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 Hulu with Live TV. Subscribers get a regional sports networks from FOX and NBC and a robust lineup of channels including ESPN and local NBC, CBS and ABC stations.
Subscribers get 65+ live channels, 50 hours of Cloud DVR and unlimited access to Hulu’s on-demand library. That’s the same library that people pay $5.99 per month for. You can look over the channel lineup before deciding whether to sign up.
fuboTV is my runner-up pick because it carries smaller RSNs such as MSG Network, and has the most complete NHL coverage than any other streaming service.
fuboTV has 100+ channels, including key local networks like CBS, FOX and NBC for $54.99 per month. 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.
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.
Stream NHL games on ESPN+
ESPN+ will live stream dozens of NHL games this season.
In case you’re not familiar with ESPN+, it costs only $4.99 per month — less than a movie rental. And it works within your ESPN app, unlocking exclusive live sports like UFC Fight Night. There is a deep library of original shows. Looking for the latest episodes of 30 for 30? It’s on ESPN+.
So it’s worth trying out ESPN+ considering that it doesn’t cost much, and will get you a lot more than just hockey games.
Every weeknight, you can watch In the Crease, an exclusive NHL show that has comprehensive highlights and analysis by Barry Melrose. The show is hosted by Linda Cohn, best known for anchoring ESPN’s SportsCenter.
Melrose may be best known for being the head coach of the Los Angeles Kings during their run to the 1993 Stanley Cup Final.
Note: If you do sign up for ESPN+ to stream NHL games, local market blackout restrictions apply to out-of-market games.
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 100+ live channels and 30 hours of Cloud DVR for $54.99 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 $30 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. The big change to Sling TV this year is that it no longer carries FOX regional sports networks.
Sling TV offers a free weeklong trial so you can see how their service works in your region for streaming NHL games.
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 65+ channel lineup, along with local NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, TNT, TBS and CBS Sports Networks. A subscription costs $54.99 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 or whatever else you want 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 $5.99 and up per month for. So you’re essentially getting two services for the same price as many competitors. Look over the local and regional sports channels you can get with Hulu.
Watch NHL Online with AT&T TV Now
AT&T TV NOW has a huge number of RSN channels that span all over the U.S. But you’ll need to subscribe to the MAX bundle, which costs $80 per month. The Max bundle carries premium networks such as HBO and Cinemax along with local CBS, NBC and ABC stations.
ESPN, FS1 and FS2 are included along with regional sports channels. AT&T TV Now works with all major streaming devices, including Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Apple TV.
New subscribers can sign up for a free 7-day trial.
YouTube TV: Stream NHL without cable
YouTube TV carries 75+ 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 $54.99 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 $54.99 per month, you’ll get 65+ 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 $5.99 per month for. So you’re basically getting two streaming services for the same price as many competitors. You can look over what local and regional sports channels that Hulu Live carries in your area before deciding whether to sign up. The service works on Roku, Firestick, Apple TV and just about every major streaming device.
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. Head over to the main page of The Cord Cutting Report for more tips on streaming and watching your favorite TV channels.