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How to Watch the NHL Stadium Series 2023

Heads up, hockey fans! The NHL’s second outdoor game of the season makes its way to ABC and ESPN+ this February.

The Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes will go head to head in the 2023 NHL Stadium Series on Saturday, February 18.

NC State’s Carter-Finley Stadium hosts the outdoor game, which will air on ABC and stream on ESPN+.

This year’s game will be the Capitals’ fourth outdoor appearance and the Hurricanes’ first. The Capitals have never lost an outdoor matchup—winning two NHL Winter Classics and one Stadium Series.

Keep reading to learn how to watch the 2023 Stadium Series, including our TV provider recommendations.

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What channel is the NHL Stadium Series on?

The 2023 NHL Stadium Series will air on ABC and ESPN+ on February 18 at 8:00 p.m. eastern.

In Canada, viewers can watch the game with English-language coverage on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet NOW. TVA Sports 2 will also carry the game in Canada, providing Canadian French–language commentary.

Best TV plans for watching the NHL Stadium Series

Many TV plans allow you to watch the NHL Stadium Series this season, including some viewing options that don’t require a long-term commitment.

An over-the-air (OTA) antenna is the most convenient way to catch the Stadium Series on ABC. All you need is an antenna capable of picking up your area’s nearest ABC affiliate station, which we explain in greater detail in our free-options section further down.

ESPN+ is the next best way to watch the Stadium Series if you prefer a streaming method. It costs $9.99 a month, and you can cancel anytime. In general, we like ESPN+ for watching the NHL because it carries every out-of-market game and some exclusive matchups. It even has the NHL All-Star Game, which airs on Saturday, February 4—just two weeks before the Stadium Series.

Which TV providers show the NHL Stadium Series?

Because ABC is a standard local channel, you’ll find the 2023 Stadium Series game on most TV providers. You can browse popular providers in the table below, where we highlight the ones carrying ABC and ESPN+.

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*Without ABC, Sling TV subscribers can watch ESPN on ABC broadcasts via ESPN3.

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How to watch the NHL Stadium Series for free

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Recommended antenna:
Mohu Leaf 50 ($47.99 one-time purchase)
NHL channels:
ABC
Features:
All local broadcast channels

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You can avoid signing up for a TV plan and watch the NHL Stadium Series for free on ABC using an OTA antenna. Of course, this method requires a TV and an antenna, which aren’t free. But as long as you live in a region with an ABC affiliate station, you’ll be able to access the channel without any monthly fees.

One of our favorite antennas is the Mohu Leaf 50 ($47.99 on Amazon). Because of its 60-mile range and amplified technology, it’s ideal for urban and suburban areas. But you can browse more antenna recommendations on our Best Antennas for Cord-Cutters page.

Before you settle on an antenna, you should double-check if ABC is available in your city. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has a handy Reception Map Tool where you can enter your zip code to see every channel in your region.

Pro tip: Another free way to catch the Stadium Series is by signing up for a free live TV streaming trial. YouTube TV and fuboTV offer free trials more often than any other service, and both carry ABC in their base plans.

Final take

The 2023 NHL Stadium Series is taking pro hockey outside on Saturday, February 18, at 8:00 p.m. eastern. Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, North Carolina, hosts the Washington Capitals-Carolina Hurricanes matchup, which you can watch at home on ABC and ESPN+.

An OTA antenna will likely get you ABC without needing a TV subscription. But ESPN+ ($9.99 a month) is an excellent service for NHL fans with reliable internet who prefer streaming. If you get ESPN+ at the start of February, you’ll also be able to stream the NHL All-Star Game on Saturday, February 4.

How to Watch the NHL Stadium Series FAQ

Where can I watch the NHL Stadium Series?

You can watch the 2023 NHL Stadium Series through any TV provider that carries ABC or ESPN+. You can also catch the game with an OTA antenna if you live near an ABC affiliate station.

Can I watch the NHL Stadium Series on ESPN+?

Yes, you can watch the 2023 NHL Stadium Series game on ESPN+. The outdoor matchup between the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes will also air on ABC.

How can I watch the outdoor hockey game?

The 2023 NHL season features two outdoor hockey games: the Winter Classic and the Stadium Series. You can watch the Winter Classic on TNT and the Stadium Series on ABC and ESPN+ in the US.

Methodology

Our sports experts spent the last two NHL seasons researching and hands-on testing the best ways to watch NHL games. For the NHL Stadium Series, we compared popular TV services to determine our viewing recommendations—focusing on pricing, channel availability, and ease of use.

Check out our How We Rank page to learn more about our methods.

Disclaimer

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