How to stream NHL games with a VPN

Aktualisiert: Februar 24, 2021
How to stream NHL games with a VPN

Whether you’re looking to stream NHL games for free, find the best way to watch on NHL.tv without blackouts, or test cord-cutting services that include NHL action, you’ve come to the right place.

On this page, you can find information on how to watch the league you love as well as big games coming up, and who looks like a good bet to win the Stanley Cup.

Stream NHL games free with this Canadian option

If you want to tune in for free NHL action, there’s one option that stands above the rest and that’s the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). While it doesn’t have the largest slate of games, the CBC tends to feature some of the best matchups, and their offerings increase during the playoffs.

Stream 2020 NHL games live on the CBC

Price: Free

The CBC is one of the official NHL broadcasters in Canada.It is particularly known for it’s ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ slate on Saturday nights. Be sure to check with the CBC’s schedule to know when to tune in. Signing up is painless.

To watch the NHL streams live on the CBC:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Canada.
  3. Go to CBC Gem and sign up. (You may need to enter a valid Canadian postal code, e.g., R3T 4A7, V1M 1Y8.)
  4. You’re all set!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the CBC Gem app on your Android or iOS device.

How to stream NHL.TV with a VPN

NHL TV is your go-to source for watching the NHL no matter where you are, on any device. That’s because it’s the most comprehensive option available, offering each and every NHL game.

Price: 79.99 USD/season or 24.99 USD/month

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location where games ARE NOT being aired (this way you can avoid blackouts).
  3. Visit NHL TV and sign up.
  4. Stream without any blackouts!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Bypass NHL.TV blackouts and stream all hockey games

While NHL.TV is great for watching live games, but you’ll still need to worry about blackouts. That’s because regional markets have sole broadcasting rights, so some games may not be available online in your area until 48 hours after a game is televised. This is also true of nationally-broadcast games.

The secret to avoiding NHL blackouts? Just connect to a VPN server location where games are not being aired. If you’re in Chicago, for example, and Chicago games are being broadcast on TV, they might not be available for live streaming. Connect to a VPN server location in another city. If you want to tune into a nationally-broadcast game, try another country.

Another way to beat NHL blackouts? Try the stream options from Hulu+Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV. There may be unblocked games available.

Stream NHL games using services with free trials

There are a number of streaming services, such as Sling TV and YouTube TV, that will help you get your hockey fix. While they are on the pricier end, the upside is that they offer free trials. This helps you safely and securely test the service risk-free to see if it works for you.

Live stream 2020 NHL games on Sling TV

Price: 25 USD/month and up

Channels: NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, and NHL Network (use the “Sports Extra” add-on for an extra 10 USD/month to get the NHL Network)

Sling TV is the cheapest and best option for catching NHL games live. You may need a U.S. credit card or PayPal to subscribe. A three-day free trial is available.

To watch NHL games on Sling TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as San Francisco. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Sign up at Sling TV. If you’re watching through a web browser, use the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  4. Tune in to the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Sling TV app on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching Sling TV with ExpressVPN.

Watch NHL games live on YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC

YouTube TV includes all the channels you need to watch the NHL. A five-day free trial is available.

To watch NHL  games on YouTube TV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Visit YouTube TV and sign up. If you’re watching through a web browser, use the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  4. You’re all set!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the YouTube TV app on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about watching YouTube TV with ExpressVPN.

Stream live NHL games on Hulu + Live TV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC

Hulu’s live TV package includes seven channels for secure NHL streams. There’s a seven-day free trial available. Note that some locally televised games may not be available.

To watch NHL games on Hulu + Live TV.

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Visit Hulu and use the free trial.
  4. Enjoy the games!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the Hulu app on your Android or iOS device.

Learn more about connecting to Hulu with ExpressVPN.

How to watch NHL games live on fuboTV

Price: 65 USD/month

Channels: NBC, NBCSN, and CNBC

Don’t have cable? Use fuboTV and get a seven-day free trial!

To watch live NHL games on fuboTV:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the United States, such as Chicago. For assistance, contact ExpressVPN Support via live chat.
  3. Visit fuboTV and sign up. If you’re watching through a web browser, use the ExpressVPN browser extension.
  4. You’re all set!

Watching on a computer? For the best streaming experience, use the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge.

Watching on mobile? Fire up the fuboTV app on Android and iOS.

Learn more about watching fuboTV with ExpressVPN.

Top NHL games this week

Dallas Stars vs. Florida Panthers [Feb 24, 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S)]

No team has been as surprising as the Panthers this season, as they are taking the Central Division by storm. They don’t look like a fluke either, thanks to extraordinary possession stats and Chris Driedger’s emergence in goal. The defending Stanley Cup finalist Stars are struggling badly, but their talent level indicates they’re no pushovers.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals [Feb 25, 7:00 p.m. ET]

The major playoff implications of this game add to the existing classic rivalry between these two teams. With the Boston Bruins looking like the class of the East, and the Philadelphia Flyers and New York Islanders getting off to solid starts, one of these traditional powerhouses could miss out on postseason hockey—something that hasn’t happened for either team since 2006-07.

Toronto Maple Leafs vs. Edmonton Oilers [Feb 27, 7:00 p.m. ET]

This matchup looked like a fun offensive showcase coming into the season, but it’s gaining steam for a couple of reasons. The first is that these two teams sit atop the North Division. The second is that Auston Matthews and Connor McDavid are the two clear frontrunners for the Hart Trophy, and have been putting on a show every night.

New York Islanders vs. Pittsburgh Penguins [Feb 28, 5:00 p.m. ET]

The Islanders play a tight-checking brand of hockey that isn’t for everyone, but games between these two teams have been outstanding this year, with three of the four contests decided by a single goal. Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot in the crowded East and every game between the Islanders, Penguins, Capitals and Flyers will take on heightened importance.

NHL Award Races

Hart Trophy (MVP) – Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Despite Auston Matthews‘ prolific goal-scoring, McDavid has been the most dynamic player in the league in the early going, racking up both points and highlight reel plays. It seems like the Oilers center is making more of an effort to get his shot off and create offense for himself which could lead to a career high in goals—or at least goals-per-game in this shortened season.

(Preseason prediction: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche)

Calder Trophy (Rookie of the Year) – Kevin Lankinen, Chicago Blackhawks

Lankinen is a feel-good story and another example of how difficult it is to evaluate goaltending. Last season, the 25-year-old was toiling away for the Rockford IceHogs of  the AHL, putting up pedestrian numbers that didn’t suggest he had an NHL future. In 2021, so far, he’s stood on his head for the Blackhawks, keeping an unimpressive group in every game he starts.

(Preseason prediction: Alexis Lafrenière, New York Rangers)

Vezina Trophy (Top Goalie) – Marc-Andre Fleury, Vegas Golden Knights

Fleury has never won this award in his storied 17-year NHL career, but he’s making a heck of a case this season. Although his workload isn’t as heavy as some of his peers, on a per-game basis nobody has been nearly as effective. Playing behind a strong Golden Knights team, Fleury will also have the opportunity to rack up wins to pad his Vezina bid.

(Preseason prediction: Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning)

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman) – Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

The reigning Conn Smythe Trophy winner has come in the top three for this award four consecutive seasons, including a win in 2017-18. He’s starting to look like the top dog again this season thanks to his all-around contribution to an excellent Lightning team. Not only does Hedman contribute offensively, he also logs massive minutes against tough competition. He might be the most indispensable player on the league’s best team.

(Preseason prediction: Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche)

Jack Adams Trophy (Coach of the Year) – Joel Quenneville, Florida Panthers

Quenneville is a future Hall of Famer who has won this award once before (1999-2000) and brought home three Stanley Cup wins. He could be adding to his trophy case this season considering how well the Panthers—a team with middle-of-the-pack talent on paper—are playing. He should be the Jack Adams frontrunner if he can drive this group to its first consecutive playoff berths since the mid-90s.

(Preseason prediction: Rod Brind’Amour, Carolina Hurricanes)

Who will be the Stanley Cup winner in 2021?

The Tampa Bay Lightning are an easy team to like for a Stanley Cup repeat considering they combine elite forward talent with the league’s most dynamic goaltender in Andrei Vasilevskiy. Nipping at their heels will be the Vegas Golden Knights, who added Alex Pietrangelo to an already-stacked roster, and the Colorado Avalanche, whose core of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, and Cale Makar is as dangerous as they come. Add in their underrated defensemen, and there’s a reason they’re considered the favorites by bookmakers.

Outside of those three are a jumble of teams that could be in the mix. The Boston Bruins’ first line alone makes them dangerous in the playoffs, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins are battle-tested; and it’s easy to forget the Philadelphia Flyers earned the Eastern Conference’s top seed last season. Even the Toronto Maple Leafs have a chance to break their 53-year title drought thanks to an improved defense corps and a more balanced lineup. The NHL is always one of the most difficult leagues to project, and doesn’t seem likely to change this year.

What are the NHL odds for the season?

The odds are consistently moving as the NHL season progresses, but Vegas Insider provides a tracker of what you’ll see at various sportsbooks. Here’s how the odds look this week for the favorites to win the Stanley Cup:

TeamOdds
Colorado Avalanche+650
Vegas Golden Knights+800
Tampa Bay Lightning+800
Boston Bruins+850
Toronto Maple Leafs+900
Carolina Hurricanes+1200
Montreal Canadiens+1400
Philadelphia Flyers+1800
St. Louis Blues+2000
Edmonton Oilers+2000
Florida Panthers+2200
New York Islanders+2500

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