NHL games today: Complete TV schedule, April 1 matchups guide

NHL games today: The 2020-21 NHL season is in full swing, and things are really getting interesting as the second half of the schedule continues to unfold.

Of course, every game is a divisional matchup, and rivalries are hard-fought night in and night out. There are always marquee games on tap each evening, and the slate should make for plenty of quality hockey for fans to take in.

The slate of NHL games today is pretty hefty for a Thursday, with 18 teams hitting the ice in nine games. Naturally, because this is the National Hockey League, six of the matchups will all see the puck drop at the same time (7 PM EST).

Among the contests we’re keeping an eye on, the Pittsburgh Penguins (23-11-2) facing the Boston Bruins (18-9-5). It might come as a surprise that the Bruins (-130) are favored, but Pittsburgh goalie Tristan Jarry is out of action. In his absence, Casey DeSmith (1.91 GAA and .929 SV%) steps in between the pipes.

It’s going to be quite the 7 PM slate for potential playoff matchups. The Washington Capitals (23-8-4) face the New York Islanders (22-10-4). Both teams enter with a losing streak, but Washington has been hotter in the past two weeks. If the Islanders can secure a victory at home (13-1-2), they would pull into a tie in the East.

Let’s dive into the remaining schedule for NHL games today.

What are the NHL games today?

The NHL schedule could change at a moment’s notice because of COVID-19 concerns, but as of now, here are the NHL games today for Thursday, April 1:

Matchup:Time (EST):TV Info:
Penguins @ Bruins7 PMSN, NESN, ATTSN-PT
Rangers @ Sabres7 PMMSG-B, MSG
Capitals @ Islanders7 PMMSG+, NBCSWA
Blue Jackets @ Lightning7 PMBSSUN, BSOH
Red Wings @ Panthers7 PMBSFL, BSDET
Canadiens @ Senators7 PMTSN5, RDS, TSN2, RDS
Hurricanes @ Blackhawks8 PMNBCSN, NBCSCH
Stars @ Predators8 PMBSSO, BSSW
Wild @ Golden Knights10 PMSN, ATTSN-RM, BSN, BSWI+

NHL TV schedule: Viewing info for upcoming games

NHL games today: NHL schedule
Jan 30, 2021; New York, New York, USA; Sidney Crosby #87 of the Pittsburgh Penguins celebrates his game-winning goal along with Pierre-Olivier Joseph #73 (L) against Alexandar Georgiev #40 of the New York Rangers at 2:27 of overtime at Madison Square Garden on January 30, 2021 in New York City. The Penguins defeated the Rangers 5-4 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Bennett/POOL PHOTOS-USA TODAY Sports

Friday, April 2

Matchup:Time (EST):TV Info:
Capitals @ Devils7 PMNHL Network, TVAS, MSG+, NBCSWA
Maple Leafs @ Jets8 PMTSN3, TSN4
Flames @ Oilers9 PMSNW, SNP
Blues @ Avalanche9 PMALT, BSMW
Coyotes @ Ducks10 PMBSSC, BSW, BSAZ+
Sharks @ Kings10 PMKCOP-13, NBCSCA

Saturday, April 3

Matchup:Time (EST):TV Info:
Penguins @ Bruins1 PMNHL Network, SN360, NESN, ATTSN-PT
Red Wings @ Lightning1 PMBSSUN, BSDET+
Blackhawks @ Predators3 PMBSSO, NBCSCH
Rangers @ Sabres7 PMMSG-B, MSG 2
Stars @ Hurricanes7 PMNHL Network, BSSO, BSSW+
Blue Jackets @ Panthers7 PMBSFL, BSOH
Senators @ Canadiens7 PMCBC, SN, CITY, TVAS
Wild @ Golden Knights9 PMATTSN-RM, BSN+
Blues @ Avalanche9 PMALT, BSMW
Sharks @ Kings10 PMNHL Network, BSW, NBCSCA
Canucks @ Oilers10 PMCBC, SN, TVAS2

Sunday, April 4

Matchup:Time (EST):TV Info:
Red Wings @ Lightning12 PMNBC
Capitals @ Devils3 PMNHL Network, MSG+, NBCSWA
Blue Jackets @ Panthers5 PMSN, BSFL, BSOH
Stars @ Hurricanes7 PMNBCSN, SN360, SNE, SNO, BSSO
Coyotes @ Ducks9 PMBSSC, BSSD, BSAZ
Maple Leafs @ Flames9 PMSNW, TSN4
Canucks @ Jets9 PMTSN3, SNP