How to watch NHL games on ESPN, ABC, ESPN+ and Hulu

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The NHL season returned on Oct. 12 with a doubleheader on ESPN. This season mark the first time ESPN has aired NHL games since 2004. ESPN+ will broadcast 75 exclusive regular-season games, with ABC and ESPN airing a combined 28 exclusive regular-season games for a total of 103 games.

The complete broadcast schedule can be found here.

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Upcoming games exclusively on ESPN networks

On ESPN+ and Hulu

  • ESPN+ will air one exclusive matchup every Tuesday from Oct. 19 to Dec. 28.

  • ESPN will have an exclusive Friday night matchup with Hulu until January.

  • In 2022, exclusive matchups on ESPN+ will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

  • More than 1,000 out-of-market games will be available on ESPN+.

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  • ESPN will air 18 exclusive games throughout the regular season.

  • The 2022 NHL All-Star Skills Competition will be aired on ESPN in February.


  • ABC will air 10 regular-season games.

  • One of those 10 games will be the 2021 Thanksgiving Showdown between the St. Louis Blues and the Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, Nov. 26.

  • The 2022 NHL All-Star game will air on ABC.

  • Beginning Feb. 22, ABC will air a weekly game on Saturday night.

  • All ABC games can be watched on ESPN+.

Stanley Cup playoffs

  • The Stanley Cup playoffs and Stanley Cup Final will return to ESPN and ABC starting with the 2021-2022 season.

  • As part of the seven-year TV deal between ESPN and the NHL, ESPN and ABC will have exclusive coverage of one conference finals and half of all first- and second-round games.

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