Breaking it Down: How to Watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC


Breaking it Down: How to Watch the NHL on ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC


As the National Hockey League returns to The Walt Disney Company and ESPN’s collection of television and direct-to-consumer streaming platforms, hockey fans will have more options than ever to watch the 2021-22 season. Here’s how to catch all the NHL action on The Walt Disney Company and ESPN television and streaming platforms:


  • 75 exclusive, ESPN-produced regular-season games on ESPN+ and Hulu
  • ESPN and ABC to showcase a combined 28 exclusive regular-season games
  • 1000+ Out-of-Market games available on ESPN+ throughout the season


  • Exclusive Games
    • 75 total exclusive, ESPN-produced national games on ESPN+ and Hulu
    • Exclusive, national games will stream each Tuesday and Friday in 2021.
    • January through the end of the season, national games will stream each Tuesday and Thursday, plus limited Fridays.
    • ESPN+ will air the Kraken Home Opener (Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken) on Saturday, October 23.
    • All ABC windows and the October 12 season-opening NHL FaceOff doubleheader on ESPN will be simulcast live on ESPN+.
  • Out-of-Market Package
    • More than 1,000+ Out-of-Market games will stream on ESPN+.
    • All Out-of-Market games are included in an ESPN+ subscription, with no additional cost.
    • Out-of-Market games on ESPN+ will feature the option to choose either a Home or Away team commentary feed.
    • All Out-of-Market games will be subject to local blackout rules. To find out which games are blacked out in specific zip codes, visit the NHL Blackout Detector.
    • All NHL games, including those produced by TNT and NHL Network, will be available for replay on ESPN+. Most will be available on-demand shortly after being live.
      • All TWDC Company games will be available immediately following the broadcast.
      • TNT and NHL Network games will be available 24 hours after the scheduled end time of each match.
      • Blacked out games will be available for archival viewing on ESPN+ 24 hours after scheduled end times.


  • Hulu will stream the same 75 exclusive, ESPN-produced national games that are on ESPN+.


  • ESPN will carry 18 exclusive regular-season games beginning with the NHL FaceOff on Opening Night. ESPN’s October 12 NHL FaceOff doubleheader will be simulcast live on ESPN+.
  • ESPN will air an exclusive game each Tuesday throughout October and carry three Thursday night matchups in January, beginning January 6.
  • ESPN games will be available in the ESPN App with their TV everywhere credentials.


  • ABC will carry 10 regular-season games, including the 2021 Thanksgiving Showdown, on Friday, November 26.
  • ABC will carry the 2022 All-Star Game on Saturday, February 5, from Las Vegas.
  • Beginning February 26, ABC will host weekly marquee matchups on ABC Hockey Saturday throughout the regular season.
  • All ABC games will be simulcast on ESPN+, while games on ESPN will be available in the ESPN App with their TV everywhere credentials.

For details including game times and the most up-to-date schedule, please visit

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Olivia Coryell

Based out of Austin, Texas, Olivia Coryell is a communications manager focusing on ESPN+, The Walt Disney Company's leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service. In her time at ESPN, Coryell has worked on communications efforts for X Games, Brand Marketing, Corporate Citizenship, esports and more. Coryell is a proud graduate of Florida State University.
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