Here’s Your Game Plan: ESPN Plus NHL Schedule 2023-24

By Jim Kimble, Editor / Updated September 28, 2023

Stay ahead of the game with my breakdown of the 2023-24 NHL season on ESPN Plus. 

There are over 100 games scheduled across ESPN, ESPN+, and ABC. Between TV channels and streaming platforms, all these hockey games may leave you asking which subscription is best for die-hard fans. 

Here are a few helpful stats to get you started. This season ESPN has 22 exclusive games. ESPN+ has 28 exclusive games. And if you get ABC with a TV antenna, then you can watch six exclusive games for free. 

You can jump down to the ESPN Plus NHL Schedule to find today’s games, or keep reading about season highlights, streaming plans and pricing.  

ESPN+ is set to increase its monthly rate to $10.99 per month (up from $9.99 per month) starting on October 12. You can still get ESPN+ as a standalone option, added to Hulu or through the Disney Bundle.

The Trio Basic plan includes ad-supported versions of ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu for $14.99 per month. 

How to Watch NHL Power Play on ESPN+ (Out-of-Market Games)

As more streaming platforms, such as Peacock and Paramount Plus, push into sports, you still can’t beat ESPN+, especially when it comes to pro hockey coverage.

Here is everything that’s happening with out-of-market games this season.

  • Throughout the 2023-24 season, NHL Power Play on ESPN+ offers access to over 1,050 out-of-market games, included in an ESPN+ subscription.
  • Fans can choose between two live streams with home or away team commentary.
  • Canadian national presentations of Hockey Night in Canada ensure a local experience for U.S. fans.
  • Replays of every NHL regular season and playoff game on ABC, ESPN, NHL Network, and TNT are also available on NHL Power Play on ESPN+.

How to Watch In-Market NHL games

Regional sports channels are usually the most important ones to have for in-market NHL games.

And this year is no different.

ESPN is carrying 22 exclusive regular season games. So you will want a live TV service that carries your local regional sports network and ESPN for in-market coverage.

You can watch in-market games on NESN, MSG, MASN and ROOT Sports and regional Bally Sports networks through DIRECTV STREAM and Fubo

YouTube TV and Hulu Live TV carry regional NBC Sports networks.

How to Stream NHL games on TV

If you have a Smart TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick or Roku, then you pretty much have most of what you need to start streaming games. I also recommend a decent Internet connection, and setting up your own Wi-Fi router for better coverage.

  • Once you sign up for ESPN+ online, you can activate your subscription through the ESPN app and start watching from there.
  • Hulu subscribers have the option to add on ESPN+ for an additional $10.99 per month. Both services will be within the Hulu app.
  • The Disney Trio Basic bundle gives you access to the ESPN+ through the ESPN app just like a standalone subscription.
  • There are a number of live TV options to watch ESPN without cable, some of which include regional sports networks.

Today’s NHL Schedule for ESPN+

Tue, Oct 105:30 p.m.Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay LightningESPN, ESPN+
Tue, Oct 108 p.m.Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsESPN, ESPN+
Tue, Oct 1010:30 p.m.Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden KnightsESPN, ESPN+
Thu, Oct 127:30 p.m.Detroit Red Wings vs. New Jersey DevilsESPN+
Fri, Oct 137:30 p.m.Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington CapitalsESPN+
Tue, Oct 177:30 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Buffalo SabresESPN
Tue, Oct 1710 p.m.Colorado Avalanche vs. Seattle KrakenESPN
Thu, Oct 197:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Philadelphia FlyersESPN+
Thu, Oct 1910:30 p.m.Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado AvalancheESPN
Tue, Oct 246 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington CapitalsESPN, ESPN+
Tue, Oct 248:30 p.m.Boston Bruins vs. Chicago BlackhawksESPN, ESPN+
Tue, Oct 2411 p.m.Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden KnightsESPN, ESPN+
Thu, Oct 267:30 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. Philadelphia FlyersESPN+
Tue, Oct 318 p.m.Los Angeles Kings vs. Toronto Maple LeafsESPN
Thu, Nov 27:30 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Boston BruinsESPN+
Thu, Nov 97:30 p.m.Dallas Stars vs. Columbus Blue JacketsESPN+
Thu, Nov 910:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. San Jose SharksESPN+
Tue Nov 148 p.m.Anaheim Ducks vs. Nashville PredatorsESPN+
Tue, Nov 1410:30 p.m.Florida Panthers vs. San Jose SharksESPN+
Thu, Nov 168 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago BlackhawksESPN+
Tue, Nov 287:30 p.m.Carolina Hurricanes vs. Philadelphia FlyersESPN+
Thu, Nov 307:30 p.m.New York Islanders vs. Carolina HurricanesESPN+
Tue, Dec 57:30 p.m.Detroit Red Wings vs. Buffalo SabresESPN+
Thu, Dec 78 p.m.Dallas Stars vs. Washington CapitalsESPN
Thu, Dec 710:30 p.m.New Jersey Devils vs. Seattle KrakenESPN
Tue, Dec 127:30 p.m.Detroit Red Wings vs. St. Louis BluesESPN
Tue, Dec 1210 p.m.Chicago Blackhawks vs. Edmonton OilersESPN
Thu, Dec 147:30 p.m.Carolina Hurricanes vs. Detroit Red WingsESPN+
Fri, Dec 157:30 p.m.Nashville Predators vs. Carolina HurricanesESPN+
Tue, Dec 197:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. New York IslandersESPN+
Tue, Dec 1910:30 p.m.Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose SharksESPN+
Thu, Dec 217:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. New Jersey DevilsESPN+
Thu, Dec 2110:30 p.m.Arizona Coyotes vs. San Jose SharksESPN+
Fri, Dec 227:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. New York RangersESPN+
Tue, Jan 27:30 p.m.Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsESPN+
Tue, Jan 210:30 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Los Angeles KingsESPN+
Thu, Jan 47 p.m.Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston BruinsESPN
Tue, Jan 98:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Chicago BlackhawksESPN+
Thu, Jan 117 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. New York IslandersESPN
Sat, Jan 131 p.m.New York Rangers vs. Washington CapitalsABC, ESPN+
Tue, Jan 168 p.m.Los Angeles Kings vs. Dallas StarsESPN+
Thu, Jan 187 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. Tampa Bay LightningESPN+
Thu, Jan 189:30 p.m.Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles KingsESPN
Thu, Jan 257:30 p.m.New Jersey Devils vs. Carolina HurricanesESPN+
Fri, Jan 267 p.m.Vegas Golden Knights vs. New York RangersESPN
Fri, Feb 27 p.m.NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKingsESPN, ESPN+
Sat, Feb 33 p.m.2024 Honda NHL All-Star GameABC, ESPN+
Tue, Feb 67:30 p.m.Colorado Avalanche vs. New Jersey DevilsESPN+
Tue, Feb 610 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Vegas Golden KnightsESPN+
Thu, Feb 88 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning vs. New York IslandersESPN
Sat, Feb 101 p.m.St. Louis Blues vs. Buffalo SabresABC, ESPN+
Sat, Feb 103:30 p.m.Washington Capitals vs. Boston BruinsABC, ESPN+
Sat, Feb 107 p.m.Seattle Kraken vs. Philadelphia FlyersESPN+
Thu, Feb 159 p.m.Dallas Stars vs. Nashville PredatorsESPN
Sat., Feb 173 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Dallas StarsABC, ESPN+
Sat, Feb 178 p.m.Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils
Sun, Feb 183 p.m.New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders
Mon, Feb 191 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. St. Louis BluesESPN
Mon, Feb 193:30 p.m.Detroit Red Wings vs. Seattle KrakenESPN
Thu, Feb 227 p.m.Washington Capitals vs. Tampa Bay LightningESPN
Thu, Feb 2210:30 p.m.Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles kingsESPN+
Sat, Feb 2412 p.m.St. Louis Blues vs. Detroit Red WingsABC, ESPN+
Sat, Feb 243 p.m.New York Rangers vs. Philadelphia FlyersESPN+
Tue, Feb 277 p.m.Buffalo Sabres vs. Florida PanthersESPN+
Tue, Feb 279:30 p.m.Dallas Stars vs. Colorado AvalancheESPN+
Thu, Feb 297 p.m.Carolina Hurricanes vs. Columbus Blue JacketsESPN+
Thu, Feb 299 p.m.Colorado Avalanche vs. Chicago BlackhawksESPN
Sat, Mar 23 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. St. Louis BluesABC, ESPN+
Sat, Mar 27 p.m.Vegas Golden Knights vs. Buffalo SabresESPN+
Mon, Mar 47:30 p.m.St. Louis Blues vs. Philadelphia FlyersESPN+
Tue, Mar 57:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Boston BruinsESPN+
Thu, Mar 77 p.m.St. Louis Blues vs. New Jersey DevilsESPN
Sat, Mar 912:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Buffalo SabresESPN+
Sat, Mar 93 p.m.Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Boston BruinsABC, ESPN+
Thu, Mar 147:30 p.m.New York Islanders vs. Buffalo SabresESPN+
Sat, Mar 163 p.m.New York Rangers vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsABC, ESPN+
Sat, Mar 166 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida PanthersESPN+
Tue, Mar 197:30 p.m.Carolina Hurricanes vs. New York IslandersESPN+
Tue, Mar 1910 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. Anaheim DucksESPN+
Thu, Mar 217:30 p.m.Nashville Predators vs. Florida PanthersESPN+
Thu, Mar 2110:30 p.m.Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden KnightsESPN
Sat, Mar 238 p.m.Florida Panthers vs. New York RangersABC, ESPN+
Tue, Mar 267:30 p.m.New Jersey Devils vs. Toronto Maple LeafsESPN+
Thu, Mar 287:30 p.m.Detroit Red Wings vs. Carolina HurricanesESPN+
Sat, Mar 302:30 p.m.Vegas Golden Knights vs. Minnesota WildESPN
Sat, Mar 307 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Buffalo SabresESPN+
Thu, Apr 48 p.m.St. Louis Blues vs. Nashville PredatorsESPN+
Thu, Apr 410:30 p.m.Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose SharksESPN+
Sat, Apr 61 p.m.Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsABC, ESPN+
Sat, Apr 63:30 p.m.Florida Panthers vs. Boston BruinsABC, ESPN+
Sun, Apr 710 p.m.Dallas Stars vs. Colorado AvalancheESPN
Tue, Apr 97 p.m.Washington Capitals vs. Detroit Red WingsESPN
Tue, Apr 99:30 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. Colorado AvalancheESPN
Thu, Apr 117:30 p.m.Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Florida PanthersESPN+
Sat, Apr 1312:30 p.m.New York Islanders vs. New York RangersABC, ESPN+
Sat, Apr 133 p.m.Seattle Kraken vs. Dallas StarsABC, ESPN+
Sat, Apr 138 p.m.Boston Bruins vs. Pittsburgh PenguinsABC, ESPN+
Mon, Apr 159:30 p.m.Minnesota Wild vs. Los Angeles KingsESPN
Tue, Apr 167:30 p.m.Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Florida PanthersESPN
Tue, Apr 1610 p.m.Chicago Blackhawks vs. Vegas Golden KnightsESPN+
Thu, Apr 187 p.m.Seattle Kraken vs. Minnesota WildESPN
Thu, Apr 189:30 p.m.Edmonton Oilers vs. Colorado AvalancheESPN
Note: These are available as out-of-market games. Local blackout restrictions apply. 

What to Expect for 2023-24 NHL Season

NHL Opening Night Extravaganza

The NHL 2023-24 season kicks off on Tuesday, October 10th, with a tripleheader Face-Off on ESPN and ESPN+. Here’s what you can look forward to:

Nashville Predators vs. Tampa Bay Lightning

  • The revamped Nashville Predators, led by newcomer Ryan O’Reilly and new head coach Andrew Brunette, along with veteran defenseman Roman Josi, begin their season against the Tampa Bay Lightning.
  • The game starts at 5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+.

Chicago Blackhawks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Witness the highly-anticipated debut of 2023 number-one draft pick Connor Bedard as the Chicago Blackhawks take on Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins.
  • The puck drops at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+ from PPG Paints Arena.

Seattle Kraken vs. Vegas Golden Knights

  • In a Pacific Division showdown, the Seattle Kraken will face off against the reigning Stanley Cup Champion Vegas Golden Knights, led by Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Marchessault and Jack Eichel.
  • The game starts at 10:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN+. 

Frozen Frenzy for All 32 Teams

On October 24, an unprecedented event unfolds with all 32 NHL teams in action.

  • ESPN’s exclusive tripleheader, commencing at 6 p.m., features matchups: Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Washington Capitals, Boston Bruins vs. Chicago Blackhawks, and Philadelphia Flyers vs. Vegas Golden Knights (Airing on ESPN/ESPN+).
  • An additional 13 games can be accessed on NHL Power Play on ESPN+, with staggered start times, ensuring continuous action.
  • ESPN2 steps in from 8-11 p.m. with live look-ins on every game, presenting the night’s best plays, hits, and goals.

NHL All-Star Weekend

  • The 2024 NHL All-Star Weekend, a highlight in the league’s schedule, takes place at Toronto’s Scotiabank Arena.
  • Events include the NHL All-Star Skills presented by DraftKings on February 2 at 7 p.m. (Airing on ESPN and ESPN+) and the 2024 NHL Honda All-Star Game on February 3 at 3 p.m. (Airing on ABC and ESPN+).

NHL Stadium Series

  • The 2024 Navy Federal Credit Union NHL Stadium Series is set for February 17-18 at MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey.
  • The event features outdoor matchups: Philadelphia Flyers vs. New Jersey Devils on Feb. 17 at 8 p.m. ET and New York Rangers vs. New York Islanders on Feb. 18 at 3 p.m. (Both airing on ABC and ESPN+).

Presidents’ Day Doubleheader

  • Following the NHL Stadium Series, ESPN presents a Presidents’ Day Doubleheader on February 19.
  • The matchups include Auston Matthews and the Toronto Maple Leafs facing the St. Louis Blues at 1 p.m. and the Detroit Red Wings taking on the Seattle Kraken at 3:30 p.m.

ESPN Plus NHL Schedule FAQs

Here are common questions NHL fans ask when researching where they can watch their favorite hockey team.

Is the NHL going to be on ESPN Plus?

Yes, 28 NHL games will be exclusive to ESPN Plus during the 2023-24 season. The streaming platform has exclusive broadcasting rights to a number of NHL games.

Does ESPN Plus show every NHL game?

No, ESPN Plus does not show every NHL game. While the Walt Disney Company does have exclusive broadcasting rights to more than 100 NHL games, it does not cover all the games played in the NHL season.

What NHL games do you get with ESPN Plus?

NHL Power Play on ESPN+ offers access to over 1,050 out-of-market games. ESPN Plus also has 28 exclusive games that are part of the regular season schedule.

Why doesn’t ESPN Plus have all NHL games?

ESPN Plus does not have all NHL games because broadcasting rights are distributed among multiple networks and platforms. Regional sports networks such as NESN, Bally Sports and NBC Sports have broadcasting rights for in-market NHL games. 

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Note: This guide was originally published on September 28, 2021, and has been updated.

Jim is a seasoned industry expert with over two decades of journalism experience. He has been at the forefront of the cord-cutting movement since 2016, testing and writing about TV-related products and services. He founded The Cord Cutting Report in 2016, and serves as the editor.

Major publications, including MarketWatch, Forbes, and South Florida Sun Sentinel, have interviewed Kimble for his years of expertise. He gives advice on the complexities consumers are navigating with streaming options, and over-the-air TV. Kimble has been a staff writer or correspondent for several award-winning, daily newspapers, including The Boston Globe.