NHL Presidents Day Doubleheader on ESPN Leads Six Exclusive Games this Week

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NHL Presidents Day Doubleheader on ESPN Leads Six Exclusive Games this Week

  • Presidents Day Doubleheader features Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Louis Blues at 1 p.m. ET and Detroit Red Wings at Seattle Kraken at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN
  • Thursday Slate Begins with Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN followed by Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu
  • ABC Hockey Saturday Doubleheader features St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings at 12 p.m. ET followed by New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers at 3 p.m. ET
  • Grammy Award-Winning Pearl Jam Debuts “Dark Matter” Single During ABC Hockey Saturday
  • The Point Continues Thursday at 6 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+
  • 43 NHL Power Play Games Streaming on ESPN+

The NHL season continues this week with six exclusive games across ESPN, ABC and ESPN+/Hulu, beginning with a Presidents Day ESPN doubleheader on Monday between the Toronto Maple Leafs and St. Louis Blues – both hanging on to a Wild Card spot in their respective conferences – at 1 p.m. ET and the Detroit Red Wings at Seattle Kraken at 3:30 p.m. ET.

Thursday, the Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin take on the Tampa Bay Lightning and NHL points leader Nikita Kucherov at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Following at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu, the Nashville Predators face off against the Los Angeles Kings as both clubs try to remain in playoff contention in the Western Conference.

Closing out the week’s exclusive game schedule is an ABC Hockey Saturday doubleheader, beginning with the St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings – each making their second exclusive game appearance of the week – at 12 p.m. ET. The Metropolitan Division’s first place New York Rangers battle the third place Philadelphia Flyers in a tightly contested division showdown at 3 p.m. ET.

Pearl Jam
During Saturday’s ABC doubleheader, Grammy Award-winning rock band Pearl Jam debuts their new track “Dark Matter” as a part of ESPN’s ABC Hockey Saturday promo campaign.

ESPN’s NHL weekly studio show, The Point, returns Thursday at 6 p.m. ET with host John Buccigross alongside analyst AJ Mleczko as they cover top storylines from around the league, including latest trade rumors from ESPN’s Emily Kaplan ahead of trade deadline.

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

Date Time (ET) Platform(s) Game/Studio Show ESPN Commentators
Monday, Feb. 19 1 p.m. ESPN Toronto Maple Leafs at St. Louis Blues

The Maple Leafs (29-16-8) and Auston Matthews take on the Blues (29-23-2) and Robert Thomas an interconference matchup at Enterprise Center with both teams sitting in a Wild Card spot.

Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: Ryan Callahan

Reporter: Leah Hextall

In Studio: Steve Levy, AJ Mleczko, Arda Öcal

3:30 p.m. ESPN Detroit Red Wings at Seattle Kraken

Dylan Larkin and the Red Wings (28-20-6) aim to strengthen their Wild Card position when they face the Kraken (23-21-10) at Climate Pledge Arena.

Play-by-Play: John Buccigross

Analyst: Cassie Campbell-Pascall

In Studio: Steve Levy, AJ Mleczko, Arda Öcal

Thursday, Feb. 22 6 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN+ The Point

The Point, hosted by John Buccigross alongside analyst AJ Mleczko cover top storylines from around the league ahead of Capitals-Lightning and Predators-Kings on Thursday.

Host: John Buccigross

Analyst: AJ Mleczko

7 p.m. ESPN Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning

The Capitals (24-21-8) and Lightning (30-21-5) meet in an Eastern Conference matchup at Amalie Arena as Brayden Point and team hang on to third place in the Atlantic Division.

Play-by-Play: Steve Levy

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

In Studio: John Buccigross, AJ Mleczko

10:30 p.m. ESPN+/Hulu Nashville Predators at Los Angeles Kings

The Kings (26-16-10) host the Predators (28-25-2) at Crypto.com Arena as both teams vie for a Wild Card spot in the Western Conference.

Play-by-Play: Mike Monaco

Analyst: Cassie Campbell-Pascall

In Studio: John Buccigross, AJ Mleczko

Saturday, Feb. 24 12 p.m. ABC, ESPN+ St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings

The Blues (29-23-2) take on the Red Wings (28-20-6) at Little Caesars Arena, with both teams currently in the second Wild Card positions of their respective conferences.

Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: Kevin Weekes

Reporter: Leah Hextall

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

3 p.m. ABC, ESPN+ New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers

The Rangers (35-16-3) and Artemi Panarin visit Travis Konecny and the Flyers (29-20-7) in a hotly-contested Metropolitan Division matchup, one week after each competed in the Stadium Series.

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

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

­­­­­*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 are two Chicago Blackhawks appearances with rookie sensation Connor Bedard making his return to the lineup after a 14-game absence due to a broken jaw. The Blackhawks take on the Carolina Hurricanes on Monday at 7 p.m. ET, and later in the week on Friday when they host the Winnipeg Jets at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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 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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