How to watch the NHL Final on the NHL website
The NHL announced Tuesday it will begin broadcasting the first of its annual NHL Final series on Wednesday, the first in a new national format that will also include national pre- and post-game coverage on ESPN and NBC.
The series, which will be played on Wednesday at 8 p.m.
ET, will be a live-streamed version of the Stanley Cup Final between the New York Rangers and Pittsburgh Penguins.
The two teams will face off in the Stanley Hockey Classic at Barclays Center.
It will be the first time that a hockey game is being broadcast nationally on a national television network in over 20 years, and it will be broadcast exclusively on NBC Sports.
It will be streamed on the NBC Sports GO app.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the decision in a post on Twitter.
“The NHL is thrilled to partner with ESPN to provide the first-ever NHL Final broadcast in a national format.
We are also thrilled to launch the NHL GameCenter LIVE app, which allows fans to stream the game, find more information and watch live on demand on any computer, smartphone or tablet.
The NHL will be broadcasting its Stanley Cup Finals from Barclays Center in New York,” Bettman said.
“It’s been a privilege to work with NBC Sports to bring this event to fans around the world.
We look forward to the first live game on NBC in 2021.”
The Stanley Cup final will be one of the biggest sports events in the world and is played on ice at the iconic New York City subway station.
The game will be televised by NBC on Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p..m ET and will air on NBCSN.
It is the first NHL Final since 2002, when the Philadelphia Flyers and Chicago Blackhawks squared off in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
The Stanley Cup Playoffs will continue with the New Jersey Devils facing the Columbus Blue Jackets in Game 2 of the second round on Saturday, Dec 16.
The Stanley Trophy, which is awarded annually to the player who wins the most Stanley Cups in the NHL, was given to the Flyers captain, Wayne Gretzky.
It was named after Gretzkys late mother, Gretz, who was awarded the trophy after Gretza died in a car accident in 1980.
The final will mark the 40th time a player has won the award.
The Penguins won the Stanley Cups five times, the Flyers three, the Islanders three and the Rangers two.
The Rangers, who defeated the Flyers in seven games in the 2016 Eastern Conference Finals, have won seven of the past eight Stanley Cups.