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ESPN+ Expands Weekly NHL Schedule Beginning This Month


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Up to 14 Games per Week with Playoff Implications

Every Game Night: New Episodes of ESPN+ Post-Game Show In The Crease with Linda Cohn & Barry Melrose

Beginning March 1, the NHL schedule on ESPN+ – which has included up to nine games per week throughout its inaugural full season – expands to offer up to 14 marquee games per week during the Battle for the Playoffs. Every matchup will have playoff implications for one or both teams.

The Metropolitan Division-leading New York Islanders will be back on ESPN+ for the second night in a row to begin the March slate following the team’s 6-1 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in the highly anticipated return of former captain John Tavares to New York for the first time since he signed with the Maple Leafs in the offseason. They will face off against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and Alex Ovechkin in a battle for the top of the division at 7 p.m. ET.

Additional March highlights include:

  • 17 appearances by current division leaders, including seven by the Calgary Flames, five by the Nashville Predators, three by the Tampa Bay Lightning and two by the Islanders.
  • March 1: The Central Division lead is on the line as the Predators take on the second-place Winnipeg Jets.
  • March 6: The Flames take on the Vegas Golden Knights in a late-season Pacific Division battle.
  • March 9: The Columbus Blue Jackets host the Pittsburgh Penguins as both teams fight to solidify a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
  • March 11: An Atlantic Division showdown as the Maple Leafs host the Lightning.
  • March 18: The San Jose Sharks take on the Golden Knights in a potential playoff preview.
  • March 21: The Golden Knights host the Jets in a rematch of the 2018 Western Conference Final.
  • 46 NHL games on ESPN+ over the next 24 days.

In The Crease, the exclusive post-game show on ESPN+ co-hosted by ESPN NHL experts Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose, will continue, available shortly following the final buzzer every game night through the Stanley Cup Finals.

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ESPN+ Battle for the Playoffs schedule (Additional end of month matchups will be announced soon)

Date Time (ET) Event
Fri, Mar 1 7:00 p.m. Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
  8:00 p.m. Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets
Sat, Mar 2 8:00 p.m. Dallas Stars at St. Louis Blues
  10:00 p.m. Minnesota Wild at Calgary Flames
Sun, Mar 3 4:00 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Vegas Golden Knights
  10:00 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at San Jose Sharks
Mon, Mar 4 9:00 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Calgary Flames
Tue, Mar 5 7:00 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at Boston Bruins
  7:00 p.m. Florida Panthers at Pittsburgh Penguins
  10:30 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Los Angeles Kings
Wed, Mar 6 9:00 p.m. Calgary Flames at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Mar 7 8:30 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Chicago Blackhawks
  10:30 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at San Jose Sharks
Fri, Mar 8 7:00 p.m. Minnesota Wild at Florida Panthers
  10:00 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Anaheim Ducks
Sat, Mar 9 3:00 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Colorado Avalanche
  7:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets
  8:00 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at Dallas Stars
  10:00 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Vancouver Canucks
Sun, Mar 10 7:00 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Washington Capitals
Mon, Mar 11 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Toronto Maple Leafs
  9:00 p.m. New York Rangers at Edmonton Oilers
Tue, Mar 12 8:00 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Winnipeg Jets
  10:00 p.m. Nashville Predators at Anaheim Ducks
Wed, Mar 13 10:00 p.m. New York Rangers at Vancouver Canucks
Thu, Mar 14 7:00 p.m. Washington Capitals at Philadelphia Flyers
  8:00 p.m. Boston Bruins at Winnipeg Jets
Fri, Mar 15 7:00 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets
  9:00 p.m. New York Rangers at Calgary Flames
Sat, Mar 16 7:00 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Boston Bruins
  7:00 p.m. Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets
  10:30 p.m. Nashville Predators at San Jose Sharks
Sun, Mar 17 6:00 p.m. New York Islanders at Minnesota Wild
Mon, Mar 18 7:30 p.m. Arizona Coyotes at Tampa Bay Lightning
  10:30 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
Tue, Mar 19 8:00 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Nashville Predators
  9:00 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Calgary Flames
Thu, Mar 21 7:00 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
  10:00 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Vegas Golden Knights
Sat, Mar 23 3:00 p.m. Chicago Blackhawks at Colorado Avalanche
  7:00 p.m. Nashville Predators at Winnipeg Jets
  9:00 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
  10:00 p.m. Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks
Sun, Mar 24 7:00 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Carolina Hurricanes
  10:00 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Vancouver Canucks

* All games are subject to blackout restrictions in each team’s local market

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