tampa Bay Lightning

Local market blackout restrictions apply to ESPN+ out-of-market games.

About ESPN+

ESPN+ is the first-ever multi-sport, direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer and International group in conjunction with ESPN. It offers fans thousands of additional live events, on-demand content and original programming not available on ESPN’s linear TV or digital networks, along with premium editorial content. This includes hundreds of MLB, NHL and MLS games, Grand Slam tennis, Top Rank boxing, PGA Tour golf, college sports, international rugby, cricket, the full library of ESPN Films (including 30 for 30) and more. In addition, subscribers get access to exclusive expert analysis and editorial content about players, teams, and leagues, as well as analytical tools to help them with their fantasy sports teams. Fans subscribe to ESPN+ for just $4.99 a month (or $49.99 per year) and cancel at any time.

Launched on April 12, ESPN+ is an integrated part of a completely redesigned ESPN App. Already the leading sports app, the new ESPN App is the premier all-in-one digital sports platform for fans and a showcase of the company’s culture of innovation. With a richer, increasingly more personalized experience, the new ESPN App curates all of ESPN’s incredible content into an experience unique to each fan’s individual tastes. ESPN+ is also available through ESPN.com.


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Paul Melvin

Sr. Director, Communications
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