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How To Watch the NHL Preseason 2023

Dive into early hockey action this fall as the ice heats up for the NHL preseason. Catch select games on NHL Network, TNT, and your regional sports network.

Before the puck drops on the 2023–2024 NHL regular season, each team will compete in a series of preseason matchups starting September 23, 2023. NHL Network and TNT will televise select games nationwide, but most preseason hockey action airs on regional sports networks (RSNs).

DIRECTV STREAM is our favorite service for catching the NHL preseason. It comes with every national NHL channel and offers most RSNs based on your location. But if you support a team far from home, you’ll want ESPN+ for out-of-market streaming access.

Keep reading for more info on NHL preseason channels and recommended TV services. We also have a section dedicated to the full preseason schedule, so you can quickly check match times and channel listings.

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What channels are NHL preseason games on?

NHL preseason games mostly air locally on regional sports networks or stream on each NHL team’s website. NHL Network and TNT broadcast some matchups nationwide, and you can stream 30+ out-of-market preseason games on ESPN+.

Pro tip: Not all NHL preseason games appear on TV, but every team has a radio affiliate you can listen to online via TuneIn.

2023 NHL preseason schedule

This year’s NHL preseason runs from September 23 to October 7. Like previous seasons, the two-week period includes neutral-site exhibition games happening domestically and internationally. Fans from the Land Down Under will get the chance to see the NHL Global Series make a preseason stop at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings (in Melbourne) Saturday, September 23 12 a.m. NHL Network, ESPN+
Arizona Coyotes at St. Louis Blues Saturday, September 23 3 p.m. Bally Sports Midwest
Arizona Coyotes vs. St. Louis Blues (in Wichita) Saturday, September 23 8 p.m.
Arizona Coyotes vs. Los Angeles Kings (in Melbourne) Sunday, September 24 12 a.m. NHL Network, ESPN+
Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins Sunday, September 24 1 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Ottawa Senators Sunday, September 24 2 p.m. ESPN+, Sportsnet One
Buffalo Sabres at Washington Capitals Sunday, September 24 2 p.m. NHL Network, Sabres.com, Monumental Sports Network
Minnesota Wild at Colorado Avalanche Sunday, September 24 3 p.m. ESPN+
New York Rangers at Boston Bruins Sunday, September 24 5 p.m. NHL Network, MSG Network, NESN+
Winnipeg Jets at Edmonton Oilers Sunday, September 24 6 p.m. WinnipegJets.com
Arizona Coyotes vs. Dallas Stars (in Cedar Park) Sunday, September 24 6 p.m.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Columbus Blue Jackets Sunday, September 24 7 p.m. KDKA+
Vancouver Canucks at Calgary Flames Sunday, September 24 8 p.m. ESPN+
Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks Sunday, September 24 8 p.m. NHL Network, SJSharks.com
Los Angeles Kings at Anaheim Ducks Sunday, September 24 8 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers Monday, September 25 2 p.m.
Nashville Predators at Florida Panthers Monday, September 25 6 p.m.
New Jersey Devils at Montreal Canadiens Monday, September 25 7 p.m.
Philadelphia Flyers at New Jersey Devils Monday, September 25 7 p.m. NJD.TV
Ottawa Senators at Toronto Maple Leafs Monday, September 25 7 p.m. NHL Network, Sportsnet
Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets Monday, September 25 8 p.m. ESPN+, TSN3
Vegas Golden Knights at Colorado Avalanche Monday, September 25 9 p.m. NHL Network, ESPN+
Seattle Kraken at Calgary Flames Monday, September 25 9 p.m. Root Sports Northwest
Calgary Flames at Seattle Kraken Monday, September 25 10 p.m.
Boston Bruins at Buffalo Sabres Tuesday, September 26 7 p.m. ESPN+, NESN+, MSG Western New York
New York Islanders at New York Rangers Tuesday, September 26 7 p.m. NHL Network, MSG Network, MSG Sportsnet
Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings Tuesday, September 26 7 p.m. ESPN+, Bally Sports Detroit Extra
Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes Tuesday, September 26 7 p.m. Hurricanes.com
Columbus Blue Jackets at St. Louis Blues Tuesday, September 26 8 p.m. Bally Sports Midwest
Minnesota Wild at Dallas Stars Tuesday, September 26 8 p.m.
Anaheim Ducks at San Jose Sharks Tuesday, September 26 10 p.m. AnaheimDucks.com, SJSharks.com
Buffalo Sabres vs. Toronto Maple Leafs (in St. Thomas) Wednesday, September 27 6:30 p.m NHL Network, MSG Western New York, Sportsnet One
Ottawa Senators at Montreal Canadiens Wednesday, September 27 7 p.m. ESPN+
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Islanders Wednesday, September 27 7 p.m.
Florida Panthers at Carolina Hurricanes Wednesday, September 27 7 p.m. Hurricanes.com
Tampa Bay Lightning at Nashville Predators Wednesday, September 27 8 p.m. NashvillePredators.com
Calgary Flames at Winnipeg Jets Wednesday, September 27 8 p.m. ESPN+
Vancouver Canucks at Edmonton Oilers Wednesday, September 27 9 p.m. ESPN+
Los Angeles Kings at Vegas Golden Knights Wednesday, September 27 10 p.m. NHL Network
San Jose Sharks at Anaheim Ducks Wednesday, September 27 10 p.m. AnaheimDucks.com, Bally Sports SoCal
Buffalo Sabres at Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday, September 28 7 p.m. Sabres.com, KDKA+
Detroit Red Wings at Washington Capitals Thursday, September 28 7 p.m. NHL Network, Monumental Sports Network
New Jersey Devils at New York Rangers Thursday, September 28 7 p.m. ESPN+, MSG Network, MSG Sportsnet
Colorado Avalanche at Minnesota Wild Thursday, September 28 8 p.m.
St. Louis Blues at Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, September 28 8:30 p.m. ESPN+, NBC Sports Chicago
Vancouver Canucks at Seattle Kraken Thursday, September 28 10 p.m. KONG
Carolina Hurricanes at Florida Panthers Friday, September 29 6 p.m. Hurricanes.com
Carolina Hurricanes at Tampa Bay Lightning Friday, September 29 7 p.m. Hurricanes.com
New York Rangers at New York Islanders Friday, September 29 7 p.m. ESPN+, MSG Network, MSG Sportsnet
Philadelphia Flyers at Boston Bruins Friday, September 29 7 p.m. NHL Network, NESN+
Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Friday, September 29 7 p.m. ESPN+
Winnipeg Jets at Ottawa Senators Friday, September 29 7 p.m. ESPN+
Edmonton Oilers at Calgary Flames Friday, September 29 9 p.m. Oilers Plus
Anaheim Ducks vs. Los Angeles Kings (in San Diego) Friday, September 29 10 p.m.
Arizona Coyotes at Vegas Golden Knights Friday, September 29 10 p.m. NHL Network
Columbus Blue Jets at Buffalo Sabres Saturday, September 30 3 p.m. Sabres.com
Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning Saturday, September 30 5 p.m.
Toronto Maple Leafs at Montreal Canadiens Saturday, September 30 7 p.m. NHL Network
New Jersey Devils at Philadelphia Flyers Saturday, September 30 7 p.m. NJD.TV, NBC Sports Philadelphia+
Washington Capitals at Detroit Red Wings Saturday, September 30 7 p.m. ESPN+, Monumental Sports Network, Bally Sports Detroit
Chicago Blackhawks at Minnesota Wild Saturday, September 30 7 p.m. ESPN+, Bally Sports North Extra
Dallas Stars vs. St. Louis Blues (in Independence) Saturday, September 30 7 p.m.
Edmonton Oilers at Vancouver Canucks Saturday, September 30 9 p.m. NHL Network, ESPN+
Los Angeles Kings at San Jose Sharks Saturday, September 30 10 p.m. SJSharks.com

Data effective as of post date.

Game Date Time (ET) Channels
Florida Panthers vs. Ottawa Senators (in Sydney, Nova Scotia) Sunday, October 1 4 p.m. NHL Network
Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes (in Palm Desert) Sunday, October 1 6 p.m.
Chicago Blackhawks at Detroit Red Wings Sunday, October 1 7 p.m. NBC Sports Chicago
Dallas Stars at Colorado Avalanche Sunday, October 1 7 p.m. NHL Network
Ottawa Senators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (in Halifax) Monday, October 2 6 p.m. NHL Network
Boston Bruins at Philadelphia Flyers Monday, October 2 7 p.m. ESPN+, NESN, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Montreal Canadiens at Toronto Maple Leafs Monday, October 2 7 p.m. ESPN+, Sportsnet
New York Islanders at New Jersey Devils Monday, October 2 7 p.m. ESPN+, MSG Sportsnet, MSG Network
St. Louis Blues at Columbus Blue Jackets Monday, October 2 7 p.m.
Winnipeg Jets at Calgary Flames Monday, October 2 9 p.m. WinnipegJets.com
Edmonton Oilers at Seattle Kraken Monday, October 2 10 p.m. Root Sports Northwest
Washington Capitals at Boston Bruins Tuesday, October 3 7 p.m. NHL Network, Monumental Sports Network, NESN
Florida Panthers vs. Tampa Bay Lightning (in Orlando) Tuesday, October 3 7 p.m. FloridaPanthers.com
Colorado Avalanche at Dallas Stars Tuesday, October 3 8 p.m.
Detroit Red Wings at Chicago Blackhawks Tuesday, October 3 8:30 p.m. NBC Sports Chicago
Anaheim Ducks at Los Angeles Kings Tuesday, October 3 10 p.m. NHL Network, Bally Sports SoCal
San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights Tuesday, October 3 10 p.m. Vegas 34
New York Rangers at New Jersey Devils Wednesday, October 4 7 p.m. NHL Network, MSG Network, MSG Sportsnet
Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets Wednesday, October 4 7 p.m. Sabres.com
Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins Wednesday, October 4 7 p.m. DetroitRedWings.com, SportsNet Pittsburgh
Calgary Flames at Edmonton Oilers Wednesday, October 4 9 p.m. CalgaryFlames.com, Oilers Plus
Seattle Kraken vs. Vancouver Canucks (in Abbotsford) Wednesday, October 4 10 p.m. SeattleKraken.com
Detroit Red Wings at Toronto Maple Leafs Thursday, October 5 7 p.m.
Boston Bruins at New York Rangers Thursday, October 5 7 p.m. TNT
New York Islanders at Philadelphia Flyers Thursday, October 5 7 p.m. NewYorkIslanders.com, NBC Sports Philadelphia
Florida Panthers at Tampa Bay Lightning Thursday, October 5 7 p.m. TampaBayLightning.com
Washington Capitals at Columbus Blue Jackets Thursday, October 5 7 p.m. ESPN+, Monumental Sports Network
Carolina Hurricanes at Nashville Predators Thursday, October 5 8 p.m. NashvillePredators.com
Ottawa Senators at Winnipeg Jets Thursday, October 5 8 p.m. ESPN+
St. Louis Blues at Dallas Stars Thursday, October 5 8 p.m.
Minnesota Wild at Chicago Blackhawks Thursday, October 5 8:30 p.m. ESPN+, Bally Sports North, NBC Sports Chicago
Los Angeles Kings vs. San Jose Sharks (in Salt Lake City) Thursday, October 5 9 p.m. ESPN+, Bally Sports West
Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks Thursday, October 5 10 p.m. ESPN+, Bally Sports SoCal
Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights Thursday, October 5 10 p.m. TNT
Pittsburgh Penguins at Buffalo Sabres Friday, October 6 7 p.m. NHL Network, MSG Western New York, MSG Western New York
New Jersey Devils at New York Islanders Friday, October 6 7 p.m. ESPN+, MSG Network, MSG Sportsnet
Nashville Predators at Carolina Hurricanes Friday, October 6 7 p.m. NashvillePredators.com
Seattle Kraken at Edmonton Oilers Friday, October 6 9 p.m. KONG, Oilers Plus
Calgary Flames at Vancouver Canucks Friday, October 6 10 p.m. NHL Network
Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings Saturday, October 7 4 p.m. NHL Network, Bally Sports West
Tampa Bay Lightning at Florida Panthers Saturday, October 7 6 p.m. TampaBayLightning.com
Dallas Stars at Minnesota Wild Saturday, October 7 6 p.m. ESPN+, Bally Sports North
Anaheim Ducks vs. Arizona Coyotes (in Tucson) Saturday, October 7 6 p.m.
Montreal Canadiens at Ottawa Senators Saturday, October 7 7 p.m. ESPN+
Toronto Maple Leafs at Detroit Red Wings Saturday, October 7 7 p.m. NHL Network, Bally Sports Detroit
Columbus Blue Jackets at Washington Capitals Saturday, October 7 7 p.m. ESPN+, Monumental Sports Network
Chicago Blackhawks at St. Louis Blues Saturday, October 7 8 p.m. NBC Sports Chicago, Bally Sports Midwest

Data effective as of post date.

Best TV plans for watching the NHL preseason

The best TV plans for watching the NHL preseason depend on the games you wish to see. If you prefer having access to every preseason duel, you’ll want DIRECTV STREAM and ESPN+.

DIRECTV STREAM will get you every national NHL channel and your regional sports network, while ESPN+ provides out-of-market access. Together, DIRECTV STREAM with a standalone ESPN+ subscription is the most expensive route for NHL fans. It’s also unnecessary if you want only the televised games featuring your favorite team. In that case, you may look to one of these options:

  1. Local games: Watching locally televised NHL preseason games is tricky because every team has different TV affiliates. In most cases, you’ll need a TV provider like DIRECTV STREAM or fuboTV to get RSN access. Otherwise, depending on your local team’s broadcaster, a simple TV antenna can pick up games over the air.
  2. Out-of-market games: ESPN+ and NHL Center Ice carry out-of-market NHL games. You won’t get every out-of-market preseason game because not every game airs on TV, but ESPN+ is a great streaming option for only $9.99 a month.
  3. National games: Sling TV is the cheapest way to get national NHL channels like ESPN, NHL Network, and TNT. All you’ll need is the Sling Orange plan ($40 a month) and the Sports Extra add-on ($11 a month).

Which TV providers carry NHL preseason games?

Any TV plan offering NHL Network and TNT will get you nationally televised NHL preseason games. To help your search, we listed 13 popular TV services in the table below and illustrated whether they carry the two channels.

Provider Price NHL Network TNT Details
Cox $61.00–$152.00/mo.
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DIRECTV $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DIRECTV STREAM $69.99–$159.99/mo. View plans

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DISH $84.99–$114.99/mo. View plans

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fuboTV $32.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Hulu + Live TV $76.99–$89.99/mo. View plans

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Optimum $35.00–$125.00/mo. View plans

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Philo $28.00/mo. View plans

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Sling TV $40.00–$55.00/mo. View plans

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Spectrum $39.99–$74.99/mo. View plans

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Vidgo $69.99–$99.99/mo. View plans

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Xfinity $20.00–$80.00/mo.
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YouTube TV $72.99/mo. View plans

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How to watch the NHL preseason for free

Unfortunately, there are no straightforward methods to watch NHL preseason games for free. In some metropolitan areas with NHL teams, you might catch a few matchups using an over-the-air (OTA) antenna—such as KTNV-TV in Las Vegas airing Vegas Golden Knights preseason games. However, this option may not be viable for most NHL fans, especially if you don’t live near your favorite team.

While scouring Reddit for free NHL streams is possible, we don’t endorse that approach due to its illegality, unreliability, and potential risks to your streaming device. Instead, a legitimate and inexpensive option is subscribing to ESPN+ at $9.99 a month, which provides access to over 30 preseason matchups with no additional commitments.

Are NHL preseason games on TV?

Most NHL preseason games appear on TV or online, although some matchups may not have an official broadcast. Regional blackout restrictions can also prevent certain games from airing in your area.

For in-market coverage, you’ll need a TV plan with your local team’s regional sports network. You can also explore out-of-market options like ESPN+ and NHL Center Ice if you support a non-local team. In cases where no viewing option is available, games are still accessible through each team’s radio partner.

How to watch the NHL preseason FAQ

Can you stream NHL preseason games?

Yes, you can stream NHL preseason games on any live TV streaming service that offers NHL Network, TNT, and your local team’s RSN affiliate. ESPN+ also carries select out-of-market games during the preseason.

Are NHL preseason games blacked out?

Yes, broadcasting blackouts occur for all locally televised NHL preseason games. In-market games will appear on RSNs, while ESPN+ and NHL Center Ice will show some out-of-market matchups.

Does NHL Center Ice include preseason games?

Yes, NHL Center Ice carries select out-of-market preseason games. Unlike the regular season, NHL Center Ice doesn’t offer complete out-of-market access during the preseason. Blackout restrictions may also prevent certain games from airing in your area.

Where can I watch NHL preseason games in Canada?

In Canada, some NHL preseason games air nationally on Sportsnet, Sportsnet ONE, and TSN. Sportsnet NOW Premium will show select out-of-market preseason games, while in-market games may appear on Sportsnet NOW, TSN’s regional networks, and individual team websites.

Methodology

Our experts conducted thorough research and hands-on testing to identify the best ways to watch this year’s NHL preseason. We compiled a comprehensive list of preseason matchups and channel listings. Utilizing that data, we compared popular TV providers to determine the most efficient way to watch the most games—considering in-market, out-of-market, and nationally televised broadcasts.

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

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