ESPN will open its first season of a new NHL TV contract with an Oct. 12 doubleheader, including the first-ever game for the new Seattle Kraken.
The season opens with Pittsburgh visiting defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay at 7:30, followed by the Kraken at the Vegas Golden Knights at 10 p.m.
The Kraken will play their first home game Oct. 23 against Vancouver on ESPN+ and Hulu.
ESPN, ESPN+, Hulu and ABC will feature 103 exclusive broadcasts during the regular season. More than 1,000 out-of-market gams will be on ESPN+.
ABC coverage will include Saturday games beginning in February. ESPN+ will feature at least one exclusive Tuesday night game every week from Oct. 19-Dec.28. ESPN+ and Hulu will also have a Friday night game until January, and a Thursday night game for the rest of the season.
ESPN+ and Hulu will stream their first game Oct. 15 when Minnesota visits Anaheim at 10 p.m. ET.
It’s the first NHL games on ESPN since 2004.
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