Four Exclusive NHL Games this Week on ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu

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Four Exclusive NHL Games this Week on ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu

  • ESPN Doubleheader on Tuesday Featuring the Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues at 7:30 p.m. ET followed by Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers in a Battle of the Connor-Verse at 10 p.m. ET
  • NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman Joins SportsCenter and During ESPN Doubleheader Game Intermissions Live on Tuesday from Bristol HQ
  • The Point Continues Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+
  • Game Action Continues Exclusively on ESPN+/Hulu on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Redwings and Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET with the Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes
  • 41 NHL Power Play Games Streaming on ESPN+

The NHL season continues Tuesday, December 12, with an ESPN doubleheader beginning with the Detroit Red Wings and new team addition Patrick Kane going head-to-head with the St. Louis Blues and team leader in points, goals and assists Robert Thomas in an interconference matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET. Later that night, a Western Conference matchup features the Battle of the Connor-Verse: 2023 number-one draft pick Connor Bedard and the Chicago Blackhawks host reigning Hart Memorial Trophy winner Connor McDavid and the red hot Edmonton Oilers – riding a seven-game win streak – for their first contest this season at 10 p.m. ET.

Throughout Tuesday evening’s game intermissions, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joins Steve Levy, Mark Messier, P.K. Subban and Arda Öcal in studio following an appearance on SportsCenter at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Thursday, the Carolina Hurricanes and its point-leading duo of Sebastian Aho and Martin Necas aim for a win on the road as they travel to take on the Detroit Red Wings and Alex DeBrincat, who leads the team in points and goals at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu. Friday, the Nashville Predators and Filip Forsberg, who leads his team in points, goals and assists, take on the Carolina Hurricanes in their second exclusive appearance this week for an interconference matchup at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu.

ESPN’s NHL weekly studio show, The Point, returns on Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET with host Steve Levy alongside analysts Mark Messier and P.K. Subban. This week the team covers top storylines from around the league, including discussions ahead of Blackhawks-Oilers with Connor vs. Connor. ESPN’s Blake Bolden returns to the ice with special guest Nick the Goalie taking on the Blackhawks’ Connor Bedard.

Exclusive NHL games on ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu this week:

Date Time (ET) Platform(s) Game/Studio Show ESPN Commentators
Tuesday, Dec. 12 6 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN+ The Point

The Point hosted by Steve Levy is joined by analysts Mark Messier and P.K. Subban cover top storylines from around league, including St. Louis Blues President Chris Zimmerman joining ahead of the Blues’ Hockey Fights Cancer game. Emily Kaplan recaps hits from around the league and live look ins at Red Wings warm ups.

Host: Steve Levy

Analyst: Mark Messier, P.K. Subban

7 p.m. ESPN SportsCenter

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman joins SportsCenter live from Bristol headquarters at approximately 7:15 p.m. ET.

Anchors: Elle Duncan, Kevin Negandhi
7:30 p.m. ESPN Detroit Red Wings at St. Louis Blues

The Red Wings (14-8-4) and Alex DeBrincat who leads the team in goals and points, face the Blues (13-13-1) and the team’s points, goals and assists leader Robert Thomas as they aim for a home win at Enterprise Center.

Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: Kevin Weekes

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

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

Special Guest: Commissioner Bettman

10 p.m. ESPN Chicago Blackhawks at Edmonton Oilers

The Blackhawks (9-17-1) and rookie sensation Connor Bedard, who leads the team in points, goals and assists, face off against the Oilers (12-12-1) and team points and assists leader,  Connor McDavid, in the first Battle of the Connors for a Western Conference matchup at Rogers Place.

Play-by-Play: John Buccigross

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Leah Hextall

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

Special Guest: Commissioner Bettman

Thursday, Dec. 14 7:30 p.m. ESPN+/Hulu Carolina Hurricanes at Detroit Red Wings

The Hurricanes (14-12-1) and Sebastian Aho face the Red Wings (14-8-4) in the first of three contests this season from Little Caesars Arena.

Play-by-Play: Steve Levy

Analyst: Kevin Weekes

In Studio: Arda Öcal, AJ Mleczko

Friday, Dec. 15 7:30 p.m. ESPN+/Hulu Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes

|The Predators (15-13-0) and  top goal scorer  Ryan O’Reilly face the Hurricanes (14-12-1) and its team-leading goal scorer Teuvo Teravainen at PNC Arena for an Eastern Conference matchup.

Play-by-Play: Mike Monaco

Analyst: Ryan Callahan

Reporter: Blake Bolden

In Studio: Arda Öcal, AJ Mleczko

*Please note commentator assignments may be subject to change.

NHL Power Play on ESPN+ (Out-of-Market Games on ESPN+)

In addition to 50 exclusive games on ESPN+/Hulu, more than 1,050 out-of-market games will be available through NHL Power Play on ESPN+ – available to all ESPN+ subscribers – throughout the season. Included in this week’s highlighted Power Play games is a marquee matchup between the Metropolitan-division leading New York Rangers and Atlantic-division leading Boston Bruins – both tied for second in league total points.

NHL Power Play games include the choice of two separate live streams with either home team or away team commentary, as well as Canadian national presentations of Hockey Night in Canada, providing a local experience for fans no matter where they are in the U.S. Replays of every NHL regular season and playoff game on ABC, ESPN, NHL Network, and TNT are also made available to stream on NHL Power Play on ESPN+. To sign up, visit ESPNPlus.com.

NHL Digital Content on ESPN.com and ESPN App

Go to ESPN.com/NHL or the ESPN App for up-to-the-minute NHL news, information and analysis, including premium editorial content by ESPN senior NHL writer Greg Wyshynski, exclusively for ESPN+ subscribers.

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Based out of the Los Angeles Production Center in LA, California, Andrea DiCristoforo is a Communications Manager focusing on the NHL, X Games, ESPN Events and Men's & Women's College Hockey. 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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