Watch NHL Playoffs Live Stream Online
The NHL Playoffs are on multiple NBC networks again this year, but in 2018, there are a lot more choices to watch the games live without cable.
NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and NHL Network will be broadcasting the Stanley Cup playoffs. Live TV streaming platforms like DirecTV Now, fuboTV and Sling TV have the channels you’ll need to live stream all the games. You’re basically watching these games online and live streaming them to a device like a Roku or an iPhone or tablet.
What’s the best service to use?
fuboTV is the best deal right now specifically for the playoffs. It has all the key channels you need, and offers the first month for $19.99 before the full price of $44.99 per month kicks in. So, if you’re just signing up to watch a NFL playoffs live stream, you’re total cost breaks down to $36.65 per month. You can get that reduced first month after a free 7-day trial. You can easily cancel online if you don’t like the service.
Choosing the right lineup might come down to how much you want to spend. You should ask yourself whether you can leave out a channel – like say, NHL Network – in order to save a few bucks. NHL Network will have the fewest number of games overall, but costs the most to get. A more detailed breakdown of all your options is below along with start times, networks and a tip about the NBC Sports app.
Don’t forget, if just want to get NBC to watch a few NHL games, check to see if you can get it free by using a TV antenna. Online tools like AntennaWeb or TVfool can quickly show you whether a broadcast tower for NBC is in your area.
NHL Playoffs Schedule 2018
First Game: The Pittsburg Penguins will host the Philadelphia Flyers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Round (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).
First Round: NBCSN will be the primary home of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, offering coverage of one or two games virtually every night of the first round. NBC will present six exclusive first-round broadcasts during the weekends of April 14-15 and April 21-22, including a pair of Saturday primetime broadcasts on Saturday, April 14, and Saturday, April 21, at 8 p.m. ET. USA Network, CNBC, and NHL NETWORK will also provide live coverage in primetime, airing games on a majority of nights.
Heads up: Local blackouts for games on cable no longer apply (excluding Las Vegas and Pittsburgh), so fans in all markets will have the ability to watch or stream their team on NBC Sports’ national telecasts and digital platforms.
The Penguins are heading into the postseason on a quest to become the first team in 35 years to win three consecutive Stanley Cup championships. The Vegas Golden Knights are the obvious, all-in favorite for the Sin City. Fans of The Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators both have reason to believe their teams could be the team that prevails during the NHL playoffs.
Use DirecTV Now for NHL playoffs Live Steam with NHL Network
DirecTV Now carries all the channels you need for live streaming the NHL playoffs. To get all the most important channels for the NHL playoffs, you can subscribe to the “Just Right” channel bundle for $50 per month.
That gets you NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network. Those four networks will have most of the games.
To get the NHL Network, you’ll need to get the Go Big package, which costs $60 per month.
DirecTV Now is the best choice if you’re going to be watching the NHL Playoffs live on your iPhone, and plan not to be home when games are underway. The mobile app is one of the best around. (Just watch out for data overages if you’re not connected to WiFi.)
In addition to NBC, DirecTV Now carries has A&E, AMC, ESPN, ESPN2, FS1, HGTV and Investigation Discovery. You’ll also get a massive library of on-demand movies.
You can try out DirecTV Now with a free 7-day trial.
If you know you want DirecTV Now for at least a couple of months then consider prepaying to get a streaming device included in your subscription. Prepay for three months, and get an Apple TV included in your subscription. New customers prepaying for two months get an Amazon Fire TV.
fuboTV: Watch NHL playoffs online without cable
fuboTV will be the best option for a lot of people because of it offers NBC and NBCSN across most of the country.
It has NBC coverage in 72 percent of U.S. households. fuboTV also has 80 percent of regional sports networks such as NBC Sports (formerly Comcast SportNet) across the U.S.
Subscribers get 70+ channels, Cloud DVR and a “lookback” feature that serves as an on-demand option for games that aired in the last 72 hours.
Other key channels like USA network and CNBC are included. There’s no NHL Network, but there are plenty of other popular channels like A&E, Bravo, E!, three FX channels, Oxygen, sprout, Cozi TV and Hallmark channel. Viceland, National Geographic and Nat Geo Wild are included, too. The Premier channel bundle costs $44.99 per month, and the first month is $19.99 for new customers. So that comes to $36.65 if you stick with the service for three months.
Check out a free 7-day free trial for tonight’s game. If you don’t cancel before the free trial, then the $19.99 rate for the first month kicks in.
fuboTV has apps for Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and a mobile app for iOS and Android smartphones. fuboTV can also be watched on a PC or Mac.
Sling TV: Watch NHL playoffs live stream without cable
You will need to subscribe Sling TV’s Blue package to live stream Stanley Cup Finals without cable.
Sling TV’s Blue channel bundle gives you all the channels you need in areas where NBC is offered. The Sling Blue bundle is $25 per month. For another $5, you’ll have to add CNBC to your subscription.
Want Cloud DVR? That’s another $5 per month for 50 hours of recording space.
Check to see if NBC is in your area with Sling TV’s search tool before you press the subscribe button because it’s not offered everywhere.
Sling TV works on just about every streaming device on the market, including Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV devices and Roku. Sling TV has a free trial that lasts for a week. Planning on using Sling TV for all of the NHL playoffs?
You can get a Roku Express or a discount on another streaming device like an AirTV Player by prepaying for a brief subscription.
PlayStation Vue: Watch NHL Playoffs online
PlayStation Vue carries NBC in select regions across the U.S. but you’ll want to subscribe to the “Core” bundle to get access to regional sport networks like NBCSN.
The Core bundle has about 66 channels for $44.99 per month. Unlimited Cloud DVR is included in your subscription. PlayStation Vue has a free 5-day trial.
Youtube TV: Watch NHL Playoffs live stream
YouTube TV has only one bundle of channels and it includes NBC and regional sports channels like NBCSN. You’ll get about 50 channels for $40 per month, along with unlimited Cloud DVR.
YouTube TV has apps for Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast and Xbox One. I reviewed YouTube TV some months back and found it to be a very solid service. I still like YouTube TV despite the recent price hike of another $5 per month.
ESPN, FX and movie channels like IFC are part of the channel lineup. You can try YouTube TV free for 7-days.
Hulu with Live TV: Live Stream NHL Playoffs Online without cable
Hulu with Live TV has CNBC, local NBC stations, NBCSN and USA network – the key channels for live streaming the NHL playoffs. You’re getting about 50 channels for $40 per month, along with Cloud DVR. NHL Network is not part of its channel lineup. As part of a subscription, you will also get access to Hulu’s massive on-demand library. Hulu with Live TV supports live streaming on Roku, Apple TV and Fire TV devices. Try out Hulu with Live TV free for a week.
Can I watch NHL Playoffs using the NBCSports app?
You can also use your credentials for NBCSports.com (Local blackouts apply in Las Vegas and Pittsburgh in the first round). To use these apps without a cable subscription, you’ll want to pick a live TV streaming service with TV Everywhere access like the ones mentioned above.
What’s the best way to get a NHL playoffs live stream?
fuboTV is the best service to watch an NHL playoffs live stream. You’re getting 70+ channels, including just about every channel carrying the best hockey games between now and June.
You’ll get entertainment networks like A&E, History and Sundance TV. And you’ll have Cloud DVR and the “lookback” option for games that air when you can’t watch them live.
If you’re only getting service to watch the playoffs, then it breaks down to be a pretty inexpensive option.Since you’re getting a reduced rate of $19.99 for the first month, three months of service will cost about $36 per month if you just keep your subscription for the playoffs.
You can try fuboTV free for 7-days, and cancel if you decide the service isn’t for you.
If Sling TV has NBC in your area, then you might want to check out the Sling Blue bundle for $24 per month. You’ll have to add CNBC, but if you’re just want NBC and NBCSN, it’s a budget option to consider. Check out Sling TV’s free 7-day trial.
So, how do you plan to watch the NHL Stanley Cup Finals? Who are you rooting for this year? Share with fellow readers in the comments below.