Five Exclusive NHL Games this Week on ABC, ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu

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Five Exclusive NHL Games this Week on ABC, ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu

March 20, 2023

  • ABC Hockey Saturday: Capitals vs. Penguins in Primetime Wild Card Chase Matchup
  • The Point returns on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. and Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+
  • 42 NHL Power Play Games Streaming on ESPN+

ABC Hockey Saturday highlighting the Washington Capitals against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday at 8 PM/ET on ABC and simulcast on ESPN+.

With the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs less than a month away, NHL action continues this week with five exclusive games across ABC, ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu, headlined by a primetime ABC Hockey Saturday matchup between the Alex Ovechkin-led Washington Capitals and Sidney Crosby’s Pittsburgh Penguins at 8 p.m. ET, simulcast on ESPN+. In a Metropolitan Division matchup with possible playoff implications, the Capitals continue to chase a Wild Card position as the Penguins try to hold onto its current Wild Card position in a tightly-contested Eastern Conference race. Earlier on Saturday, the puck drops in an Eastern Conference matchup between the Buffalo Sabres and the New York Islanders as both teams make a push to secure a Wild Card spot at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu.

On Tuesday, the Toronto Maple Leafs and its trio of Auston Matthews, Mitchell Marner, William Nylander along with former captain of the Islanders, John Tavares, who will face his previous Islander teammates while they visit the New York Islanders at UBS Arena beginning at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu. The Maple Leafs currently sit in second place in the Atlantic Division, as the Islanders attempt to hold onto their Wild Card position.

An exclusive ESPN doubleheader featuring interconference matchups takes place on Thursday night, beginning with the Central Division’s second-place Minnesota Wild visiting the Philadelphia Flyers at 6:30 p.m. ET. An exciting matchup between the Penguins and Central Division-leading Dallas Stars, whose Jason Robertson again just passed the 40-goal mark, begins at 9 p.m. ET at the American Airlines Arena.

Exclusive NHL game and studio shows on ESPN platforms this week:

Date Time (ET) Platform(s) Game/Studio Show ESPN Commentators
Monday, March 20 1:30 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Linda Cohn
Tuesday, March 21 6:30 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN+ The Point
The Point with Arda Öcal and Rick DiPietro will cover top storylines around the league and preview the game between the Maple Leafs and Islanders.
Host: Arda Öcal

Analyst: Rick DiPietro

 

7:30 p.m. ESPN+/Hulu Toronto Maple Leafs at New York Islanders
The Maple Leafs (42-18-9) and William Nylander, leading the team in goals, will face the Islanders (36-27-8) and their team’s leader in goals, Brock Nelson, at UBS Arena for an Eastern Conference contest.
Play-by-Play: Mike Monaco

Analyst: AJ Mleczko

In Studio: Arda Öcal,Linda Cohn, Rick DiPietro

1 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Linda Cohn
Wednesday, March 22 1:30 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Linda Cohn
Thursday, March 23 1:30 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Linda Cohn
6 p.m. ESPN2/ESPN+ The Point
The Point with Arda Öcal, P.K. Subban and Ryan Callahan will cover top storylines around the league and preview an ESPN exclusive doubleheader between the Wild-Flyers and Penguins-Stars later that night.
Host: Arda Öcal

Analysts: P.K. Subban, Ryan Callahan

6:30 p.m. ESPN Minnesota Wild at Philadelphia Flyers
The Wild (40-22-8) travel east with the league’s second-ranked goaltender, Filip Gustavsson, to face the Flyers (25-32-12) and Travis Konecny, who leads the team in points and goals at the Wells Fargo Center.
Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: Brian Boucher

Reporter: Dom Moore

In Studio: Arda Öcal, Linda Cohn, P.K. Subban, Ryan Callahan

9 p.m. ESPN Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
The Penguins (34-25-10) along with All-Star Center, Sidney Crosby, who leads the team in points and assists, will travel south to take on the Central Division-leading Stars (38-19-13) with Jason Robertson, the team’s leader in points and goals at the American Airlines Arena.
Play-by-Play: Steve Levy

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

In Studio: Arda Öcal, Linda Cohn, P.K. Subban, Ryan Callahan

1 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Linda Cohn
Friday, March 24 12 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Arda Öcal
Saturday, March 25 5 p.m. ESPN+/Hulu Buffalo Sabres at New York Islanders
The Sabres (33-30-6) with Tage Thompson, leading the team in points and goals, face the Islanders (36-27-8) in a compelling matchup with playoff implications at UBS Arena.
Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: Brian Boucher

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, AJ Mleczko, Arda Öcal, P.K. Subban

8 p.m. ABC/ESPN+ Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
The Capitals (33-31-7) and history-chasing goal scorer Alex Ovechkin face the Penguins (34-24-10) and its team leader in goals, Jake Guentzel, in an important primetime, Eastern Conference matchup as both teams aim to secure a Wild Card spot at PPG Paints Arena.
Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, AJ Mleczko, Arda Öcal, P.K. Subban

8 p.m. ESPN+

Star Watch Presentation:
Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
Players featured on Star Watch, with isolated cameras and stats, will be the Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin and the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby.

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

In Studio: Steve Levy, Mark Messier, AJ Mleczko, Arda Öcal, P.K. Subban

1:30 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Arda Öcal
Sunday, March 26 1:30 a.m. ESPN+ In The Crease Host: Arda Öcal

*Please note commentator assignments may be subject to change.

NHL Power Play on ESPN+ | This Week’s Live Out-of-Market Highlight Games
NHL Power Play on ESPN+ will present a total of 42 live out-of-market league games this week, including three appearances from the league-leading Boston Bruins. On Saturday, the Edmonton Oilers and dynamic duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaital take on the Western Conference-leading Vegas Golden Knights in an exciting division matchup between two likely playoff contenders at 10 p.m. ET, exclusively on ESPN+.
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Based out of the Los Angeles Production Center in LA, California, Andrea DiCristoforo is a Senior Publicist focusing on the NHL, X Games and Action Spots. Prior to joining ESPN in 2022, Andrea worked in Olympic Sports. She is also a proud graduate from the University of New Hampshire.
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