NHL games on TNT today: TV schedule, times for Rangers vs. Capitals, Blackhawks vs. Avalanche

The NHL begins its tenure on TNT with a double-dip of action on Wednesday night. 

But, before the games get underway, TNT will have a pregame studio show beginning at 7 p.m. with a panel that will include “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky. Also on set will be Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonette. 

While there are sure to be some fireworks from the pregame show, the first game of the night should be the equivalent of the showstopper at the end of Macy’s 4th of July show. Rangers versus Capitals. Two teams that have a strong dislike for each other. Why? In their second to last meeting, there was the whole Tom Wilson slamming Artemi Panarin down. In their last meeting, the Rangers home closer, there was a line brawl off the opening faceoff and six fights in the first five minutes.

Since then the Rangers have bulked up — i.e. Ryan Reaves, Barclay Goodrow, Sammy Blais — and hired a new bench boss in Gerard Gallant.

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On the flip side, the Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin is questionable for the game due to a lower-body injury. He skated in an optional practice on Tuesday. Washington will be without Nicklas Backstrom who was placed on long-term injured reserve as he deals with a hip injury.

The second game of the night marks the debut of Marc-Andre Fleury and Seth Jones — and the return of Jonathan Toews — for the Blackhawks. Fleury and Jones were acquired in offseason deals and Toews missed all of 2021 due to illness. 

While the game marks debuts for Chicago guys, and the return of its captain, the Avalanche will be without one of their best players. Nathan MacKinnon is out due to a positive COVID-19 test. He is asymptomatic.  

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the first games of the 2021-22 NHL season on TNT.

What channel is Rangers vs. Capitals on?

  • Date: Wed., Oct. 13
  • Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Stream: Watch TNT

Pregame coverage will begin at 7 p.m. with Liam McHugh serving as host with analysts Wayne Gretzky, Anson Carter, Rick Tocchet and Paul Bissonette. At 7:30 p.m. ET, two teams with no love lost — the Rangers and Capitals — hit the ice in the nation’s capital. Kenny Albert will do the play-by-play alongside analysts Eddie Olczyk and Keith Jones. 

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What time is Blackhawks vs. Avalanche?

  • Date: Wed., Oct. 13
  • Time: 10 p.m. ET
  • TV channel: TNT
  • Stream: Watch TNT

In the night capper, the Avalanche will host the Blackhawks at 10 p.m. ET. Play-by-play will be done by Brendan Burke with analysts Darren Pang and Jamal Mayers. 

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NHL on TNT schedule 2021

Date Matchup Time (ET)
Wed., Oct. 13 Rangers at Capitals 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 13 Blackhawks at Avalanche 10 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 20 Bruins at Flyers 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 20 Blues at Golden Knights 10 p.m.
Wed., Oct. 27 Flyers at Oilers 10 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 3 Blues at Kings 10 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 10 Wild at Coyotes 10 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 17 Blackhawks at Kraken 10 p.m.
Wed., Nov. 24 Maple Leafs at Kings 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 1 Penguins at Oilers 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 8 Stars at Golden Knights 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 15 Kraken at Ducks 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 22 Oilers at Kings 10 p.m.
Wed., Dec. 29 Stars ar Avalanche 10 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 1 Winter Classic: Blues at Wild TBD
Wed., Jan. 5 Blues at Penguins 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 5 Islanders at Canucks 10 p.m.
Wed., Jan 12 Bruins at Canadiens 7 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 12 Maple Leafs at Coyotes 10 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 19 Maple Leafs at Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 19 Avalanche at Ducks 10 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 26 Blackhawks at Red Wings 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 26 Bruins at Avalanche 10 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 2 Oilers at Capitals 7 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 2 Wild at Blackhawks 9:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 23 Oilers at Lightning 7:30 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 23 Kings at Coyotes 10 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 26 Stadium Series: Lightning at Predators 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 2 Blues at Rangers 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 2 Predators at Kraken 10 p.m.
Sun., March 6 Stars at Wild 4 p.m.
Wed., March 9 Capitals at Oilers 8 p.m.
Wed., March 9 Canadiens at Canucks 10:30 p.m.
Sun., March 13 Heritage Classic: Maple Leafs at Sabres 3 p.m.
Wed., March 16 Bruins at Wild 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 16 Lightning at Kraken 10 p.m.
Sun., March 20 Islanders at Flyers 2 p.m.
Wed., March 23 Penguins at Sabres 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 23 Blackhawks at Ducks 10 p.m.
Sun., March 27 Lightning at Islanders 2 p.m.
Wed., March 30 Rangers at Red Wings 7:30 p.m.
Wed., March 30 Golden Knights at Kraken 10 p.m.
Sun., April 3 Islanders at Devils 4 p.m.
Wed., April 6 Lightning at Capitals 7:30 p.m.
Wed., April 6 Canucks at Golden Knights 10 p.m.
Sun., April 10 Bruins at Capitals 1:30 p.m.
Sun., April 10 Predators at Penguins 4 p.m.
Wed., April 13 Rangers at Flyers 7 p.m.
Wed., April 13 Kings at Avalanche 9:30 p.m.
Sun., April 24 Penguins at Flyers 4 p.m.

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