Why ESPN+ matters this season for NHL fans
By Jim Kimble / April 6, 2021
ESPN+ is one of the cheapest ways to stream live NHL games on a Smart TV or Roku.
A subscription costs $5.99 per month. And you can watch one to two live NHL games per day, or up to 14 per week through the ESPN app.
So if you’re trying to figure out what NHL games are on today, and how to sign up for ESPN+, you’re in the right place. (An updated ESPN+ NHL schedule is below.)
ESPN+ is a decent alternative to a pricey cable TV subscription — no matter whether you are a Chicago Blackhawks or Boston Bruins fan.
With a shortened 2021 season due to the coronavirus, you may not be following your favorite team as closely. So it’s worth considering cheaper options.
If you have a Samsung Smart TV, Fire TV Stick or Roku, then you’re halfway through setting up your ESPN+ subscription.
Once you sign up for ESPN+ online, you can activate your subscription through the ESPN app and start watching from there.
Regional sports channels are generally the most important ones to have for the NHL season. And this year is no different. But if you want a regional FOX Sports network, you’ll notice that it has gotten more expensive than in years past.
What’s different this season?
The National Hockey League has a shortened season due to COVID-19. Each team will play 56 games. The season runs from January 13 to May 8.
The NHL has reworked the divisions to be North, West, Central and East because of health concerns and a desire to limit travel.
There will be an all Canadian division (North) for the first time ever. That is expected to set off some new rivalries.
Today’s NHL Schedule for ESPN+
|6-Apr||8:00 PM||Dallas Stars||Chicago Blackhawks|
|7-Apr||9:00 PM||Colorado Avalanche||Minnesota Wild|
|7-Apr||9:00 PM||Vegas Golden Knights||St. Louis Blues|
|8-Apr||7:00 PM||Boston Bruins||Washington Capitals|
|8-Apr||7:00 PM||Pittsburgh Penguins||New York Rangers|
|9-Apr||7:00 PM||New York Rangers||New York Islanders|
|9-Apr||7:00 PM||Pittsburgh Penguins||New Jersey Devils|
|10-Apr||2:00 PM||Boston Bruins||Philadelphia Flyers|
|10-Apr||8:00 PM||Tampa Bay Lightning||Nashville Predators|
|11-Apr||7:00 PM||New York Rangers||New York Islanders|
|11-Apr||7:00 PM||Boston Bruins||Washington Capitals|
|12-Apr||7:00 PM||Detroit Red Wings||Carolina Hurricanes|
|12-Apr||7:00 PM||Toronto Maple Leafs||Montreal Canadiens|
|13-Apr||8:00 PM||Tampa Bay Lightning||Nashville Predators|
|13-Apr||8:30 PM||Florida Panthers||Dallas Stars|
|14-Apr||10:30 PM||Anaheim Ducks||San Jose Sharks|
|15-Apr||8:30 PM||Columbus Blue Jackets||Dallas Stars|
|16-Apr||7:00 PM||Calgary Flames||Montreal Canadiens|
|16-Apr||9:00 PM||Los Angeles Kings||Colorado Avalanche|
|17-Apr||12:30 PM||New Jersey Devils||New York Rangers|
|17-Apr||7:00 PM||Florida Panthers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|18-Apr||3:00 PM||Pittsburgh Penguins||Buffalo Sabres|
|18-Apr||4:00 PM||Vegas Golden Knights||Anaheim Ducks|
|19-Apr||9:00 PM||Ottawa Senators||Calgary Flames|
|19-Apr||10:00 PM||Toronto Maple Leafs||Vancouver Canucks|
|20-Apr||10:00 PM||Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings|
|22-Apr||7:00 PM||Carolina Hurricanes||Florida Panthers|
|22-Apr||7:00 PM||Philadelphia Flyers||New York Rangers|
|23-Apr||7:00 PM||Boston Bruins||Buffalo Sabres|
|23-Apr||8:00 PM||Nashville Predators||Chicago Blackhawks|
|24-Apr||7:00 PM||Washington Capitals||New York Islanders|
|24-Apr||9:00 PM||Vegas Golden Knights||Anaheim Ducks|
|25-Apr||6:00 PM||Buffalo Sabres||New York Rangers|
|25-Apr||6:00 PM||New Jersey Devils||Philadelphia Flyers|
|26-Apr||10:00 PM||Colorado Avalanche||Vegas Golden Knights|
|26-Apr||10:00 PM||Anaheim Ducks||Los Angeles Kings|
|27-Apr||8:00 PM||Tampa Bay Lightning||Chicago Blackhawks|
|27-Apr||8:30 PM||Carolina Hurricanes||Dallas Stars|
|28-Apr||10:30 PM||Arizona Coyotes||San Jose Sharks|
|29-Apr||7:00 PM||Pittsburgh Penguins||Washington Capitals|
|29-Apr||7:00 PM||Dallas Stars||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|30-Apr||7:00 PM||Vancouver Canucks||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|30-Apr||10:00 PM||Vegas Golden Knights||Arizona Coyotes|