Tuesday, November 30

Avalanche vs. Golden Knights: TV Channel, Time, How to Watch NHL Outdoors in Lake Tahoe

This weekend, the NHL will carry on a long tradition and head outdoors. On Saturday, Avalanche and Golden Knights will begin a double dive off the shore of Lake Tahoe. The Flyers and Bruins will play Game 2 on Sunday.

Saturday’s game, the 31st homeless tilt, will be played on a golf course. The world’s fastest game heads to the green – the 18th fairway par 5 at Edgewood Tahoe Resort on the south shore of Lake Tahoe in Stateline, Nevada, to be exact. And while it’s disappointing that fans can’t attend, this game will feature one of the most beautiful settings in sports history – Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada Mountains.

At 6,224 feet above sea level, it will be the second highest place for an outdoor competition; The Avs and Kings met at 6,621 feet in last year’s Stadium Series at Falcon Stadium at the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

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And although the two teams will meet in a picturesque setting, there are still two big points at stake. Vegas will touch the ice just one point behind West Division leader St. Louis, with the Avalanche four points behind them in third place.

The teams just split a two-game set, with Las Vegas goalkeeper Marc-Andre Fleury throwing a shutout Sunday and Avs forward Nazem Kadri scoring a game-winning goal with 41 seconds remaining on Tuesday.

Fleury will start with the Golden Knights on Saturday. He is one of 13 goalkeepers with multiple outdoor games under his belt, although he has never won one. He lost in the 2011 Winter Classic and 2014 Stadium Series to the Penguins (served as a backup in Pittsburgh’s 2017 Stadium Series win over the Flyers). Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar has not announced a starter.

The Avalanche will also debut in their reversed retro jerseys, which pay homage to the team’s roots as Quebec Nordiques.

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When is NHL Outdoors: Golden Knights vs. Avalanche?

  • Date: Saturday February 20
  • Time: 3 p.m. ET

What channel is NHL Outdoors: Golden Knights vs Avalanche on?

  • Television channel (USA): NBC
  • Live Stream (US): NBCSports, fuboTV
  • Television channel (Canada): SN, TVAS
  • Live Stream (Canada): SN now

Mike Tirico will call play-by-play for NBC, while Eddie Olczyk and Brian Boucher will act as analysts.

Saturday’s pregame ceremonies will include frontline workers: Aurora C. Gooch will sing the national anthem and U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Jared Elliott will present the game disc to Nurse Daryl Braga, nursing facility worker Miranda Miller and firefighter / paramedic Dusty R. Gooch (Aurora’s father), who will present the disc to game officials.

What will Nathan MacKinnon do?

With the game on a golf course, the first intermission on Saturday will showcase, well, golf. Avalanche captain Nathan MacKinnon will head to the par 3 17th hole and swing.

Why? Well, in 2011 Joe Sakic, the Hockey Hall of Famer and now Avalanche GM, made a hole-in-one at the American Century Celebrity Golf Championship at the same venue. Using an 8-iron, Sakic’s left-handed tee shot needed just two short rebounds before going down.

If MacKinnon does an ace, then the NHL will donate $ 1 million to the NHL / NHLPA Learn to Play program. The only thing he won’t be able to recreate, if it matches his GM’s feat, will be what it looked like Sakic was high-five with all the fans present.

Will there be fans?

During the previous 30 outdoor contests, more than 1.6 million fans braved (mostly) cold stadiums to attend a game of a lifetime. The 2020 Winter Classic had the second-largest crowd in NHL history, with 85,630 fans watching host Stars beat the Predators 4-2 at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas.

With the COVID-19 pandemic still ongoing, these will be the first outdoor games without the assistance of fans.

Who will perform on Saturday?

Green Day will continue their collaboration with the NHL as they premiere their latest song, “Here Comes the Shock,” during the second intermission of Golden Knights-Avs.

At the 2020 NHL All-Star Game in St. Louis, Green Day performed “Fire, Ready, Aim” before the festivities began. The band also rocked Enterprise Center during the second intermission.

The NHL surely expects this year’s performance to be, um, cleaner.


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