The NHL is ready to showcase its newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights, who will appear on national television five times this season.
Vegas will get more national airtime than 16 other NHL teams, including the Edmonton Oilers, who are led by last season’s Hart Memorial Trophy winner Connor McDavid.
All of the Golden Knights national games will be on NBC Sports Network, as just nine total NHL regular season games will air on NBC. The rest of the Golden Knights games will be carried locally by AT&T SportsNet, which is not currently available on Cox, the largest cable provider in Las Vegas.
AT&T, which owns Cox’s competitor, DirecTV, must reach a deal with Cox if Cox customers are going to be able to watch the majority of the season on television. So these five nationally televised games may be the only chance for many Golden Knights fans to see the team play without making a trip down to T-Mobile Arena.
The Golden Knights preseason schedule starts on Sunday, September 17. The regular season begins with a road trip to Dallas on Friday, October 6.
The home opener on October 10 will be televised, as Vegas takes on the Arizona Coyotes. It will be the third game of the season, as Vegas plays in Arizona the day after opening the season in the Dallas.
Despite being projected to finish near the bottom of the NHL standings, Vegas is getting a bump from the NHL for being its newest team. Colorado and Vancouver, who are also expected to be fighting to stay out of last place, were awarded just one national television appearance combined. Vegas’ five games on NBC Sports Network is a gift from the NHL.
Vegas Golden Knights National Television Schedule
- Tuesday, October 10 vs. Arizona | 7:00 p.m.
- Thursday, December 28 at Los Angeles | 7:00 p.m.
- Friday, February 2 at Minnesota | 5:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, February 27 vs. Los Angeles | 7:30 p.m.
- Thursday, March 22 at San Jose | 7:00 p.m.