NHL TV and radio schedules for 2021-22 season

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The National Hockey League heads into the upcoming playoffs with national contracts returning to ESPN and for the first time for Turner Sports on TNT.

At the time of its creation, ESPN revolutionized NHL coverage in the United States, presenting the league from 1979-82, again from 1985-88 and a third stint from 1992-2004. The national cable deal eventually went to Outdoor Life Network, which became Versus, which became NBC Sports Network. ESPN/Disney reacquired the rights in March 2021.

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National Hockey League (AP)

If you are a hockey fan in New York and are willing to spend a few subscription dollars, the entire regular season of 1,312 games is available via ESPN+. New Yorkers with basic cable still receive more NHL games than any other national city with the Rangers, Islanders and Devils airing on the MSG and MSG Plus networks.

New York Rangers

Madison Square Garden Networks will present pre-game and post-game coverage of the NHL's Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Carolina Hurricanes. ESPN has the first four games of the best-of-seven series.

With Kenny Albert busy with TV coverage, Sam Rosen - in his 38th season as play-by-play TV voice - will fill in on the radio side. John Giannone, Steve Valiquette and retired Rangers all-star goalie Henrik Lundqvist will handle the studio work.

Rangers radio broadcasts will air on WEPN 98.7-FM (ESPN Radio New York). Dave Maloney is slated as analyst. Don La Greca may also serve as Albert’s backup, as well as host the broadcasts.

All games on MSG Network unless indicated

May

Wed. 18 - at Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (ESPN); Fri. 20 - at Hurricanes, 8 p.m. (ESPN); Sun. 22 - vs. Hurricanes, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN); Tues. 24 - vs. Hurricanes, 7 p.m. (ESPN); Thur. 26 - at Hurricanes, time and TV TBD; Sat. 28 - vs. Hurricanes, time and TV TBD; Mon. 30 - at Hurricanes, time and TV TBD

ESPN

The Stanley Cup finals will air on ESPN and ABC in 2022, 2024, 2026 and 2028 (TNT has 2023, 2025, 2027). ESPN and TNT will split the first two rounds of the playoffs, and each network will be assigned one conference final.

All ESPN and ESPN2 games will be available on the ESPN app.

May

Wed. 18 - Rangers at Hurricanes, game 1, 7 p.m.; Oilers at Flames, game 1, 9:30 p.m.; Fri. 20 - Rangers at Hurricanes, game 2, 8 p.m.; Oilers at Flames, game 2, 10:30 p.m.; Sun. 22 - Hurricanes at Rangers, game 3, 3:30 p.m.; Tues. 24 - Hurricanes at Rangers, game 4, 7 p.m.; Flames at Oilers, game 4, 9:30 p.m.

(more games to be announced as playoffs progress)

ESPN2

All ESPN2 games will be available on the ESPN app.

May

Sun. 22 - Flames at Oilers, game 3, 8 p.m.

(more games to be announced as playoffs progress)

ABC Sports (WABC-7 in New York), also on ESPN+

ABC will air some weekend NHL Playoff games and portions of the Stanley Cup finals

ESPN+

Every out-of-market (in New York, no Rangers, Islanders and Devils) game will be streamed via ESPN+ and can be viewed on demand. Fans can choose between the “home” or “away” broadcast feed. Rangers, Islanders and Devils games will be available on ESPN+ after 24 hours.

TNT

Turner Sports will broadcast its first Stanley Cup playoffs action, on TNT and sister station TBS.

Turner has dipped heavily into the former NHL on NBC talent lineup. Kenny Albert and Eddie Olczyk will be the lead TNT announce team, with Brendan Burke and Darren Pang as the second unit. Keith Jones will provide ice-level analysis. TNT will use Jackie Redmond, Jennifer Botterill and Tarik El-Bashir as contributors.

Albert is the Rangers’ lead radio analyst. Olczyk, a member of the 1994 Rangers Cup champions, is the TV analyst for the Blackhawks. Burke is the TV play-by-play voice of the Islanders. Pang is the TV analyst for the Blues.

Turner and ESPN will split the Stanley Cup playoffs, with each network assigned a conference final. ESPN has the 2022 Stanley Cup and Turner has the 2023 Stanley Cup.

TruTV has been serving as the overflow channel should the first telecast of the evening run long.

May

Tues. 17 - Lightning at Panthers, game 1, 7 p.m.; Blues at Avalanche, game 1, 9:30 p.m.; Thur. 19 - Lightning at Panthers, game 2, 7 p.m.; Blues at Avalanche, game 2, 9:30 p.m.; Sat. 21 - Avalanche at Blues, game 3, 8 p.m.; Sun. 22 - Panthers at Lightning, game 3, 1:30 p.m.; Mon. 23 - Panthers at Lightning, game 4, 7 p.m.; Avalanche at Blues, game 4, 9:30 p.m.

(more games to be announced as playoffs progress)

NHL Network

The network is presenting the IIHF World Championships from Finland and Sweden.

May

Mon. 16 - Slovakia-Canada, 9 a.m.; Finland-USA, 1 p.m.; Tues. 17 - Czechia-Austria, 9 a.m.; Switzerland-Kazakhstan, 1 p.m.; Wed. 18 - Norway-Austria, 9 a.m.; Finland-Sweden, 1 p.m.; Thur. 20 - Great Britain-USA, 9 a.m.; Canada-Kazakhstan, 1 p.m.; Fri. 21 - Great Britain-Finland, 9 a.m.; Kazakhstan-Slovakia, 1 p.m.; Sat. 21 - Canada-Switzerland, 9 a.m.; Norway-Czechia, 1 p.m.; Austria-Finland, 3:30 p.m.; Sun. 22 - Kazakhstan-Germany, 9 a.m.; Sweden-Norway, 1 p.m.; Great Britain-Latvia, 3:30 p.m.

Mon. 23 - USA-Czechia, 9 a.m.; Canada-Denmark, 1 p.m.; Tues. 24 - Germany-Switzerland, 5 a.m.; USA-Norway, 9 a.m.; Canada-France, 1 p.m.; Wed. 25 - Finland-Czechia, noon; Thur. 26 - TBD, 9 a.m.; TBD, 1 p.m.; Fri. 27 - TBD, noon; TBD, 2 p.m.; Sat. 28 - TBD, 7 a.m.; TBD, 11 a.m.; Sun. 29 - TBD, 8 a.m.; TBD, 1 p.m.

During the regular season the cable channel carried about 90 local telecasts throughout the season. That included select Saturday afternoon, Saturday prime time and Sunday telecasts. The Rangers, Islanders and Devils games were not shown live in the New York market, but backup telecasts were offered locally in most cases.

The schedules are generally announced one month at a time.

The cable channel introduced its own NHL Network Showcase broadcasts last season, much like sister channel MLB Network has done so in recent seasons.

NHL.com

The NHL app and website NHL.com provides free radio telecasts of every game, with both home and away feeds.

SiriusXM radio

The subscription service provides home-team radio broadcasts across a handful of channels (219 through 223) in the sports tier service. Each team has its own online streaming channel (on SiriusXM.com) for its radio broadcasts. NHL Network Radio Ch. 91 also presents a number of select games.

TuneIn

The app provides a subscription-based service for radio telecasts of every game.

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