How to watch the NHL Stadium Series: Capitals vs Hurricanes

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While the NHL Winter Classic is definitely the NHL's marquee outdoor event of the season, the league double dips on fans' love of outdoor games with the NHL Stadium Series. In an extra bit of fun, the 2023 Stadium Series game is going to take place in a brand new location.

The Stadium Series began in 2014 and has seen games played in the confines of Yankees and Dodgers Stadium, on the Air Force and Navy military academy campuses and a number of football stadiums. But, for the first time, the 2023 edition is heading to North Carolina and features a matchup between the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes.

We've got everything you need to know about how to watch the 2023 NHL Stadium Series game between the Capitals and Hurricanes, as well as other key bits of info for the event. Check it all out below.

How to watch 2023 NHL Stadium Series in US

The 2023 NHL Stadium Series is airing on ABC on Saturday, February 18, at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT. Anyone with a traditional pay-TV subscription can tune in to ABC on their TV with no extra fuss. It’s the same if you are a subscriber to a live TV streaming service that carries ABC, which includes FuboTV, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.

However, those who have cut the cord on pay-TV can also stream the NHL Stadium Series if they sign up for ESPN Plus. The streaming service is going to simulcast the ABC broadcast for all subscribers, while also offering an alternate presentation, "All-12," which provides an aerial view of the ice so that viewers can see all 12 players (the 10 skaters and two goalies). ESPN Plus is available as a standalone service, or is available through the Disney Plus bundle and as a feature on Hulu with Live TV.

Find out more about how to watch the NHL on ESPN and its sister networks.

How to watch 2023 NHL Stadium Series in Canada

Canada is airing the 2023 NHL Stadium Series game live on TV on SportsNet, as well as streaming on SN Now.

2023 NHL Stadium Series FAQs

Who is playing in the 2023 NHL Stadium Series?

The 2023 NHL Stadium Series game is between Metropolitan Division rivals the Washington Capitals and the Carolina Hurricanes. The Hurricanes are the top team in the Metro and the second-best team in the Eastern Conference in terms of points, trailing only the Boston Bruins. The Capitals, meanwhile, are looking to stay in good shape for the Wild Card as the postseason race heats up.

As far as players, Sebastian Aho leads the way for the Hurricanes. For the Capitals, their star player, Alexander Ovechkin, is likely out for this game following the death of his father.

Where is the 2023 NHL Stadium Series?

We mentioned that the NHL is hosting its first outdoor game in North Carolina already, but the specific location for this year's Stadium Series game is NC State's Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh, N.C., which is actually just literal steps away from the PNC Arena, where the Hurricanes play their normal home games. Though the crowd size is quite different, as Carter-Finley Stadium can hold more than 57,500 fans, almost 40,000 more than PNC. 

What time is the 2023 NHL Stadium Series?

Coverage for the 2023 NHL Stadium Series between the Capitals and Hurricanes starts at 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Saturday, February 18.

2023 NHL Stadium Series jerseys

Here are looks at the 2023 NHL Stadium Series jerseys for the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. 

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Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.