How To Watch NHL Games Online without Cable
This guide will show you how to stream NHL games on a Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and even your iPhone or gaming console.
There are a number of streaming services out there with regional sports networks, including NBC Sports, FOX Sports and MSG Network. So forget about shelling out a bunch of money to Comcast or Spectrum.
My top pick this year is fuboTV because they have most complete NHL coverage through RSNs than any other streaming service.
fuboTV has 80+ channels, including key local networks like CBS, FOX and NBC. You can look over the local channel lineup before trying out the service free for a week. There are no contracts or hidden fees like cable TV.
Sling TV is my budget pick to stream NHL games. The Sling Blue bundle costs $25 per month and hasabout 15 regional FOX Sports networks across the U.S. fuboTV and Sling TV has apps for just about every device out there, including Roku, Android TV, Fire TV, Apple TV. You can also watch games on a PC or an iPhone and Android smartphone.
Let’s dive into more detail about all the services that cord cutters use to watch NHL games free or for a fraction of the cost without cable.
Watch NHL Hockey FREE with an TV antenna
You can watch a number of NHL games for free on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC in crisp high definition by using a TV 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. Read my guides: How to Choose the Best Antenna & DVR and the Best Indoor TV Antennas for more tips.
fuboTV: How to Watch NHL Without Cable
fuboTV is going to be the best streaming service for most people because of its widespread coverage of regional sports networks and locals. For many, NBCSN and FOX Sports will be important. But fuboTV also has smaller RSNs like MSG Networks and NESN for Boston Bruins games. fuboTV has 80+ live channels and 30 hours of Cloud DVR for $44.99 per month. 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 Sports Philadelphia|
|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 NHL games on Roku and Android TV devices. If you miss a game, no worries. fuboTV has a “look back” feature that has all sporting events that aired within the last 72 hours.
fuboTV has a free 7-day trial. If you keep fuboTV past the free trial, you’ll get $10 off your first month. Read my full review of fuboTV for more details about how their live streaming platform fares compared to others.
Stream NHL 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.
Can I watch NHL on Hulu?
Hulu with Live TV has the most live local channels than any other live streaming service.
NBCSN, and FOX Sports networks are included in the 60+ channel lineup, along with local NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, TNT, TBS and CBS Sports Networks. Subscribers get 60+ channels and 50 hours of Cloud DVR for $40 per month.
CNN, ESPN, FS1, FS1, HGTV, FX, National Geographic, SyFy and USA are also part of the Hulu channel lineup. You can stream NHL games on up to two devices at once.
Hulu works on pretty much every streaming device, including Roku, Fire TV and even Android smartphones and iPhones. Subscribers can sign in to about 35 apps.
Subscribers to Hulu’s Live TV bundle also get unlimited access to the on-demand service that people pay $7.99 and up per month for. So you’re essentially getting two services for the same price as many competitors. Look over the local channels you can get with Hulu. There is a free 7-day trial for new customers.
PlayStation Vue: Live Stream NHL games without cable
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.
Watch NHL Online with DirecTV Now
DirecTV NOW is owned by AT&T, has a huge number of RSN channels that span all over the U.S. to give subscribers local coverage. DirecTV Now offers a free 7-day trial.
YouTube TV: Stream NHL without cable
YouTube TV carries 50+ channels including NBCSN, and FOX Sports channels along with local ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX stations. NESN is here for Boston Bruins fans living in the New England area. YouTube TV offers a free 7-day trial and works on Roku, smartphones, Apple TV and Android TV devices. It doesn’t work on Fire TV devices or Firestick.
What’s the best way to watch NHL Online?
There are a lot of options out there to stream NHL games without a cable subscription, so let’s do a quick recap and narrow your choices.
- fuboTV has the most widespread coverage when it comes to regional sports networks, including hard to get networks like NESN for Boston Bruins games, and MSG Network for New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers and Buffalo Sabres. fuboTV works on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, PCs, Android TV, iPhones, tablets and smart phones. You’ll get 30 hours of Cloud DVR and 80+ live channels. A subscription is $44.99 per month. You can look over what local channels and regional sports channels are in your area. fuboTV has a free 7-day trial. If you decide to keep the service past the trial, you’ll get $10 off your first month.
- Hulu with Live TV offers widespread coverage of RSNs like NBCSN and FOX Sports. Subscribers also get local ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations. For $40 per month, you’ll get 60+ live channels and 50 hours of Cloud DVR. You also get unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library, including Hulu Originals that people usually pay $7.99 per month for. So you’re basically getting two streaming services for the same price as many competitors. Hulu’s Live TV service has a free 7-day trial and you can look over its channel lineup. The service works on Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and just about every major streaming device.
- Sling TV is a great budget option to stream NHL games. The Sling Blue package is $25 per month, and delivers 40 channels including local FOX, NBC, NBCSN and FOX Sports networks in many parts of the U.S. Sling TV works on Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, Android TV. And there are apps for iPhone and Android smartphones. Sling TV offers a free 7 day trial.
So now that I’ve broken down all the ways to stream NHL games online, tell fellow cord cutters what service you’re going to use in the comments below.