How to Watch Week 1 of the NHL Season Without Cable

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The 2021-22 NHL season is underway as the league’s 32 teams compete for a chance to win the Stanley Cup. During Tuesday night’s season opener, the defending champion Tampa Bay Lightning raised their banner in front of 19,000 cheering fans. Unfortunately for the Lightning, they were defeated by the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-2, on what was supposed to be a celebratory night.

The NHL’s newest teams capped off opening night when the Seattle Kraken traveled to Sin City to take on the Vegas Golden Knights.  The Kraken played their first game in franchise history on the road in T-Mobile Arena filled with over 18,000 fans. The night wasn’t golden for the Kraken as Vegas handed the league’s newest franchise a 4-3 defeat.

Fans will notice some differences when it comes to the viewing experience this season. The league has new broadcast partners, ESPN, Hulu, and ABC will have exclusive rights to over 103 games. This is the first time that ABC has aired hockey games since 2004. They won’t be the only new broadcaster for the NHL this season, TNT, TBS, and HBO Max will cover some of the national broadcasts, Winter Classics, and select Stanley Cups over the next 7 years.

The hard-hitting action on the ice has returned. Fans are back at stadiums to cheer on their favorite team and to watch every goal and body check. Cord cutters can find out how to watch every single moment of Week 1 of the 2021-2022 NHL season without cable below.

NHL Start Times and Channels

Wednesday, October 13

Game Time Channels
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM ESPN+, TVAS, Sportsnet
New York Rangers at Washington Capitals 7:30 PM TNT
Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche 10:00 PM TNT
Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers 10:00 PM ESPN+, Sportsnet
Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM ESPN+, Sportsnet1, Sportsnet360, Bally Sports SoCal, Bally Sports San Diego

Thursday, October 14

Game Time Channels
Montreal Canadiens at Buffalo Sabres 7:00 PM ESPN+, MSG-B, TSN2, RDS
Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators 7:00 PM ESPN+, RDS2, TSN4, TSN5
Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers 7:00 PM ESPN+, ATT SportsNet-Pittsburgh,  Bally Sports Florida
Dallas Stars at New York Rangers 7:00 PM ESPN+, MSG, Bally Sports Southwest
New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes 7:00 PM ESPN+, TVAS, MSG+, Bally Sports Southeast
Arizona Coyotes at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports Arizona, Bally Sports Ohio
Tampa Bay Lightning at Detroit Red Sox 7:30 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports Sun, Bally Sports Detroit
Seattle Kraken at Nashville Predators 8:00 PM NHL Network, Bally Sports South, ROOT Northwest
Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings 10:30 PM ESPN+, TVAS, ATT SportsNet-Rocky Mountain,  Bally Sports West

Friday, October 15

Game Time Channels
Chicago Blackhawks at New Jersey Devils 7:00 PM NHL Network, TVAS, MSG+, NBC Sports Chicago
Vancouver Canucks at Philadelphia Flyers 7:00 PM ESPN+, SN1, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Minnesota Wild at Anaheim Ducks 10:00 PM ESPN+, HULU

Saturday, October 16

Game Time Channels
Arizona Coyotes at Buffalo Sabres 1:00 PM NHL Network, Sportsnet, MSG-B, Bally Sports Arizona
New York Islanders at Florida Panthers 6:00 PM ESPN+, MSG+, Bally Sports Florida
Dallas Stars at Boston Bruins 7:00 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports Southwest, NESN
Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs 7:00 PM ESPN+, CBC, SNO, SNW
New York Rangers at Montreal Canadiens 7:00 PM ESPN+, TVAS, CITY, SNE, MSG
Vancouver Canucks at Detroit Red Wings 7:00 PM ESPN+, SNP, Bally Sports Detroit
Chicago Blackhawks at Pittsburgh Penguins 7:00 PM NHL Network, NBC Sports Chicago, ATT SportsNet-Pittsburgh
Tampa Bay Lightning at Washington Capitals  7:00 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports Sun, NBC Sports Washington
Seattle Kraken at Columbus Blue Jackets 7:00 PM ESPN+, ROOT Northwest, Bally Sports Ohio
Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators 8:00 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports Southeast
St. Louis Blues at Colorado Avalanche 9:00 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports Midwest, Altitude
Calgary Flame at Edmonton Oilers 10:00 PM ESPN+, CBC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Winnipeg Jets at San Jose Sharks 10:00 PM ESPN+, CITY, SNW, NBC Sports California
Minnesota Wild at Los Angeles Kings 10:00 PM ESPN+, Bally Sports North, Bally Sports Wisconsin, Bally Sports West

Sunday, October 17

Game Time Channels
Dallas Stars at Ottawa Senators 5:00 PM NHL Network, TVAS, TSN5, Bally Sports Southwest

Where to Watch NHL Games This Week

With a full schedule of NHL games across the country, fans have plenty of choices when it comes to watching each game from the opening face-off to the goal.

ESPN+: Watch select NHL games throughout the season on ESPN+ for $6.99 per month, or save over 15% with an ESPN+ Annual Plan at $69.99 per year. ESPN+ will stream every non-national out-of-market game throughout the 2021-22 NHL regular season.

Hulu with Live: Hulu will be home to over 75 games this season. Cord cutters can subscribe to Hulu and watch thousands of hours of content from their expanding library and live hockey games starting at $69.99 per year or $6.99/mo.

Disney Bundle: The Disney Bundle brings you ESPN+, Hulu, and Disney+ at a discounted price of $13.99/mo for Hulu (Ad-Supported) or for $19.99/mo. with Hulu (No Ads). The Bundle gives you access to everything on Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+. If you upgrade your bundle to include Hulu with Live, that includes over 75 nationally televised games on Hulu, 11 national games simulcasted on ABC, and over 1,000 out-of-market games.

Subscribers to live TV streaming services can check out our chart below to see if your service will be streaming today’s games.

Channel DirecTV Stream fuboTV Hulu with Live Sling Orange Sling Blue YouTube TV
$69.99 $64.99 $64.99 $35 $35 $64.99
TNT X X X X X
TBS X X X X X
NHL Network 94.99 $10/mo. with the Sports Lite package add-on +$11/mo. with the Sports Extra package add-on +$11/mo. with the Sports Extra package add-on
Altitude 84.99
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh 84.99 X
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain 84.99 X
AT&T SportsNet Southwest 84.99 X
Bally Sports Arizona 84.99
Bally Sports Carolinas 84.99
Bally Sports Detroit 84.99
Bally Sports Florida 84.99
Bally Sports Midwest 84.99
Bally Sports North 84.99
Bally Sports Ohio 84.99
Bally Sports San Diego 84.99
Bally Sports SoCal 84.99
Bally Sports South 84.99
Bally Sports Southeast 84.99
Bally Sports Southwest 84.99
Bally Sports Sun 84.99
Bally Sports Tennessee 84.99
Bally Sports West 84.99
Bally Sports Wisconsin 84.99
MSG 84.99 X
MSG+ 84.99 X
NBC Sports Bay Area 84.99 X X X
NESN 84.99 X X
NBC Sports California 84.99 X X X
NBC Sports Chicago 84.99 X X X
NBC Sports Philadelphia X X X
NBC Sports Washington 84.99 X X X
Root Sports Northwest 84.99 X
SportsNet NY 84.99 X X X

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