“NHL Big City Greens Classic 2” Headlines Four Exclusive NHL Games this Week on ABC, ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu


“NHL Big City Greens Classic 2” Headlines Four Exclusive NHL Games this Week on ABC, ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu

  • ESPN+, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney+ to Present Live “Big City Greens” Animated Presentation of Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins on Saturday at 3 p.m. ET
  • The Point Returns Thursday at 5 p.m. ET and The Point: Trade Deadline Special on Friday at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+
  • 41 NHL Power Play Games Streaming on ESPN+

The NHL regular season continues this week with four exclusive games across ABC, ESPN and ESPN+/Hulu, in addition to Saturday’s alternate presentation of “NHL Big City Greens Classic 2,” a live, animated NHL game telecast featuring the Pittsburgh Penguins and Boston Bruins at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN+, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney+. The alternate presentation will once again leverage tracking technology to recreate the action on the ice as it is happening while featuring “Big City Greens” characters skating alongside animated versions of the NHL players. The traditional telecast will be available on ABC and ESPN+.

Tuesday, the St. Louis Blues take on the New York Islanders, sitting just outside a Wild Card position in the Eastern Conference at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+/Hulu. On Thursday, the Blues make their second exclusive appearance of the week as they also try to play themselves back into a Wild Card spot against Jack Hughes and the New Jersey Devils in an interconference matchup at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN.

ABC Hockey Saturday begins its doubleheader with the Metropolitan Division’s second-ranked Carolina Hurricanes, led by Sebastian Aho, as they take on the New Jersey Devils for their second exclusive appearance this week at 12:30 p.m. ET. Following at 3 p.m. ET, the Atlantic Division’s second-ranked Bruins and David Pastrnak host the Penguins and team captain Sidney Crosby as they face off for an Eastern Conference matchup at TD Garden. Both games will be simulcast on ESPN+.

ESPN’s NHL weekly studio show, The Point, returns Thursday at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+ and again on Friday for The Point: Trade Deadline Special from 2-4 p.m. ET on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Thursday, Steve Levy hosts alongside analyst Emily Kaplan as they preview the Trade Deadline and discuss the Blues-Devils matchup later that night.

Hosted by John Buccigross, Friday’s The Point: Trade Deadline Special will provide breaking news and offer discussion and analysis of all the trade deadline’s action with analysts Kevin Weekes, Ryan Callahan and reporter Emily Kaplan.

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

Date Time (ET) Platform(s) Game/Studio Show ESPN Commentators
Tuesday, March 5 7:30 p.m. ESPN+/Hulu St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders

The Central Division Blues (30-26-3) travel to UBS Arena to take on the Islanders (25-20-14) for an Eastern Conference matchup.

Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: AJ Mleczko

In Studio: Arda Öcal, Kevin Weekes

Thursday, March 7 5 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN+ The Point

The Point continues this week with host Steve Levy alongside reporter Emily Kaplan as they cover top storylines from around the league.

Host: Steve Levy

Analyst: Emily Kaplan

7 p.m. ESPN St. Louis Blues at New Jersey Devils

The Blues (30-26-3) and points and assists leader Robert Thomas travel to face the Devils (30-25-6) its points and assists leader Jesper Bratt at the Prudential Center.

Play-by-Play: Bob Wischusen

Analyst: Ryan Callahan

Reporter: Leah Hextall

In Studio: Steve Levy, Emily Kaplan, Arda Öcal

Friday, March 8 2 p.m. ESPN2, ESPN+ The Point: Trade Deadline Special Host: John Buccigross

Analysts: Kevin Weekes, Ryan Callahan

Reporter: Emily Kaplan


Saturday, March 9 12 p.m. ABC, ESPN+ ABC Hockey Saturday Pregame Show Host: Steve Levy

Analysts: Mark Messier, P.K. Subban

12:30 p.m. ABC, ESPN+ Carolina Hurricanes at New Jersey Devils

The Hurricanes (36-18-6) and Seth Jarvis face the Devils (30-25-6) and Jack Hughes, who aim to make a push for a wild card spot.

Play-by-Play: John Buccigross

Analyst: Ryan Callahan

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

3 p.m. ABC, ESPN+ Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston Bruins

The Penguins (27-22-8) and assists leader Erik Karlssonface off with the Bruins (35-13-14) and Brad Marchand for the second ABC matchup of the day.

Play-by-Play: Sean McDonough

Analyst: Ray Ferraro

Reporter: Emily Kaplan

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

3 p.m. ESPN+, Disney+, Disney XD, Disney Channel NHL Big City Greens Classic 2
Pittsburgh Penguins at Boston  BruinsThe alternate presentation of the Penguins-Bruins game will feature real-time, virtually recreated animation of NHL players and teams modeled after characters on Disney Channel’s hit animated series “Big City Greens.”
Animated Commentators: Drew Carter, Kevin Weekes, Arda Öcal

“Big City Greens” Talent:
Chris Houghton (voice of Cricket, creator/exec. producer), Shane Houghton (voice of various characters, creator/exec. producer), Marieve Harrington (voice of Tilly), Zeno Robinson (Remy), Artemis Pebdani (Gramma)

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

­­­­­*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 appearances by the Western Conference-leading Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday against the Los Angeles Kings at 10:30 p.m. ET and Thursday against the 2023 defending Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights at 10 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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