ESPN+ Drops the Puck on the 2020-21 NHL Season with 68-Game Early Season Schedule

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ESPN+ Drops the Puck on the 2020-21 NHL Season with 68-Game Early Season Schedule

Every Team Featured on ESPN+ in January & February

Daily Episodes of In The Crease Return with Hosts Linda Cohn & Barry Melrose, Exclusively on ESPN+

The 2020-21 NHL season on ESPN+ will begin Thursday, Jan. 14, featuring a 68-game schedule across its first two months. The early season schedule for the league’s third season on the industry-leading sports streaming service will regularly provide fans with two games each day and up to 13 games per week.

Throughout the first two months of the season, the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning will return to the ice with six appearances on ESPN+. The 2019-20 Western Conference Champion Dallas Stars also make three stops on ESPN+ in Jan. and Feb. The Edmonton Oilers lead in overall early season ESPN+ appearances with eight. The schedule also features 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs rematches, including:

  • 30 & 31 – The Philadelphia Flyers host the New York Islanders in a second round rematch on back-to-back nights
  • 23 – The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Lightning following their 4-1 series defeat in the first round last season
  • 27 – The Arizona Coyotes take on the Colorado Avalanche looking to make up for their first round loss in 2020

ESPN+ will also bring hockey fans the return of its exclusive daily NHL show, In The Crease, co-hosted by Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose, debuting its new season on Jan. 14. 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 more. New episodes will be available every morning following game nights at 10 a.m. ET and available anytime on demand.

ESPN.com’s extensive NHL coverage will also continue this season led by national NHL reporter Emily Kaplan and senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski. Last season, Kaplan provided coverage from the Stanley Cup Final as the only in-arena reporter for ESPN, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more at ESPN Front Row. Kaplan and Wyshynski also co-wrote “NHL Bubble Confidential,” an eye-opening look at life inside the 2020 NHL bubbles in Toronto and Edmonton. Before the first faceoff of the 2021 season, fans can also catch up on what they might have missed this offseason and ESPN.com’s picks for the season ahead. This season, fans can also expect to find Wyshynski’s unique perspective – including his weekly column, “The Wysh List” — as part of the expanded ESPN+ editorial offering.

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NHL on ESPN+ Early Season Schedule

Date Time(ET) Event
Thu, Jan 14 7 p.m. Washington Capitals at Buffalo Sabres
9 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers
Fri, Jan 15 7 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at Tampa Bay Lightning
9 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche
Sat, Jan 16 7 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators
8 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Nashville Predators
Mon, Jan 18 9 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames
Montreal Canadiens at Edmonton Oilers
Tue, Jan 19 7:30 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Detroit Red Wings
8 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators
Wed, Jan 20 10 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Vancouver Canucks
Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Jan 21 10 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Los Angeles Kings
Fri, Jan 22 7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Toronto Maple Leafs
8:30 p.m. Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
Sat, Jan 23 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets
8 p.m. Los Angeles Kings at St. Louis Blues
Sun, Jan 24 7 p.m. New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins
9 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Tue, Jan 26 9 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Colorado Avalanche
St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Jan 28 7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins
9 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Vegas Golden Knights
Sat, Jan 30 7 p.m. Boston Bruins at Washington Capitals
New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers
Sun, Jan 31 7 p.m. New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers
8 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Anaheim Ducks
Mon, Feb 1 8 p.m. Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets
Tue, Feb 2 7 p.m. New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins
10 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Edmonton Oilers
Thu, Feb 4 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders
9 p.m. Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche
Fri, Feb 5 7 p.m. Detroit Red Wings at Tampa Bay Lightning
10 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks
Sat, Feb 6 7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders
7:30 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins
Sun, Feb 7 3 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Arizona Coyotes at Minnesota Wild
Mon, Feb 8 8 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators
Tue, Feb 9 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Washington Capitals
10 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames
Thu, Feb 11 7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Montreal Canadiens
New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers
Sat, Feb 13 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers
8 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at Dallas Stars
Mon, Feb 15 7:30 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings
10 p.m. Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Feb 16 8:30 p.m. Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars
10 p.m. Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings
Thu, Feb 18 7 p.m. Nashville Predators at Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
Fri, Feb 19 7:30 p.m. Florida Panthers at Detroit Red Wings
9 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames
Sat, Feb 20 7 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens
9 p.m. Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks
Sun, Feb 21 5 p.m. New York Rangers at Washington Capitals
Mon, Feb 22 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at New Jersey Devils
9 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche
Tue, Feb 23 7:30 p.m. Nashville Predators at Detroit Red Wings
10 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks
Thu, Feb 25 7 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning
Pittsburgh Penguins at Washington Capitals
Fri, Feb 26 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres
10:30 p.m. St. Louis Blues at San Jose Sharks
Sat, Feb 27 8 p.m. Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks
9 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Arizona Coyotes
Sun, Feb 28 3 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Buffalo Sabres
5 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

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

**Schedule subject to change

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