The NHL begins its tenure on TNT with a double dip of action Wednesday night.
But, before the games start, TNT will host a pre-game studio show starting at 7pm with a panel that will include “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky. Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonette will also be on the set.
While there are certainly fireworks from the pre-game show, the first game of the night should be the equivalent of the show at the end of Macy’s July 4th show. Rangers vs. Capitals. Two teams who have a strong aversion to each other. Why? During their penultimate meeting, there was all of Tom Wilson who slammed Artemi Panarin. In their last meeting, with the Rangers closing in on home, there was an online brawl in the opening face-off and six fights in the first five minutes.
Since then, the Rangers have grown stronger – meaning Ryan Reaves, Barclay Goodrow, Sammy Blais – and have hired a new bench chief in Gerard Gallant.
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On the other hand, Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is questionable for the game due to a lower body injury. He skated in optional practice Tuesday. Washington will be without Nicklas Backstrom, who was placed on the long-term injured list after suffering a hip injury.
Game 2 of the night marks the debut of Marc-André Fleury and Seth Jones – and the return of Jonathan Toews – for the Blackhawks. Fleury and Jones were acquired as part of offseason offers and Toews missed everything in 2021 due to illness.
As the game marks the debut for the Chicago boys and the return of their captain, the Avalanche will be deprived of one of their best players. Nathan MacKinnon is absent due to a positive COVID-19 test. It is asymptomatic.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch the first games of the 2021-22 NHL season on TNT.
Which channel Rangers vs. Capitals airing?
- Dated: Wed 13 Oct
- Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
- TV channel: TNT
- Flux: Watch TNT
Pre-game coverage will begin at 7 p.m. with Liam McHugh as host along with analysts Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonette. At 7:30 p.m. ET, two teams without lost love – the Rangers and the Capitals – hit the ice in the nation’s capital. Kenny Albert will play the play-by-play alongside analysts Eddie Olczyk and Keith Jones.
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What time is the Blackhawks vs. Avalanche?
- Dated: Wed 13 Oct
- Time: 10 p.m. ET
- TV channel: TNT
- Flux: Watch TNT
In the evening, the Avalanche will welcome the Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET. The play-by-play will be performed by Brendan Burke with analysts Darren Pang and Jamal Mayers.
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The NHL on the TNT 2021 schedule
|Wed 13 Oct||Rangers in capitals||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed 13 Oct||Avalanche Blackhawks||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed 20 Oct||Bruins to Flyers||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed 20 Oct||Blues at the Golden Knights||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed Oct 27||Flyers at Oilers||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed Nov 3||The Blues at the Kings||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed Nov 10||Wild in Coyotes||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday November 17th||Blackhawks at the Kraken||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed Nov 24||Maple leaves at Kings||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday December 1||Penguins at Oilers||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday December 8||Stars at Golden Knights||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday December 15||Kraken in ducks||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday 22 December||Oilers at Kings||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday, December 29||Stars and avalanches||10:00 p.m.|
|Sat Jan 1||Winter Classic: Blues at Wild||To be determined|
|Wednesday January 5||Blues aux Pengouins||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday January 5||Canucks Islanders||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed Jan 12||Canadian Bruins||7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday January 12||Maple leaves among coyotes||10:00 p.m.|
|Wed January 19||Maple Leafs with the Rangers||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed January 19||Duck Avalanche||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday January 26||Blackhawks at Red Wings||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday January 26||Avalanche drizzle||10:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday February 2||Oilers in capitals||7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday February 2||Savage to the Blackhawks||9:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 23 February||Lightning Oilers||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 23 February||Kings among coyotes||10:00 p.m.|
|Sat 26 Feb||Stadium Series: Lightning on predators||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed 2 March||Blues in the Rangers||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed 2 March||Predators at the Kraken||10:00 p.m.|
|Sun March 6||Stars in the wild||4:00 p.m.|
|Wed 9 March||Capitals among the Oilers||8 p.m.|
|Wed 9 March||Canadiens vs. Canucks||10:30 p.m.|
|Sun March 13||Heritage Classic: Maple Leafs to Sabers||3:00 p.m.|
|Wed March 16||Bruins to Wild||7:30 p.m.|
|Wed March 16||Lightning at the Kraken||10:00 p.m.|
|Sun March 20||Islanders at Flyers||2:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday 23 March||Penguins with sabers||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 23 March||Blackhawks at Ducks||10:00 p.m.|
|Sun March 27||Lightning among the islanders||2:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday March 30||Rangers at Red Wings||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday March 30||Golden Knights at the Kraken||10:00 p.m.|
|Sun April 3||Islanders in Devils||4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday 6 April||Lightning in capitals||7:30 p.m.|
|Wednesday 6 April||Canucks at Golden Knights||10:00 p.m.|
|Sun April 10||Bruins to capitals||1:30 p.m.|
|Sun April 10||Predators in penguins||4:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday April 13||Rangers at Flyers||7:00 p.m.|
|Wednesday April 13||Kings in the avalanche||9:30 p.m.|
|Sun April 24||Penguins in Flyers||4:00 p.m.|