The Philadelphia Flyers will host the Vancouver Canucks on Friday over at Wells Fargo Arena in South Philly. This encounter sees two evenly matched teams with disappointing seasons look to turn their fortunes around in the 2021-22 campaign.
In the United States, the game (7 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on NBC Sports Philadelphia for those who live in the Flyers market, and it will stream live on ESPN+ for everyone out of market in the US.
Here’s a full rundown of how you can watch a live stream of the Canucks vs Flyers in the US, which your options depending on where you live:
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If the Game is in Your Market
Note: This option is for viewers in the Flyers market
You can watch a live stream of NBC Sports Philadelphia (live in local markets) and 100-plus other live TV channels (TNT not included) on FuboTV, which comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Canucks vs Flyers live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One or Series X/S, Samsung TV, LG TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.
If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch most games on-demand within three days of their conclusion, even if you don’t record them.
Note: This option is for viewers in the Flyers market
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” NBC Sports Philadelphia (live in local markets) are included in “Choice” and up.
You can sign up right here:
Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the Canucks vs Flyers live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.
If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours).
If the Game is out of Your Market
Viewers in the United States can watch every out-of-market, non-nationally televised NHL game (over 1,000 games total) on ESPN+, which replaces NHL.tv this season and is a must-have for any NHL fan:
ESPN+, which also includes about 75 exclusive national NHL games, plus dozens of other live sports, every 30-for-30 documentary in existence and additional original content (both video and written), costs $6.99 for a month or $69.99 for a year (or about seven cents per NHL game if you want to look at it that way).
If you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $13.99 per month. Separately, the three streaming services would cost a total $20.97 per month, so you’re saving about 33 percent:
Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch the Canucks vs Flyers (either team’s broadcast) live on the ESPN app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Samsung Smart TV, Oculus Go, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.
You can also watch on your computer via ESPN.com.
Canucks vs Flyers Preview
The Canucks, much like the Flyers are coming off a disappointing season and look to turn their respective fates around.
In the case of Vancouver, they want to make things right after an end of season form that saw them crash to the bottom of the table in the North Division.
Despite the team’s efforts to fortify the roster, they were unable to keep two key players after they were lost to waivers after the team signed former Florida Panthers man Juho Lammikko. Winger Zack McEwen was deemed expendable and arrived in Philadelphia on Wednesday after the Flyers claimed him off the waiver wire.
With this pickup, the Flyers gain a player with a penchant to drop the gloves, but also a liability when it comes to being a penalty killer. There is a big possibility that Vancouver do end seeing their former player on the ice once again.
The other player that is no longer with the Canucks is Zack Kassian. The former Vancouver man is now with the Edmonton Oilers, but on injured reserve as he is still under concussion protocol.
For Vancouver, a great deal of the expectations will lie on the shoulders of their first line with Nils Hoglander, Bo Horvat, and JT Miller. Between the three of them, they lead the way with a combined 47 goals and 65 assists last season.
The Flyers start this campaign with some bigger expectations if you compare them to last year’s version that only won on 25 occasions.
There will be a great need for many others to contribute on a more consistent basis offensively. The goalscoring burden did lie on the shoulders of Joel Farabee, Sean Couturier, and James van Riemsdyk. These three led the way as the trio combined for 55 goals and 67 assists last season.
The problem was not there, per se.
The defense that was amongst the worst in the NHL. The Flyers conceded 3.52 goals per game last season. This is the reason why part of the revamped defense includes players like Keith Yandle and Ryan Ellis to play alongside Ivan Provorov.