When does the NHL season start for 2021-22? TV channel, live streams for season-opening games

When does the NHL season start for 2021-22? TV channel, live streams for season-opening games

Justin Bieber’s 2021 song “Hold On,” which may or may not have been directed at hockey fans — specifically Maple Leafs’ fans — included the lyrics: “I need you to hold on, heaven is a place not too far away.”

Well, hockey fans — and Leafs’ fans, too — hockey is back.

The NHL’s 2021-22 season is here and there are nine months of action ahead culminating with the Stanley Cup being handed out in June. While everything returns back to the pre-COVID-19 days (full 82-game schedule! play everyone! cross-border and coast-to-coast travel!), there are a few new things. One of the biggest is the league’s 32nd franchise, the Seattle Kraken, finally set to hit the ice and join the Pacific Division. Additionally, the Coyotes shift to the Central.

Here’s everything you need to know about the NHL’s 2021-22 season openers and home openers, including the start date and TV schedules for all 32 teams.

MORE: Watch the 2021-22 NHL season on ESPN+

When does the 2021-22 NHL season start?

  • Date: Tues., Oct. 12

Just 97 days since the Lightning lifted the Stanley Cup, the NHL — and the team — are back on the ice. The defending champs will kick off the season with a tilt against the Penguins. Originally, Pittsburgh captain Sidney Crosby was not expected to play in the opener; however, while his status is still unknown, he did practice with the team on Saturday for the first time since undergoing left wrist surgery in September. Evgeni Malkin will definitely miss the game — and the first two months of the season — due to offseason knee surgery.

The night-capper will see the Kraken play in their first-ever regular-season game when they head to Vegas to take on the Golden Knights. 

NHL TV schedule for 2021-22 opening night

TIME (ET)MATCHUPTV, LIVE STREAM
7:30 p.m.Penguins at LightningESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS 
10 p.m.Kraken at Golden KnightsESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS

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Note: 1000+ NHL games are available on ESPN+ in the United States

NHL 2021-22 season-opening game schedule

Here’s a list of the season openers for all 32 teams, as well as start times and TV channels.

(All times are Eastern)

TEAMMATCHUPTIMECHANNEL
Anaheim DucksWed., Oct. 13 vs. Jets10 p.m.BSSC, BSSD, SN360
Arizona CoyotesThurs., Oct. 14 at Blue Jackets7 p.m.BSOH, BSAZ
Boston BruinsSat., Oct. 16 vs. Stars7 p.m.NESN, BSSW
Buffalo SabresThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Canadiens7 p.m.MSG-B, TSN2, RDS
Calgary FlamesSat., Oct. 16 at Oilers10 p.m.CBC, SNE, SNO, SNP
Carolina HurricanesThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Islanders7 p.m.MSG+, BSSO, TVAS
Chicago BlackhawksWed., Oct. 13 at Avalanche10 p.m.TNT
Colorado AvalancheWed., Oct. 13 vs. Blackhawks10 p.m.TNT
Columbus Blue JacketsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Coyotes7 p.m.BSOH, BSAZ
Dallas StarsWed., Oct. 14 at Rangers7 p.m.MSG, BSSW
Detroit Red WingsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Lightning7:30 p.m.BSSUN
Edmonton OilersWed., Oct. 13 vs. Canucks10 p.m.SN
Florida PanthersThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Penguins7 p.m.BSFL, ATTSN-PT, SN360
Los Angeles KingsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Golden Knights10:30 p.m.BSW, ATTSN-RM, TVAS
Minnesota WildFri., Oct. 15 at Ducks10 p.m.ESPN+, HULU
Montreal CanadiensWed., Oct. 13 at Maple Leafs7 p.m.SN, TVAS
Nashville PredatorsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Kraken8 p.m.NHLN, BSSO, ROOT-NW
New Jersey DevilsFri., Oct. 15 vs. Blackhawks7 p.m.NHLN, MSG+, NBCSCH, TVAS
New York IslandersThurs., Oct. 14 at Hurricanes7 p.m.MSG+, BSSO, TVAS
New York RangersWed., Oct. 13 at Capitals7:30 p.m.TNT
Ottawa SenatorsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Maple Leafs7 p.m.TSN4/5, RDS2
Philadelphia FlyersFri., Oct. 14 vs. Canucks7 p.m.NBCSP, SN1
Pittsburgh PenguinsTues., Oct. 12 at Lightning7:30 p.m.ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW
St. Louis BluesSat., Oct. 16 at Avalanche9 p.m.ALT, BSMW
San Jose SharksSat., Oct. 16 vs. Jets10 p.m.CITY, SNW
Seattle KrakenTues., Oct. 12 at Golden Knights10 p.m.ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS
Tampa Bay LightningTues., Oct. 127:30 p.m.ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS
Toronto Maple LeafsWed., Oct. 13 vs. Canadiens7 p.m.SN, TVAS
Vancouver CanucksWed., Oct. 13 at Oilers10 p.m.SN
Vegas Golden KnightsTues., Oct. 12 vs. Kraken10 p.m.ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS
Washington CapitalsWed., Oct. 13 vs. Rangers7:30 p.m.TNT
Winnipeg JetsWed., Oct. 13 at Ducks10 p.m.BSSC, BSSD, SN360

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NHL 2021-22 home-opening game schedule

Here’s a list of the home openers for all 32 teams, as well as start times and TV channels.

(All times are Eastern)

TEAMMATCHUPTIMECHANNEL
Anaheim DucksWed., Oct. 13 vs. Jets10 p.m.BSSC, BSSD, SN360
Arizona CoyotesMon., Oct. 18 vs. Blues10 p.m.BSAZ, BSMW
Boston BruinsSat., Oct. 16 vs. Stars7 p.m.NESN, BSSW
Buffalo SabresThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Canadiens7 p.m.MSG-B, TSN2, RDS
Calgary FlamesMon., Oct. 18 vs. Ducks9:30 p.m.BSSC, BSSD, SNW, SNF
Carolina HurricanesThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Islanders7 p.m.MSG+, BSSO, TVAS
Chicago BlackhawksTues., Oct. 19 vs. Islanders8 p.m.ESPN
Colorado AvalancheWed., Oct. 13 vs. Blackhawks10 p.m.TNT
Columbus Blue JacketsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Coyotes7 p.m.BSOH, BSAZ
Dallas StarsFri., Oct. 22 vs. Kings8:30 p.m.ESPN+, HULU
Detroit Red WingsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Lightning7:30 p.m.BSSUN
Edmonton OilersWed., Oct. 13 vs. Canucks10 p.m.SN
Florida PanthersThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Penguins7 p.m.BSFL, ATTSN-PT, SN360
Los Angeles KingsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Golden Knights10:30 p.m.BSW, ATTSN-RM, TVAS
Minnesota WildTues., Oct. 19 vs. Jets8 p.m.BSN, TSN3
Montreal CanadiensSat., Oct. 16 vs. Rangers7 p.m.MSG, TVAS, CITY, SNE
Nashville PredatorsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Kraken8 p.m.NHLN, BSSO, ROOT-NW
New Jersey DevilsFri., Oct. 15 vs. Blackhawks7 p.m.NHLN, MSG+, NBCSCH, TVAS
New York IslandersSat., Nov. 20 vs. Flames7 p.m.MSG+, MSG+2, SN1, SNW
New York RangersThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Stars7 p.m.MSG, BSSW
Ottawa SenatorsThurs., Oct. 14 vs. Maple Leafs7 p.m.TSN4/5, RDS2
Philadelphia FlyersFri., Oct. 14 vs. Canucks7 p.m.NBCSP, SN1
Pittsburgh PenguinsSat., Oct. 16 vs. Blackhawks7 p.m.NHLN, ATTSN-PT, NBCSCH
St. Louis BluesSat., Oct. 23 vs. Kings8 p.m.BSMW, BSW
San Jose SharksSat., Oct. 16 vs. Jets10 p.m.CITY, SNW
Seattle KrakenSat., Oct. 23 vs. Canucks10 p.m.ESPN+, HULU, CBC, SN1, CITY, TVAS2
Tampa Bay LightningTues., Oct. 12 vs. Penguins7:30 p.m.ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS
Toronto Maple LeafsWed., Oct. 13 vs. Canadiens7 p.m.SN, TVAS
Vancouver CanucksOct. 26 vs. Wild10 p.m.SN1, BSN
Vegas Golden KnightsTues., Oct. 12 vs. Kraken10 p.m.ESPN, ESPN+, SN, SN NOW, TVAS
Washington CapitalsWed., Oct. 13 vs. Rangers7:30 p.m.TNT
Winnipeg JetsThurs. Oct. 21 vs. Ducks8 p.m.BSSC, BSSD, TSN3