How to Watch NHL Opening Night on ESPN Live Online For Free Without Cable
In the first game, the two-time defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning will battle the Pittsburgh Penguins, while the nightcap will see the debut of the Seattle Kraken, the NHL’s 32nd team, who will take on the NHL’s 31st team, the Vegas Golden Knights. ESPN will be your home for both games. You can watch it with a 5-Day Free Trial of DIRECTV STREAM.
How to Watch NHL Opening Night on ESPN
- When: Tuesday, October 12 starting at 7:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN
- Streaming: Watch with a 5-Day Free Trial of DIRECTV STREAM or ESPN+
Hockey is back on ESPN and the 2021 NHL FaceOff will feature a doubleheader on ESPN and ESPN+. The opener will feature Tampa’s banner-raising ceremony at Amalie Arena when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7:30 p.m. ET. ESPN’s Sean McDonough, analyst Ray Ferraro, and Emily Kaplan reporting from rinkside.
In the second game, the Seattle Kraken will make their debut against the last expansion team, the Vegas Golden Knights. In that one John Buccigross will handle play-by-play duties, while Brian Boucher will serve as game analyst and A.J. Mlezcko as rinkside analyst.
With the return of the NHL to ESPN, the network is promising some new innovations and technologies for fans to enhance the game-watching experience.
“Hockey lends itself to experimenting with some truly creative production elements given the pace and detail of the game,” said Mark Gross, SVP Production and Remote Events.
Camera operators will be allowed onto the ice for shootouts, coming out of the breaks, for example. In addition, players will be mic’d up for their warmups and access will be granted to the locker rooms for pre-game speeches from coaches. Player pointing will be used live throughout games to highlight movement of players and the puck, in order to give a better visual analysis during games.
Other features will be showcased during the games to enhance the game-watching experience for viewers, according to ESPN officials.
“We want to showcase the unique combination of speed, strength, skill and dexterity of the NHL’s athletes, while getting existing fans closer to the action and strategy and enticing new fans to experience the game,” Gross said.
How to Stream NHL Opening Night for Free on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, and Android
There are six major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. Five of these providers allow you to watch NHL Opening Night live using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Web.They are DIRECTV STREAM, fuboTV, Sling TV, Hulu Live TV, and YouTube TV.
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