Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, Vegas Golden Knights Lead Appearances with Six
ESPN NHL Experts Mark Their Can’t-Miss Matchups
NHL action on ESPN+, the leading direct-to-consumer sports streaming service, continues in December with a 49-game slate featuring all 31 teams at least once. The puck drops December 1 with a doubleheader. At 3 p.m. ET, the Dallas Stars and Tyler Seguin visit the Minnesota Wild and Eric Staal in a Central Division battle. Then, the Vancouver Canucks and Elias Pettersson host the Pacific Division-leading Edmonton Oilers and Connor McDavid at 10 p.m.
The Metropolitan division-leading Washington Capitals, along with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Vegas Golden Knights, lead appearances for the month with six each on ESPN+, all available to subscribers via the ESPN App.
ESPN.com NHL writers Emily Kaplan and Greg Wyshynski’s must-watch games include:
Kaplan: Dec. 9 – New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning
- “Through the first two months of the season the Islanders were the hottest team in hockey, thanks in large part to their stingy defensive system. The Lightning (who tied the NHL record for wins last season) were supposed to remain just as dominant, but they’ve been inconsistent so far. There will be pride on the line in this one.”
Wyshynski: Dec. 16 – Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
- “The clash of the Central Division titans. The defending Stanley Cup champions host the team many believe could be next for coronation. Both have overcome significant injuries to remain among the elite teams in the Western Conference this season. The Blues won the first meeting earlier this season.”
Additional December highlights
- 22: The San Jose Sharks host the Golden Knights in the next chapter of the league’s newest rivalry
- 27 & 29: Divisional competitors – the first place Boston Bruins and Buffalo Sabres – go head to head twice in December on ESPN+
Former Team Faceoff –
- 5: The New York Rangers and Artemi Panarin travel to Ohio to take on Panarin’s former team – the Columbus Blue Jackets
- 6: The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Arizona Coyotes and former teammate Phil Kessel
- 7: The New Jersey Devils and P.K. Subban visit the Nashville Predators – Subban’s former team
- 27: Milan Lucic returns to Edmonton as the Calgary Flames visit the Oilers
In the Crease, the exclusive NHL studio show on ESPN+ hosted by Linda Cohn with analysis from Barry Melrose, continues as well with new episodes every morning at 10 a.m. following each game night.
NHL on ESPN+ schedule
|Sun, Dec 1||3 p.m.||Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild|
|10 p.m.||Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks|
|Mon, Dec 2||7 p.m.||Vegas Golden Knights at New York Rangers|
|10 p.m.||Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks|
|Tue, Dec 3||7 p.m.||Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins|
|Toronto Maple Leafs at Philadelphia Flyers|
|Wed, Dec 4||10 p.m.||Washington Capitals at Los Angeles Kings|
|Thu, Dec 5||7 p.m.||Chicago Blackhawks at Boston Bruins|
|New York Rangers at Columbus Blue Jackets|
|Fri, Dec 6||7 p.m.||Arizona Coyotes at Pittsburgh Penguins|
|10 p.m.||Washington Capitals at Anaheim Ducks|
|Sat, Dec 7||7 p.m.||Columbus Blue Jackets at Florida Panthers|
|8 p.m.||New Jersey Devils at Nashville Predators|
|Sun, Dec 8||7 p.m.||Arizona Coyotes at Chicago Blackhawks|
|8 p.m.||Buffalo Sabres at Edmonton Oilers|
|Mon, Dec 9||7 p.m.||New York Islanders at Tampa Bay Lightning|
|9 p.m.||Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche|
|Tue, Dec 10||7 p.m.||Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins|
|10 p.m.||Chicago Blackhawks at Vegas Golden Knights|
|Thu, Dec 12||7 p.m.||Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins|
|8 p.m.||Vegas Golden Knights at St. Louis Blues|
|Fri, Dec 13||8 p.m.||Vegas Golden Knights at Dallas Stars|
|9 p.m.||New Jersey Devils at Colorado Avalanche|
|Sat, Dec 14||7 p.m.||Washington Capitals at Tampa Bay Lightning|
|8 p.m.||Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues|
|Sun, Dec 15||5 p.m.||Philadelphia Flyers at Winnipeg Jets|
|7 p.m.||Los Angeles Kings at Detroit Red Wings|
|Mon, Dec 16||7 p.m.||Nashville Predators at New York Rangers|
|8 p.m.||Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues|
|Tue, Dec 17||8 p.m.||Carolina Hurricanes at Winnipeg Jets|
|9 p.m.||Pittsburgh Penguins at Calgary Flames|
|Thu, Dec 19||7 p.m.||Buffalo Sabres at Philadelphia Flyers|
|7:30 p.m.||Nashville Predators at Ottawa Senators|
|Fri, Dec 20||7 p.m.||Washington Capitals at New Jersey Devils|
|9 p.m.||Pittsburgh Penguins at Edmonton Oilers|
|Sat, Dec 21||7 p.m.||Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs|
|9 p.m.||Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche|
|Sun, Dec 22||7 p.m.||Arizona Coyotes at Detroit Red Wings|
|10 p.m.||Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks|
|Mon, Dec 23||2 p.m.||Carolina Hurricanes at Toronto Maple Leafs|
|10 p.m.||Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights|
|Fri, Dec 27||7 p.m.||Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres|
|9 p.m.||Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers|
|Sat, Dec 28||7 p.m.||Nashville Predators at Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes|
|Sun, Dec 29||7 p.m.||Buffalo Sabres at Boston Bruins|
|8:30 p.m.||Philadelphia Flyers at Anaheim Ducks|
|Tue, Dec 31||1 p.m.||New York Islanders at Washington Capitals|
|7 p.m.||Florida Panthers at Columbus Blue Jackets|
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