ESPN+ is ramping up its coverage of the NHL as the Stanley Cup Playoffs approach in April. The young digital streaming service has bumped the weekly number of games from nine to 14, with each game featuring at least one team vying or Playoff positioning for a total 46 games in a 24 day period.
The “Battle for the Playoffs” started when the New York Islanders hosted the defending Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals in a 3-1 loss.
ESPN+ will feature 17 appearances by current division leaders, including seven by the Calgary Flames, five by the Nashville Predators, three by the Tampa Bay Lightning and two by the Islanders.
Other notable matchups include a March 9 game between the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins and the Columbus Blue Jackets and March 21 rematch of the 2018 Western Conference Final as the Las Vegas Golden Knights host the Winnipeg Jets.
Each game night will conclude with the post-game show In The Crease with Linda Cohn and Barry Melrose.