NEW YORK - The National Hockey League (NHL) and its international broadcast partners will deliver games live* in primetime on weekends throughout the 2018-19 season to hockey fans in 24 countries and territories across Europe. "NHL European Game of the Week" will debut with the 2018 NHL Global Series regular-season game between the New Jersey Devils and Edmonton Oilers in Gothenburg, Sweden set for Saturday, Oct. 6.
"For the first time ever, the NHL European Game of the Week creates a destination viewing experience for loyal NHL fans across Europe," said NHL Executive Vice President of Media & International Strategy David Proper. "With the cooperation of our Member Clubs, we were able to increase the number of games played in European primetime, providing a great opportunity for our international broadcast partners to carry nearly 50 Saturday and Sunday matchups this season."
Saturday's Devils-Oilers game at Scandinavium in Gothenburg will feature Sweden natives Marcus Johansson and Eddie Lack of the Devils and Oilers defensemen Oscar Klefbom and Adam Larsson. Live coverage of the game via TV3 and Viaplay - Nordic Entertainment Group's streaming platform - will be delivered to fans in Sweden starting at 6 p.m. CET with a pregame show.
Fans throughout Europe will be able to watch the Oilers and Devils open their season live in primetime via their local NHL broadcast partner. NHL Network, MSG+ and Sportsnet will carry the game live in North America at 1 p.m. ET.
The "NHL European Game of the Week" will continue on Saturday, October 13 with international broadcast partners carrying Vegas Golden Knights-Philadelphia Flyers or Edmonton Oilers-New York Rangers. The full broadcast schedule is available at NHL.com/EGOTW. In addition to the "NHL European Game of the Week," the NHL will continue to super serve fans worldwide with game summaries, video highlights, player interviews, and feature stories via its Czech, Finnish, French, German, Russian, Slovak and Swedish language complements to NHL.com.
*Check local listings