NHL Live Stream Guide: How to Watch NHL Online without Cable
There are some new players on the scene this season to help you live stream NHL games, so you can cut the cord and not miss any of the action.
There is already some interesting predections for the 2017-18 NHL season. By some accounts, Connor McDavid has put the Edmonton Oilers into contention as one of the best teams in the NHL.
Here’s my prediction: If you follow this guide on how to live stream NHL games, you’ll likely kick your cable subscription to the curb forever. You’ll see that finding Regional Sports Networks (RSNs) are easier to come by in 2017.
By the way, the options here are completely legal, and you can even try out these live streaming services for free. Take in a few hockey games and see what you think.
Watch NHL Hockey for free with an antenna
It’s worth mentioning that you can get ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in crisp high definition if you use an antenna. Just head over the AntennaWeb, punch in your zip code and see if there are broadcast towers within 40 or so miles.
For an indoor antenna, I use a ClearStream Eclipse with an amplifier. For an outdoor antenna, the Antop 400-BV is the best that I’ve tested this year. I know, I know… you want some RSN channels. So, here’s some options for you to consider. Read my guide: How to Choose the Best Antenna & DVR for more tips.
Watch NHL Online with DirecTV NOW
DirecTV Now, which is owned by AT&T, has a huge number of RSN channels that span all over the U.S. to give subscribers local coverage. But there’s a couple of things you should know first. There are two channels that carry the majority of games – NBCSN and NHL Network.
NBCSN is available on all four channel bundles offered by DirecTV Now, but NHL Network is only available in the top two channel packages. Those cost $60 per month (for 100+ channel) or $70 per month, respectively.
RSN channels are abundant on DirecTV Now, and if you need only one, then you can probably get away with the mid-tier “Just Right” channel bundle for $50 per month. Below is a rough chart of teams, RSNs and the states that they are available in.
|STATES||Just Right/Go Big/Gotta Have It||NHL TEAM|
|PA, MD, WV||CSN Mid-Atlantic||Capitals|
|IND, WI, IL||CSN Chicago||Blackhawks|
|CA||FS San Diego||Ducks|
|WV||FS Cincinnati||Blue Jackets|
|WV||FS Ohio||Blue Jackets|
|GA, AL||FS South||Predators, Hurricanes|
|OH||FS Detroit||Red Wings|
|LA, NM||FS Southwest||Stars|
|AZ, NM||FS Arizona||Coyotes|
DirecTV Now lets you access NHL streaming options on your smartphone or through TV Everywhere apps when you are away from home.
Availability varies from zip code to zip code, so the better move is to use this RSN Channel Lookup and punch in your zip code. You can also get ESPN, and channels you might see in a cable package like AMC, TNT, Viceland, IFC and FX. A subscription will also have local channels like ABC, NBC and FOX.
DirecTV Now works on any streaming device like a Roku or Amazon Fire TV. You can try out DirecTV Now free for a week and stream some NHL games to see what you think.
Live Stream NHL Games Online or with a Roku with fuboTV
fuboTV is an up and coming streaming service that has a lot of options to live stream NHL games in 2017. That wasn’t the case last year. But thanks to some new agreements struck with local RSNs , NBCSN, and MSG Networks, there’s a lot more hockey games available on the service. Here’s a breakdown teams and the RSNs that are airing games this season.
|San Jose Sharks||NBC Sports California|
|Chicago Blackhawks||NBC Sports Chicago|
|Washington Capitals||NBC Sports Washington|
|Philadelphia Flyers||NBC SportsPhiladelphia|
|Arizona Coyotes||Fox Sports Arizona|
|Carolina Hurricanes||Fox Sports Carolinas|
|Detroit Red Wings||Fox Sports Detroit|
|Florida Panthers||Fox Sports Florida|
|St. Louis Blues||Fox Sports Midwest|
|Minnesota Wild||Fox Sports North|
|Columbus Blue Jackets||Fox Sports Ohio|
|Anaheim Ducks||Fox Sports Prime Ticket|
|Dallas Stars||Fox Sports Southwest|
|Tampa Bay Lightning||Fox Sports Sun|
|Nashville Predators||Fox Sports Tennessee|
|Los Angeles Kings||Fox Sports West|
|New Jersey Devils||MSG Network|
|New York Islanders||MSG Network|
|New York Rangers||MSG Network|
|Buffalo Sabres||MSG Network|
fuboTV has an app to live stream on just about any device, including Roku and Android TV devices.
fuboTV has a promotional offer this NHL season, where new subscribers pay only $19.99 per month for the first two months of service. That price kicks in after you check out a free 7-day trial. Read my full review of fuboTV for more details about how their live streaming platform fares compared to others.
NHL Live Stream: Watch Hockey Games live with Sling TV
You may be familiar with Sling TV, which markets itself as an a la carte style alternative to cable. If you want to watch NHL games online or your TV using a streaming device like a Roku, then a Sling TV subscription can help.
But you’ll need to subscribe to the Sling Blue channel bundle, which costs $25 per month. That subscription will get you NBCSN, and in some regions, NBC. NHL Network is available as part of the Sports Extra package, which costs an extra $10 per month.
Sling TV also offers FOX Sports networks in many areas throughout the U.S. Here’s a short list of the channels that will have NHL games this season.
FOX Sports West
FOX Sports Florida
FOX Sports South
FOX Sports Midwest
FOX Sports Arizona
FOX Sports Cincinnati
FOX Sports Detroit
FOX Sports North
FOX Sports Prime Ticket
FOX Sports San Diego
FOX Sports Southeast
FOX Sports Southwest
FOX Sports Sun
Sports Time Ohio
Sling TV offers a free weeklong trial so you can see how their service works in your region for streaming NHL games.
Your other option is to forgo the free trial and take advantage of their promotions that can get you a free Roku Streaming Stick or Winegard indoor antenna. You’ll need to prepay for two months of service to get the free hardware, which isn’t a bad deal. You can also get a discount on a Roku Premiere+ or an AirTV Player + Adapter bundle when you prepay for three months of service.
PlayStation Vue: NHL Live Stream options
PlayStation Vue offers channels like NBCSN and FOX channels in some markets. But you won’t be able to get NHL Network. The starting price for channel bundles is $40 per month. PlayStation 4 owners can also use the split screen option if they wanted to watch a NHL game and a keep an eye on two other shows at once. You can check out PlayStation Vue with a free 5-day trial.
What’s the best way get an NHL live stream?
The answer may depend on what team you want to watch, and what you’re willing to pay.
I like using DirecTV Now because you watch NHL games either at home or on the go using your smartphone. You also get to authenticate about 59 TV Everywhere apps on your streaming device. You can try out DirecTV with a free 7-day trial.
fuboTV is the least expensive option with their current $19.99 per month rate, which lasts for two months. You won’t get NHL Network, but it might be a good option if fuboTV has the RSN that you need to watch your local team. fuboTV offers a free 7-day trial before the promotional pricing kicks in.