FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, December 29th, 2020
NBC SPORTS ANNOUNCES ITS EXCLUSIVE NHL SCHEDULE FOR 2020-21 REGULAR SEASON
Season Opens with Wednesday Night Hockey Tripleheader on Jan. 13 on NBCSN Headlined by Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Chicago Blackhawks
19 Different Teams Featured Across 18 Wednesday Night Hockey Matchups; 10 Sunday Night Hockey Games; Record 16 NHL Regular-Season Games on NBC
Remainder of NBC Sports’ Schedule to be Released Soon
STAMFORD, Conn. – December 29, 2020 – NBC Sports has announced the telecast schedule for its exclusive games for the 2020-21 NHL regular season, beginning with a Wednesday Night Hockey tripleheader on Jan. 13 on NBCSN headlined by the defending Stanley Cup Champion Tampa Bay Lightning against the Chicago Blackhawks at 8 p.m. ET.
NBC Sports’ NHL telecast schedule features exclusive weekend games on NBC and Wednesday Night Hockey and Sunday Night Hockey matchups on NBCSN. All game times and NBC Sports’ full 2020-21 NHL regular-season schedule will be announced soon.
The Jan. 13 season-opening tripleheader on NBCSN begins with the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers at 5:30 p.m. ET and concludes with the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche at 10:30 p.m. ET.
2020-21 NHL OPENING NIGHT ON NBCSN – JANUARY 13
Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers
|Chicago Blackhawks vs. Tampa Bay Lightning||
|St. Louis Blues vs. Colorado Avalanche||
Last week, the NHL announced a 56-game regular-season schedule per team for the 2020-21 season, as well as a divisional realignment sought to minimize team travel as much as possible by shifting to exclusively intra-divisional play.
All coverage on NBC and NBCSN streams on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.
WEDNESDAY NIGHT HOCKEY PRESENTED BY NEW AMSTERDAM VODKA ON NBCSN
- Schedule diversity – 19 different teams featured in 18 matchups and a blend of Eastern, Western and Canadian markets.
- Star power – Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews, Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Carey Price, David Pastrnak, Claude Giroux, and 2020 NHL Draft first overall pick Alexis Lafreniere all featured.
- Top matchups – 14 of 19 matchups include a 2019-20 Stanley Cup Playoff team.
NBCSN 2020-21 NHL Wednesday Night Hockey Presented by New Amsterdam Vodka (subject to change):
|February 10||Boston||N.Y. Rangers|
|February 24||N.Y. Rangers||Philadelphia|
|March 17||Philadelphia||N.Y. Rangers|
|March 31||Arizona||St. Louis|
|April 14||Vegas||Los Angeles|
|April 28||St. Louis||Minnesota|
|May 5||Washington||N.Y. Rangers|
NHL ON NBC
- Once a week – NBC Sports will showcase the NHL 16 times on NBC – once every week on average during the 2020-21 season – beginning Sunday, January 17, featuring the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. It’s the most-ever NHL regular-season games on NBC.
- Fan-favorite rivalries – The NHL on NBC schedule features a number of rivalries, including a Valentine’s Day date between the Capitals and Penguins, plus Blackhawks-Red Wings, Bruins-Rangers, and Blues-Avalanche matchups.
- “Final flex Saturday” – the final game on the NHL on NBC schedule on Saturday, May 8, is currently TBD and will feature the most compelling game with playoff implications.
NHL ON NBC 2020-21 SCHEDULE
|Sun., January 17||Washington||Pittsburgh|
|Sun., January 24||Detroit||Chicago|
|Sun., February 7||Philadelphia||Washington|
|Sun., February 14||Washington||Pittsburgh|
|Sat., February 20||Vegas||Colorado|
|Sun., February 21||Philadelphia||Boston|
|Sun., February 28||Boston||N.Y. Rangers|
|Sun., March 7||Buffalo||N.Y. Islanders|
|Sun., March 28||N.Y. Rangers||Washington|
|Sun., April 4||Detroit||Tampa Bay|
|Sat., April 17||Pittsburgh||Buffalo|
|Sun., April 18||Washington||Boston|
|Sat., April 24||Colorado||St. Louis|
|Sun., April 25||Boston||Pittsburgh|
|Sun., May 2||Tampa Bay||Detroit|
|Sat., May 8||TBD||TBD|
SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY ON NBCSN
- Schedule variety – 15 different teams from all four divisions will be showcased across 10 Sunday Night Hockey
- Top tier teams – All four Conference Final teams from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs will be featured on Sunday Night Hockey.
- Westward Ho! – Six of the 10 matchups feature a Western Conference team.
2020-21 SUNDAY NIGHT HOCKEY SCHEDULE ON NBCSN
|March 7||N.Y. Rangers||Pittsburgh|
|March 14||Los Angeles||Colorado|
|March 21||Vegas||Los Angeles|
|April 18||N.Y. Islanders||Philadelphia|
|April 25||Columbus||Tampa Bay|
*Some games will be blacked out in local markets and televised in those markets by a regional carrier.