Once again, Sharks fans will need a subscription to ESPN+ or Hulu if they want to watch their favorite team’s game with the Buffalo Sabers on Tuesday night.
Instead of being televised on NBC Sports California, as are most Sharks games, tonight’s game is the second of seven games this season to be streamed exclusively on ESPN+ and Hulu.
The game begins at 7:30 p.m. (PT) at the SAP Center. John Buccigross and former Sharks goalkeeper Brian Boucher will call the game.
A subscription to ESPN+, which is streaming more than 1,000 out-of-market NHL games this season, and other games costs $6.99 per month or $69.99 per year. New customers to Hulu who want to include live TV on their plan get a free first week, but then have to pay $64.99 per month.
Audio of Tuesday’s game can be streamed on the Sharks’ website and mobile app over a call with longtime play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowski.
Other Sharks games streamed on ESPN+ and Hulu are the November 30 road game in New Jersey, the December 28 game in Arizona, the January 11 game in Detroit, the March 15 home game versus Florida, and the March 17 game in Los Angeles. .
30 game with the Devils is the first Sharks game in which Evander Kane will be eligible to return from his 21-game suspension for breaking the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.
The Sharks’ home game with the Panthers in March will mark Joe Thornton’s first game at the SAP Center since he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs as a free agent ahead of the 2020-2021 season. Thornton signed a one-year contract with the Panthers in August.
Tuesday’s game is the third of the Sharks’ five-game homestand. They are 5-3-0 this season, including 2-1-0 at the SAP Centre. The Sabers are 5-2-1 this season and are coming off a 3-2 loss to the Los Angeles Kings on Sunday.