Welcome to the NHL, Seattle!
The NHL’s newest team, the Kraken, will hit the ice in Las Vegas to take on the Golden Knights on opening night. Before things get underway at T-Mobile Arena, the Lightning will take on the Penguins in Florida. The games mark the return of ESPN as the league’s broadcaster.
What to expect from the Kraken in 2021-22 is anyone’s guess. Will they be like expansion teams of yore, who struggled mightily against the more established clubs? Or will they be more like their first opponent, the Golden Knights, who went to the Stanley Cup Final in their inaugural year? Time will tell but the team did make some big moves already including signing free agents Jaden Schwartz and Philipp Grubauer and naming Mark Giordano the franchise’s first captain.
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In the opening act on opening day, the defending champs will take on a Penguins crew that is expected to be missing Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. The Penguins captain underwent wrist surgery in September and while he skated over the weekend he’s not scheduled to return just yet.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the first games of the 2021-22 NHL season.
What channel Kraken vs. Golden Knights on?
In the night capper for th NHL’s return to ESPN, the Golden Knights will host the Kraken in their first-ever game. Play-by-play duties will be done by John Buccigross with analyst Brian Boucher and rinkside reporter AJ Mleczko. Linda Cohn and Kevin Weekes will be in studio.
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How to watch NHL opening night on ESPN
The Lightning will raise their latest Stanley Cup banner before hosting the Penguins to kick off the NHL’s return to ESPN. Sean McDonough will do the play-by-play alongside analyst Ray Ferraro and rinkside reporter Emily Kaplan. Steve Levy will host the studio coverage with analysts Mark Messier, Chris Chelios and Barry Melrose.
ESPN NHL schedule 2021-22
ESPN will televise games nationally on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. On opening night, ESPN will have a doubleheader of games.
* Game also on ESPN+.
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What NHL games will be on ABC in 2021-22?
The following games will also be on ESPN+:
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