Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl Cancelled

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To quote Queen: “Another one bites the dust.”

ESPN Events has cancelled yet another of the bowl games that it owns and operates. The network announced Sunday, it has cancelled the Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl. This year would have been the 15th year the bowl was played.

Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl Executive Director Mark Meadows said in a prepared statement, the cancellation was due to the continuing trend of teams opting out of the “bowl season” for the 2020-21 college football season.

“We have made the difficult decision to cancel the TicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl,” said Meadows. “As the inventory of available teams lessened, our ability to stage the game was compromised. We will direct our focus to next year’s bowl, and look forward to staging the game in the 2021 season.”

The Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl was scheduled to take place Jan. 1 at Legion Field. It is now the 13th bowl game canceled this season and third this month. The current list of cancelled games is noted below.

  1. Bahamas Bowl (C-USA vs. MAC)
  2. Celebration Bowl (MEAC vs. SWAC)
  3. Fenway Bowl (AAC vs. ACC)
  4. Hawaii Bowl (AAC vs. Mountain West)
  5. Holiday Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  6. Las Vegas Bowl (Pac-12 vs. SEC)
  7. Los Angeles Bowl (Pac-12 vs. Mountain West)
  8. Pinstripe Bowl (ACC vs. Big Ten)
  9. Quick Lane Bowl (ACC, Big Ten, MAC)
  10. Redbox Bowl (Big Ten vs. Pac-12)
  11. Sun Bowl (ACC vs. Pac-12)
  12. Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl (AAC vs. WAC)
  13. Ticketmaster Birmingham Bowl (SEC vs. AAC)

Early this week, it was announced that the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl — another bowl owned and operated by ESPN Events — was canceled.

According to information provided to the media, the cancellation happened as a result of COVID-19 restrictions enacted in the Southern Methodist University (SMU) football program.

As a result of the game’s cancellation, SMU’s planned opponent, the University of Texas San Antonio (UTSA) will now play in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl. The game is scheduled to take place at 3:30 p.m. ET on Dec. 26 on ABC. UTSA’s opponent for the game will be announced in the coming days.

Clint Overby, Vide President of ESPN Events, shared disappointment at the announcement, and offered consolation to audiences and fans in a prepared statement.

“While we are disappointed in having to cancel the game, our top priority is the health and safety of all parties involved,” said Overby. “We wish SMU, their student-athletes, coaches and administrators well during this time.”

Fans who bought tickets for the Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl will receive full refunds automatically. Refunds could take as much as five business days to receive.

Tuesday’s announcement was the second this month involving cancellation of one of this season’s bowl schedule. The cancellation of the Las Vegas Bowl was announced early this month due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The game was scheduled to be the first college football bowl game to ever take place in the recently constructed Allegiant Stadium, which is the home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders. It was set to feature a matchup of teams from the Pac-12 and Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Las Vegas Bowl Executive Director John Saccenti was quoted at the time as saying he hoped the bowl would be able to be played next season.

“Unfortunately we will have to wait another year to present the Las Vegas Bowl in its new home,” said Saccenti. “This was a difficult decision but the right one considering that our game was founded nearly three decades ago to help drive tourism to the Entertainment Capital of the World during the month of December. We are looking forward to making our bowl week bigger and better than ever in 2021.”

Larry Scott, Pac-12 Commissioner shared Saccenti’s hopes for next year’s Las Vegas Bowl in his own comments.

“The Pac-12 is disappointed for our teams and fans that the Las Vegas Bowl has been forced to cancel this year’s game,” said Scott. “We look forward to next year’s game, which promises to be a fantastic national stage in one of the world’s best football stadiums, to showcase Pac-12 football.”

SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey also expressed his disappointment at the announcement.

“We are disappointed the Las Vegas Bowl has been cancelled for the 2020 football season and will miss the opportunity for SEC student-athletes to experience an exciting new venue,” said Sankey. “We have no doubt the Las Vegas Bowl will be a great part of the future SEC bowl lineup and look forward to our partnership in the years ahead.”

The 2019 Las Vegas Bowl featured a matchup of the Washington Huskies and then No. 19 Boise State Broncos at Sam Boyd Stadium. Washington won the game 38-7.

The Las Vegas Bowl and Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl are two of 17 total bowl games that are owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN.

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ESPN Networks’ 2020-2021 Bowl Game Schedule Announced

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It’s almost time to go bowling!

Officials at ESPN have announced the schedule for this year’s slate of college football bowl games. According to information released by ESPN, this year’s 35-game schedule is set to launch Dec. 19 and to run through Jan. 11. The games will air on each of the ESPN networks.

Opening this year’s schedule is the Topical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl on Dec. 19 in Frisco, TX. The game is scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. Next up is the Myrtle Beach Bowl in Conway, SC at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 21 on ESPN.

Dec. 22 will feature a double header schedule starting at 3:30 p.m. on ESPN with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on ESPN. The Boca Raton Bowl follows at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN. It will take place at FAU Stadium in Boca Raton, FL.

Another double header is scheduled to take place Dec. 23, starting with the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The game will take place at the Mercedez-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA.

The second game on the day is the Montgomery Bowl at 7 p.m. ET. Officials are determining whether it will broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2. The game is set to take place at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL.

One game is scheduled for Dec. 24 and 25 respectively. The Christmas Eve game is the New Mexico Bowl, set to air at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN. The Camellia Bowl is scheduled to take place at 2:30 p.m. ET on Christmas Day from the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, AL on ESPN.

Dec. 26 will see the busiest schedule of the bowl season, with six bowl games set. Coverage starts at noon ET on ABC with the Union Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl. The day winds down with the Guaranteed Rate Bowl, set to air at 10:15 p.m. ET on ESPN.

Other bowl games set for Dec. 26 are: Cure Bowl, SERVPRO First Responder Bowl, Lending Tree Bowl, and Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl.

The action continues Dec. 28 after a day off, with the Military Bowl presented by Perspecta. Coverage of the game, which is scheduled to start at 2:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, will come from the Navy-Marin Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, MD.

From there, the season’s bowl game schedule continues with three to four games daily right to January 1 and the College Football Championship. College football’s title game is scheduled to take place at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, FL, with coverage scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN.

The ESPN networks’ full 2020-2021 Bowl Game Schedule is noted below.

ESPN’s 2020-21 Bowl Season Schedule

DateTime (ET)Bowl GameNetwork
Sat, Dec 197 p.m.Tropical Smoothie Cafe Frisco Bowl **
Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
ESPN
Mon, Dec 21 2:30 p.m.Myrtle Beach Bowl **
Brooks Stadium, Conway, S.C.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 223:30 p.m.Famous Idaho Potato Bowl **
Albertsons Stadium, Boise, Idaho
ESPN
7 p.m.Boca Raton Bowl **
FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, Fla.
ESPN
Wed, Dec 23 3:30 p.m.R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
7 p.m.Montgomery Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN or ESPN2
Thu, Dec 24 3:30 p.m.New Mexico Bowl **
TBD, Albuquerque, N.M.
ESPN
Fri, Dec 25 2:30 p.m.Camellia Bowl **
Cramton Bowl, Montgomery, Ala.
ESPN
Sat, Dec 26 NoonUnion Home Mortgage Gasparilla Bowl **
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
 Cure Bowl **
Camping World Stadium, Orlando, Fla.
ESPN
3:30 p.m.SERVPRO First Responder Bowl **
Gerald J. Ford Stadium, Dallas
ABC
3:30 p.m.LendingTree Bowl
Ladd-Peebles Stadium, Mobile, Ala.
ESPN
7 p.m.Radiance Technologies Independence Bowl
Independence Stadium, Shreveport, La.
ESPN
10:15 p.m.Guaranteed Rate Bowl
Chase Field, Phoenix
ESPN
Mon, Dec 28 2:30 p.m.Military Bowl Presented by Perspecta
Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis, Md.
ESPN
Tue, Dec 29 2 p.m.New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Yankee Stadium, New York
ESPN
5:30 p.m.Cheez-It Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ESPN
9 p.m.Valero Alamo Bowl
Alamodome, San Antonio, Texas
ESPN
Wed, Dec 30NoonDuke’s Mayo Bowl
Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte
ESPN
3:30 p.m.TransPerfect Music City Bowl
Nissan Stadium, Nashville, Tenn.
ESPN
 7:15 p.m.Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic
AT&T Stadium, Arlington, Texas
ESPN
10:45 p.m.LA Bowl
SoFi Stadium, Inglewood, Calif.
ESPN
Thu, Dec 31 NoonLockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl **
Amon G. Carter Stadium, Fort Worth, Texas
ESPN
4 p.m.AutoZone Liberty Bowl
Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, Memphis
ESPN
8 p.m.Texas Bowl **
NRG Stadium, Houston
ESPN
Fri, Jan 1 NoonTicketSmarter Birmingham Bowl **
Legion Field, Birmingham, Ala.
ESPN2
12:30 p.m.Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta
ESPN
1 p.m.Vrbo Citrus Bowl
Camping World Stadium, Orlando
ABC
 5 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at The Rose Bowl Game
Rose Bowl, Pasadena, Calif.
ESPN
 8:45 p.m.College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Allstate Sugar Bowl
Mercedes-Benz Superdome, New Orleans
ESPN
Sat, Jan 2NoonTaxSlayer Gator Bowl
TIAA Bank Field, Jacksonville
ESPN
12:30 p.m.Outback Bowl
Raymond James Stadium, Tampa
ABC
 4 p.m.PlayStation Fiesta Bowl
State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Ariz.
ESPN
 8 p.m.Capital One Orange Bowl
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN
Mon, Jan 118 p.m.College Football Playoff National Championship Presented by AT&T
Hard Rock Stadium, Miami Gardens, Fla.
ESPN

All times Eastern. Subject to change.
** ESPN Events bowl games

Note: A decision regarding the Las Vegas Bowl will be announced in the near future

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ESPN To Carry World Series Coverage, Analysis On Radio, Television

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ESPN Radio will carry full coverage of the World Series as the championship battle begins tonight.

Coverage is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET. Along with airing on the radio, it will also stream online through ESPNRadio.com, the ESPN App, and Sirius XM’s Channel 80.

ESPN’s Dan Shulman will anchor the coverage for the 10th consecutive year. Jessica Mendoza will make history as she becomes the first woman to serve as an analyst during ESPN Radio’s coverage. Chris Singleton rounds out the network’s broadcast team for the coverage.

ESPN Senior MLB Insider Buster Olney will provide all of the game’s latest headlines. His reports will come remotely.

ESPN Radio’s coverage of the 2020 MLB World Series will come from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, CT as a result of COVID-19 restrictions. Pre-game coverage is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. ET with Mark Kestecher anchoring and various analysts joining him.

This year marks the 23rd consecutive season that ESPN Radio has carried coverage of the World Series.

ESPN Radio’s broadcast schedule for the 2020 MLB World Series is noted below.

2020 World Series schedule

DateGame
Tue, Oct. 20World Series Game 1
Wed, Oct. 21World Series Game 2
Fri, Oct. 23World Series Game 3
Sat, Oct. 24World Series Game 4
Sun, Oct. 25World Series Game 5* if necessary
Tue, Oct. 27World Series Game 6* if necessary
Wed, Oct. 28World Series Game 7* if necessary

Over on the television side, Baseball Tonight will preview each game of the World Series at 7 p.m. ET. The program’s broadcast schedule is noted below.

Baseball Tonight schedule

DateTime (ET)Platform
Tue, Oct. 207 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 217 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Fri, Oct. 237 p.m.ESPN2, ESPN App
Sun, Oct. 25*6 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App
Tue, Oct. 27*7 p.m.ESPN2, ESPN App
Wed, Oct. 28*7 p.m.ESPN, ESPN App

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Oklahoma, Iowa State To Headline ESPN Networks’ College Football Broadcast Schedule This Weekend

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The Big 12 will take center stage Saturday night on ABC.

The Iowa State Cyclones will host the No. 18. Oklahoma Sooners on this week’s edition of Saturday Night Football presented by Capital One.  Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, and Molly McGrath will have the call for the Samsung QLED 4K game of the week.

Each team comes into Saturday night’s Big 12 showdown with a 1-1 record overall.  By Comparison, Iowa State comes into the conference matchup with a 1-0 record while the Sooners are 0-1 in conference play.  That means Oklahoma will look to avoid dropping to 0-2 in conference play while the Cyclones will look to get above .500.

 

OKLAHOMA WEEK TWO

The visiting Sooners will come in to Saturday’s showdown on the heels of a 38-35 loss to Kansas State last Saturday.  The teams were relatively evenly matched over the course of the game.  Oklahoma outperformed Kansas St. in net rushing and passing yards, totaling 517 yards against Kansas State’s total of 400.

While the Sooners had more total yardage, Kansas St. averaged more yards per play than Oklahoma at 7.8 yards per play to Oklahoma’s 6.8 per play.  Kansas was better on fourth down efficiency at 2-2 while Oklahoma was better with third down conversions at 7-12 versus Kansas State’s total of 2-11.

Penalties were a problem for Kansas State.  The team racked up 13 penalties for a total of 108 yards while Oklahoma totaled 75 yards from 10 penalties.

Oklahoma additionally recorded three interceptions, versus none for Kansas St., certainly helping Kansas State in its win.

 

IOWA STATE WEEK TWO

Iowa State comes into Saturday’s game on the heels of a 37-34 victory over another of its Big 12 opponents, the TCU Horned Frogs in the second game of its season.  The Cyclones dominated on the ground with 212 rushing yards to TCU’s 99 while the Horned Frogs controlled the passing game, throwing for a net passing total of 400 versus 211 for Iowa State.

On a related note, Iowa State averaged a net gain of 8.3 yards per play throughout the game while TCU netted an average gain of 5.9 yards per play.  All things noted, TCU totaled more yardage throughout the game, with 499 yards while Iowa State had a total of 423, not much less than TCU.

TCU was 8-16 in third down conversion efficiency and 0-1 in fourth down conversion.  On the other side of the ball, Iowa Sate was 3-11 on third down conversion efficiency and 0-0 on fourth down conversions.

 

SATURDAY SCHEDULE

While the Big 12 will headline the ESPN networks’ Saturday’s day-long college football broadcast schedule, it is just one of the many games tapped for the networks’ weekend-long schedule.  Wake Forest will host Campbell in the weekend’s opener at 7 p.m. ET Friday on the ACC Network.  Louisiana Tech and No. 22 BYU follow at 9 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

Saturday’s schedule launches at noon ET on ABC as No. 22 BYU hosts Louisiana Tech.  That broadcast will start following ESPN’s weekly college football program College GameDay Built by The Home Depot, which will air from 9 a.m. to noon ET on ESPN.  The traveling program’s broadcast site is under consideration.

South Florida and Cincinnati are scheduled to play at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+ in a AAC conference matchup while Virginia Tech and Duke will hit the field at 4 p.m .ET on the ACC Network.

No. 1 Clemson hosts Virginia in the day’s final game.  Coverage of that game is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. ET on the ACC Network.

The ESPN networks’ full college football broadcast schedule for this weekend is noted below.

 

Date Time (ET) Matchup/Commentators Network
Fri, Oct 2 7 p.m. Campbell at Wake Forest
Mike Morgan, Eric Mac Lain, Lauren Sisler
ACC Network
9 p.m. Louisiana Tech at No. 22 BYU
Dave Flemming, Andre Ware, Stormy Buonantony
ESPN2
Sat, Oct 3 Noon Baylor at West Virginia
Bob Wischusen, Dan Orlovsky, Rocky Boiman
ABC
  South Carolina at No. 3 Florida
TV: Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Marty Smith
Radio: Sean Kelley, Barrett Jones
ESPN
  Arkansas State at Coastal Carolina
Beth Mowins, Kirk Morrison, Taylor Davis
ESPN2
  East Carolina at Georgia State
Mike Couzens, Dustin Fox
ESPNU
  Missouri at No. 21 Tennessee
Dave Neal, DJ Shockley, Dawn Davenport
SEC Network
  NC State at No. 24 Pittsburgh
Wes Durham, Roddy Jones, Eric Wood
ACC Network
  1 p.m. North Alabama at Liberty ESPN3
  3 p.m. Houston Baptist at Eastern Kentucky ESPN3
  3:30 p.m. No. 12 North Carolina at Boston College
Joe Tessitore, Greg McElroy, Paul Carcaterra
ABC
  No. 17 Oklahoma State at Kansas
Dave Pasch, Mike Golic, Sr., Quint Kessenich
ESPN
  No. 25 Memphis at SMU
Anish Shroff, Tom Luginbill, Kris Budden
ESPN2
  South Florida at No. 15 Cincinnati
David Saltzman, Keith Moreland
ESPN+
  Central Arkansas at North Dakota State ESPN+
  4 p.m. Charlotte at Florida Atlantic
Mike Corey, Jay Walker
ESPNU
  Ole Miss at Kentucky
Taylor Zarzour, Matt Stinchcomb, Taylor McGregor
SEC Network
  Virginia Tech at Duke
Chris Cotter, Mark Herzlich, Tiffany Blackmon
ACC Network
  Jacksonville State at Florida State ESPN3
  5 p.m. Western Kentucky at Middle Tennessee ESPN3
  7 p.m. Georgia Southern at Louisiana-Monroe ESPN+
  7:30 p.m. No. 18 Oklahoma at Iowa State
Sean McDonough, Todd Blackledge, Todd McShay, Molly McGrath
ABC
No. 7 Auburn at No. 4 Georgia
Chris Fowler, Kirk Herbstreit, Allison Williams
ESPN
Tulsa at No. 11 UCF
Jason Benetti, Rod Gilmore, Lericia Harris
ESPN2
No. 20 LSU at Vanderbilt
Tom Hart, Jordan Rodgers, Cole Cubelic
SEC Network
Arkansas at No. 16 Mississippi State
Roy Philpott, Kelly Stouffer, Tera Talmadge
SEC Network Alternate
8 p.m. Virginia at No. 1 Clemson
Dave O’Brien, Tim Hasselbeck, Katie George
ACC Network

 

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ESPN+ To Carry More Than 50 NHL Games In October

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ESPN is gearing up for the launch of the National Hockey League’s 2019-20 season.

The league’s season opens Thursday, and the network’s digital outlet ESPN+ will carry a total of 51 games throughout the season’s first month, starting with an opening day double header.

The Rangers will host the Jets at 7 p.m. to open the night’s coverage.  The Coyotes will visit the Ducks at 10 p.m., rounding out ESPN+’s opening night coverage.

Each night after through the weekend will also feature a double header schedule while only a handful of the network’s opening month broadcasts will be single-game telecasts.  The network’s full schedule for October is noted below.

NHL on ESPN+ Schedule

Date Time (ET) Event
Thu, Oct 3 7 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at New York Rangers
  10 p.m. Arizona Coyotes at Anaheim Ducks
Fri, Oct 4 7 p.m. Washington Capitals at New York Islanders
  10:30 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks
Sat, Oct 5 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Pittsburgh Penguins
  9 p.m. Boston Bruins at Arizona Coyotes
Sun, Oct 6 5 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Carolina Hurricanes
  7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings
Mon, Oct 7 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Columbus Blue Jackets
Tues, Oct 8 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
  10 p.m. Boston Bruins at Vegas Golden Knights
Thu, Oct 10 7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at New Jersey Devils
  8:30 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 11 7 p.m. Florida Panthers at Buffalo Sabres
  7:30 p.m. New York Islanders at Carolina Hurricanes
Sat, Oct 12 7 p.m. New Jersey Devils at Boston Bruins
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Minnesota Wild
Sun, Oct 13 10 p.m. Vegas Golden Knights at Los Angeles Kings
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at San Jose Sharks
Mon, Oct 14 1 p.m. St. Louis Blues at New York Islanders
  5 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Washington Capitals
Tue, Oct 15 9 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Calgary Flames
  10 p.m. Nashville Predators at Vegas Golden Knights
Wed, Oct 16 10 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at Anaheim Ducks
  10:30 p.m. Carolina Hurricanes at San Jose Sharks
Thu, Oct 17 7 p.m. Tampa Bay Lightning at Boston Bruins
  10 p.m. Ottawa Senators at Vegas Golden Knights
Fri, Oct 18 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Pittsburgh Penguins
  8:30 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Chicago Blackhawks
Sat, Oct 19 7 p.m. Dallas Stars at Philadelphia Flyers
  10 p.m. Calgary Flames at Los Angeles Kings
Sun, Oct 20 5 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Minnesota Wild
  7 p.m. Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets
Mon, Oct 21 7 p.m. Columbus Blue Jackets at Toronto Maple Leafs
  8 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues
Tue, Oct 22 7 p.m. Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins
  7 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Florida Panthers
Thu, Oct 24 7 p.m. Buffalo Sabres at New York Rangers
  8:30 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Chicago Blackhawks
Fri, Oct 25 6 p.m. Colorado Avalanche at Vegas Golden Knights
  10 p.m. Washington Capitals at Vancouver Canucks
Sat, Oct 26 7 p.m. Nashville Predators at Tampa Bay Lightning
  8 p.m. Pittsburgh Penguins at Dallas Stars
Sun, Oct 27 5 p.m. St. Louis Blues at Detroit Red Wings
  7 p.m. San Jose Sharks at Ottawa Senators
Mon, Oct 28 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Vancouver Canucks
Tue, Oct 29 7 p.m. Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins
  10 p.m. Winnipeg Jets at Anaheim Ducks
Wed, Oct 30 10 p.m. Florida Panthers at Colorado Avalanche
  10:30 p.m. Vancouver Canucks at Los Angeles Kings
Thu, Oct 31 10 p.m. Montreal Canadiens at Vegas Golden Knights

*Local market blackout restrictions apply to ESPN+ out-of-market games

Every team in the league will appear at least twice throughout the month.  The Las Vegas Golden Knights will make seven appearances overall and the Penguins, six.

Along with the season’s opening month schedule, ESPN+’s In The Crease will also make its return Thursday.  Linda Cohn will anchor the broadcast.  SportsCenter anchors John Buccigross and Nabil Karim will also serve as anchors for broadcasts throughout the season.  espn.com NHL writers Emily Kaplan, Greg Wyshynski and Chris Peters will provide analysis throughout the month during the program’s broadcasts.

A new episode of In The Crease will air at 10 a.m. on ESPN+ following the previous night’s games throughout the month.

More information on ESPN+’s NHL coverage is available online along with all of the latest NHL headlines at:

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