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Oilers featured on American national TV broadcasts nine times in 2021-22

Hockey fans in the United States are going to be seeing a lot of the Edmonton Oilers this season.

Both ESPN and TNT have announced their schedules for the 2021-22 season and the Oilers will be featured nine times on national broadcasts.

The Oilers will appear on ESPN+/Hulu three times: Nov. 7 against the Buffalo Sabres, Nov. 23 against the Dallas Stars, and April 26 against the Pittsburgh Penguins. Edmonton will be on TNT a league-high six times this season: Oct. 27 against the Philadelphia Flyers, Dec. 1 against the Penguins, Dec. 22 against the L.A. Kings, Feb. 2 against the Washington Capitals, Feb. 23 against the Tampa Bay Lightning, and March 9 against the Capitals again.

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These TV deals are big for the NHL growing its product in the United States. The Turner deal, which features an aspect with HBO Max, is worth $225 million per season. The ESPN deal is worth $2.8 billion over the course of seven years.

We’ve come a very long way from the NHL getting aired in the United States on the outdoors network as a niche sport. Having Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl, the past two Hart Trophy winners, on TV this many times should be a good way to get Americans interested in the sport.