With the addition of new media partners this year, it’s been confusing as ever for NHL fans with and without cable to understand where and what games they can actually watch.
For cable and satellite subscribers, they have been used to being able to get every game – either on their local RSN, cable network or broadcast TV. For out-of-market fans, they were used to being able to stream every out-of-market NHL game on NHL.TV, except those nationally televised.
That’s no longer the case.
With the addition of ESPN and TNT as a media partners, and some nationally televised games only available to stream on ESPN+ and Hulu, that has changed. If you want to read more on NHL on ESPN+, we broke down what has changed and what hasn't from NHL.TV.
If you are looking for out-of-market action or for teams in your city, we broke down how blackouts work and what game won’t be available without a streaming subscription.
With ESPN+, you will be able to stream over 1,000 out-of-market NHL games this season. But what ones won’t be able to stream live? Unless they are one of the 75+ nationally televised on ESPN+, with NHL.TV on ESPN+, you won’t be able to watch games involving local teams or those airing NHL Network, ESPN, and TNT.
Just like past seasons, you can’t stream live games available in your local market with NHL.TV on ESPN+. For example, that means if you live in Detroit or the surrounding areas, you can’t stream Detroit Red Wings games. But, if you live in Florida and want to stream the Red Wings, unless they are playing the Lightning or Panthers, you can stream their games.
It gets slightly more complicated if you live in an area without an NHL team, since multiple teams may claim you are in their local territory. You can use the NHL.TV blackout detector to see which teams with be blacked out in your market.
NHL Network Blackouts
For the past two seasons, NHL.TV didn’t black out games on NHL Network. One of the negative changes this season is games that are on NHL Network (~90 games) will not be available live on ESPN+, even if the teams are out-of-market.
National TV Blackouts
Replays for all games, including those on NHL Network, TNT, and ESPN will be available within 24 hours after they air. Unless the game is due to local blackout, most will be available immediately after they air live, with everything else appearing 24 hours after the live games end.
For most local games, you will still need cable, satellite, or a Live TV Streaming Service to watch games on your local RSN.
- fuboTV is the least expensive option for MSG, MSG+, NESN, AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh, and will soon offer ROOT Sports Northwest (Kraken) and AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain (Golden Knights)
- DIRECTV STREAM CHOICE package ($84.99 / mo.) is the only service that offers Bally Sports RSNs and Altitude (Avalanche). They also offer MSG, NESN, AT&T SportsNet, and ROOT Sports Northwest, where available.
- NBC Sports RSNs are carried by nearly all of the Live TV Streaming Services including DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV
But, unlike past season, those with cable or satellite or get their local RSN from a Live TV Streaming service, you will now need ESPN+ or Hulu in order to watch select games in your local market. ESPN+ and Hulu will carry 75+ exclusive games this season that will not be available on cable or satellite via your local RSN.
This has been confusing for hockey fans that are used to getting every game via their cable or satellite package. We broke down below how many games each team will stream exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu.
NHL National TV Games By Team
This is how many games will air on each channel for in-market streaming of your favorite NHL team.
|Columbus Blue Jackets||76||6||0||0||6|
|St. Louis Blues||69||6||2||5||13|
|New Jersey Devils||73||8||0||1||9|
|Vegas Golden Knights||70||6||2||4||12|
|New York Islanders||70||6||2||4||12|
|Los Angeles Kings||69||6||2||5||13|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||69||6||2||5||13|
|Toronto Maple Leafs||76||1||1||4||6|
|New York Rangers||69||7||1||5||13|
|Detroit Red Wings||72||8||0||2||10|
|San Jose Sharks||74||7||1||0||8|