Turner Sports and The Walt Disney Company announced their NHL broadcast and telecast schedules Thursday. Turner Sports will air a total of 50 games in 2020-21, while Disney will be home to 103 exclusive games this season. The Washington Capitals will be featured a total of 13 times across these platforms.
Back in March, the NHL left NBC Sports to sign a seven-year television, streaming and media rights deal with The Walt Disney Company and ESPN. Turner Sports, a division of WarnerMedia, also reached a seven-year agreement with the NHL in April. Those deals begin this season and last through the 2027-28 campaign.
TNT will host the Capitals’ season opener against the New York Rangers on Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. ET. It’ll be an intense, physical showdown as Tom Wilson and company faces off against Ryan Reaves and the Blueshirts. The last time these two teams squared off was on May 5. The game featured six fights, including a line brawl after the opening draw.
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Washington will play four more times on TNT. Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom’s Capitals will face Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl’s Oilers on Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET and March 9 at 8 p.m. ET. They will also host the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning on April 6 at 7:30 p.m. ET and visit Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins on April 10 at 1:30 p.m. ET.
Washington will also appear on ESPN+ and Hulu four times this season when the team plays Nathan MacKinnon’s Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 19, the Pittsburgh Penguins on Dec. 10 (7 p.m. ET), Claude Giroux’s Philadelphia Flyers on Dec. 21 and the Bruins on Jan. 20 (each game starts at 7 p.m. ET).
The Capitals will also get three games on ESPN. They face the Rangers on Feb. 24, the Flyers on April 12 and Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders on April 26 (each game starts at 7 p.m. ET). ABC, as well as ESPN+, will play host to the Capitals’ showdown vs. Pittsburgh on April 9 at 3 p.m. ET.