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ESPN Sets NHL Opening-Night Doubleheader Featuring Expansion Seattle Kraken; TNT Also Slates Its First Games

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ESPN will retake the ice for the first time since 2004 when it airs an NHL opening-night doubleheader in the fall. And the league’s other new TV partner, Turner Sports, also revealed its inaugural games on TNT.The league unveiled its 82-game 2021-22 regular-season schedule today (see it here), and ESPN will drop the puck on a pair of games on Tuesday, October 12: the Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning at home against the Pittsburgh Penguins, followed by the expansion Seattle Kraken‘s first-ever game, against 2017 expansion club the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas.Both games also will be simulcast on ESPN+.ESPN also will carry the Kraken’s first home game on Saturday, October 23, against its new division rival Vancouver Canucks at

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