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NHL RSN Situation: What You Need To Know

Will you be able to watch your favorite NHL team this season?

The 2023–2024 NHL season is underway, but if you live in a market affected by the league’s issues with regional sports networks (RSNs), you may be wondering if you can watch your team locally this season. The NHL is tracking Bally Sports’ ongoing bankruptcy negotiations, which may interrupt local broadcasts for teams like the Red Wings and Predators.

Here’s what you need to know about the NHL and RSN situation and the best ways to ensure you don’t miss an NHL game all season. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

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Local NHL channels

Every NHL team has a local broadcast partner for games that don’t get national coverage. To confirm RSNs in your region, use DIRECTV’s RSN Channel Locator to see each team’s network partners.

NHL team Local channel
Anaheim Ducks Bally Sports
Arizona Coyotes Bally Sports
Boston Bruins NESN
Buffalo Sabres MSG Networks
Calgary Flames Sportsnet
Carolina Hurricanes Bally Sports
Chicago Blackhawks NBC Sports Regional Networks
Colorado Avalanche Altitude Sports
Columbus Blue Jackets Bally Sports
Dallas Stars Bally Sports
Detroit Red Wings Bally Sports
Edmonton Oilers Sportsnet
Florida Panthers Bally Sports
Los Angeles Kings Bally Sports
Minnesota Wild Bally Sports
Montreal Canadiens RDS/TSN
Nashville Predators Bally Sports
New Jersey Devils MSG Networks
New York Islanders MSG Networks
New York Rangers MSG Networks
Ottawa Senators TSN
Philadelphia Flyers NBC Sports Regional Networks
Pittsburgh Penguins SportsNet Pittsburgh
San Jose Sharks NBC Sports Regional Networks
Seattle Kraken Root Sports
St. Louis Blues Bally Sports
Tampa Bay Lightning Bally Sports
Toronto Maple Leafs TSN/Sportsnet
Vancouver Canucks Sportsnet
Vegas Golden Knights Scripps/KMCC/Vegas 34
Washington Capitals Monumental Sports Network
Winnipeg Jets TSN

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NHL and RSNs

RSNs have been in a tough spot in recent years, but two big moves have created shockwaves for NHL teams and fans. Earlier this year, Bally Sports’ parent company entered bankruptcy, and Warner Bros. Discovery announced that it’d shut down its RSNs.

Some teams have found their own lifelines: The Golden Knights will broadcast local games free in Nevada and the Mountain West via Scripps Sports, while the Penguins bought out their RSN from Warner Bros. Discovery. But if you root for the following teams, you need to change (or be prepared to change) your viewing plans this season:

NHL teams affected by RSN situation

  • Anaheim Ducks
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Dallas Stars
  • Detroit Red Wings
  • Florida Panthers
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • Los Angeles Kings
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Nashville Predators
  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • St. Louis Blues
  • Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Vegas Golden Knights

What happens next?

Will you be able to watch local Coyotes or Red Wings games at home next season? It depends on how Bally Sports’ bankruptcy conversations shake out. But the NHL has backup options to ensure games reach your TV.

In an August 2023 interview with The Athletic, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the league is “prepared to do what needs to be done” to ensure fans can watch local games. If Bally is unable to broadcast games, NHL teams could potentially partner with other carriers or—as with the Penguins—acquire their local RSN.

But regardless, the NHL’s RSN problem will be a hassle for affected fans. Check back with all season long for the latest updates on the NHL’s RSN situation.

Best local NHL TV providers

NHL channels:
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