ESPN+ Drops the Puck on the 2019-20 NHL Season October 3; In the Crease Returns Every Morning Following Game Nights

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ESPN+ Drops the Puck on the 2019-20 NHL Season October 3; In the Crease Returns Every Morning Following Game Nights

51 Games & Every NHL Team Featured at Least Twice in October

Golden Knights Lead Appearances for the Month on ESPN+ with Seven; Followed by Penguins with Six

The puck drops on the NHL season next week and fans can catch every team throughout the month on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. The second full season of NHL on ESPN+ begins Oct. 3 as New York Rangers and the second overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft Kaapo Kakko host the new-look Winnipeg Jets at 7 p.m. ET. Then, the Arizona Coyotes and the newly acquired Phil Kessel take on the Anaheim Ducks at 10 p.m. ESPN+ will feature 51 games during the month, all available to subscribers via the ESPN App.

Every NHL team will be featured at least twice throughout the month. The Vegas Golden Knights and Marc-Andre Fleury will appear seven times – the most of any team during the month – with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Sidney Crosby, appearing six times.

Additional October highlights include:

  • Oct. 5: Kessel makes his home debut with the Coyotes against his first NHL team – the Boston Bruins
  • Oct. 10: New Jersey Devils, with Jack Hughes – the first overall selection in the 2019 NHL Draft – host the Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid, the first overall pick in 2015
  • Oct. 10: Chicago Blackhawks host the San Jose Sharks in their home opener
  • Oct. 11: New York Islanders visit the Carolina Hurricanes in a rematch of the second round of the 2019 NHL Playoffs
  • Oct. 17: The 2019 Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning take on the defending Eastern Conference Champion Bruins
  • Oct. 21: Defending Stanley Cup Champion St. Louis Blues host Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche
  • Oct. 22: Toronto Maple Leafs visit the Bruins in a rematch of the first round of last season’s NHL Playoffs
  • Oct. 27: Erik Karlsson and the Sharks visit the Ottawa Senators, Karlsson’s former team
  • Oct. 29: Philadelphia Flyers take on the Penguins in an in-state showdown

In the Crease, the exclusive NHL studio show on ESPN+ hosted by Linda Cohn with analysis from Barry Melrose, returns Oct. 3. The show brings viewers comprehensive analysis and highlights of all NHL games, plus interviews with top players and coaches from across the league and ESPN.com NHL writers including Emily Kaplan, Greg Wyshynski and Chris Peters. SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Nabil Karim will also host select episodes. A new episode of In the Crease will air every morning at 10 a.m. following every game night.

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NHL on ESPN+ Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thu, Oct 3 7 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers
  10 p.m. Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks
Fri, Oct 4 7 p.m. Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
  10:30 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
Sat, Oct 5 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
  9 p.m. Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes
Sun, Oct 6 5 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
  7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Mon, Oct 7 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tues, Oct 8 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
  10 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Oct 10 7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at New Jersey Devils
  8:30 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 11 7 p.m. Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres
  7:30 p.m. New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Sat, Oct 12 7 p.m. New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild
Sun, Oct 13 10 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks
Mon, Oct 14 1 p.m. St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders
  5 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals
Tue, Oct 15 9 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames
  10 p.m. Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
Wed, Oct 16 10 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks
  10:30 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks
Thu, Oct 17 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
  10 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Vegas Golden Knights
Fri, Oct 18 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins
  8:30 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks
Sat, Oct 19 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings
Sun, Oct 20 5 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
  7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Mon, Oct 21 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs
  8 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Tue, Oct 22 7 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
  7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers
Thu, Oct 24 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers
  8:30 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 25 6 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights
  10 p.m. Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks
Sat, Oct 26 7 p.m. Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
Sun, Oct 27 5 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings
  7 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators
Mon, Oct 28 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Oct 29 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
  10 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks
Wed, Oct 30 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche
  10:30 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings
Thu, Oct 31 10 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights

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

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