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What channel is Kraken vs. Golden Knights today? Time, TV schedule for NHL return to ESPN

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 going at T-Mobile Arena, the Lightning will face the Penguins in Florida. The games mark ESPN’s return as the league’s announcer.

What to expect from the Kraken in 2021-22 is anyone’s guess. Will they be like the expansion teams of yesteryear, who fought 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 has already made some big moves, including the signing of free agents Jaden Schwartz and Philipp Grubauer and the appointment of Mark Giordano as the franchise’s first captain.

NHL 2021-22: How to watch games | Opening game schedule

In the opening day opening ceremony, the defending champions will face a Penguins team expected to miss Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby. The Penguins captain underwent wrist surgery in September and, although he skated over the weekend, he is not yet scheduled to return.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the first games of the 2021-22 NHL season.

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On which channel Kraken vs. Golden Knights?

  • Date: Tuesday, October 12
  • Weather: 10 pm ET
  • television channel: ESPN (US) | SN, TVAS (Canada)
  • Stream: ESPN + (USA) | fuboTV | SN NOW (Canada)

In the closing night of the NHL’s return to ESPN, the Golden Knights will host the Kraken in their first game. John Buccigross, analyst Brian Boucher and track reporter AJ Mleczko will handle play-by-play duties. Linda Cohn and Kevin Weekes will be in the studio.

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How to watch NHL opening night on ESPN

  • Date: Tuesday, October 12
  • Weather: 7:30 pm ET
  • television channel: ESPN (US) | SN, TVAS (Canada)
  • Stream: ESPN + (USA) | fuboTV | SN NOW (Canada)

The Lightning will raise its final Stanley Cup banner before hosting the Penguins to kick off the NHL’s return to ESPN. Sean McDonough will make play-by-play along with analyst Ray Ferraro and track reporter Emily Kaplan. Steve Levy will host coverage of the study with analysts Mark Messier, Chris Chelios and Barry Melrose.

ESPN NHL Schedule 2021-22

ESPN will televise the games nationally on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the season. On opening night, ESPN will have a doubleheader of games.


* I also play on ESPN +.

DateMatchTime (ET)
Tuesday, October 12Penguins in Lightning7:30 pm*
Tuesday, October 12Kraken in Golden Knights10 p. M. *
Tuesday October 19Islanders in Blackhawks8 p. M.
Tuesday, October 26Golden Knights in Avalanche8 p. M.
Thursday 6th JanuaryWild in Bruins7 pm
Thursday January 13Flyers in Bruins7 pm
Thursday, january 20Avalanche at Kings9:30 pm
Thursday February 24Capitals in Rangers7 pm
Thursday March 3Bruins at Golden Knights9 p. M.
Thursday 24 MarchStars in hurricanes7 pm
Tuesday April 12Flyers in Capitals7 pm
Tuesday April 12Lightning against stars9:30 pm
Thursday April 14Wild in the stars8 p. M.
Tuesday April 19Kings in ducks10 p. M.
Thursday April 21Maple Leaves in Lightning8 p. M.
Thursday April 21Blues in Sharks10:30 pm
Tuesday, April 26Islanders in capitals7 pm
Tuesday, April 26Blues in Avalanche9:30 pm

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What NHL games will be on ABC in 2021-22?

The following games will also be on ESPN +:

DateMatchTime (ET)
Friday, nov. 26Blues on Blackhawks1 p. M.
Sat, Feb. 26Rangers in penguins3 pm
Saturday March 5Blackhawks on Flyers3 pm
Saturday March 12Flyers in hurricanes3 pm
Saturday March 19Rangers in Lightning8 p. M.
Saturday 26 MarchBlackhawks at Golden Knights3 pm
Saturday April 2Penguins in Avalanche3 pm
Saturday, April 9Capitals in penguins3 pm
Saturday April 16Wild in Blues3 pm
Saturday 23 AprilRangers in Bruins3 pm

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