Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer and Sports Emmy Award winning broadcaster Charles Barkley will join tonight’s NHL on TNT Face Off Presented by Verizon pre-game show. Barkley, a passionate NHL fan, will help to usher in TNT’s inaugural NHL telecasts alongside “The Great One” Wayne Gretzky and fellow studio analysts Anson Carter, a10-year NHL veteran, Rick Tocchet, a three-time Stanley Cup Champion, hockey personality and former AHL & NHL veteran Paul Bissonnette, and host Liam McHugh.
Tonight’s pregame coverage will also be commercial-free, starting at 7 p.m. ET, live from the TNT’s brand-new, state-of-the-art NHL studio in Atlanta.
TNT will drop the puck on its inaugural NHL regular season of live coverage at 7:30 p.m., when the New York Rangers, led by Artemi Panarin, Mika Zibanejad and 2021 James Norris Memorial Trophy winner Adam Fox, visit the Washington Capitals and their star-studded lineup highlighted by Alex Ovechkin, John Carlson and Evgeny Kuznetsov.
Later at 10 p.m., the 2021 Presidents' Trophy winners Colorado Avalanche and Mikko Rantanen will host the Chicago Blackhawks, with the anticipated Chicago debut of 2021-22 Vezina Trophy winner Marc-Andre Fleury.
The NHL on TNT studio team will provide analysis and insights between periods during the Lexus First Intermission Report and the Discover Second Intermission Report.
Previously announced information and resources available about Turner Sports’ inaugural season of NHL hockey include:
- NHL on TNT opening week game and studio details
- “It’s Our Shift” NHL on TNT marketing campaign
- Andrew “Nasher” Telfer narrates sneak peek at new NHL on TNT studio
- Photos of the new, state-of-the-art NHL on TNT studio set
- Turner Sports’ 50-game schedule for inaugural 2021-22 NHL regular season
- NHL on TNT game and studio commentator teams
- Turner Sports multimedia rights agreement with the NHL
Live streaming coverage of all NHL on TNT games will be available via the WatchTNT app on mobile, tablet and connected TV devices and at http://www.tntdrama.com/watchtnt. Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the username and password provided by their TV service provider.
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