How to stream the NHL playoffs with a VPN

Actualizado: 14 de mayo de 2021
How to stream the NHL playoffs with a VPN

How to watch the NHL Playoffs online with a VPN

Streaming the NHL playoffs is possible with a VPN, either through free services or those offering free trials. This page will help guide you to the best platforms for watching your team’s quest to win the Stanley Cup.

Watch the NHL Playoffs on free streaming services

Stream the games on CBC Gem

Channel: ‘Live TV’

CBC Gem is a free and easy way to watch a large percentage of the NHL playoffs without spending a dime. The official NHL schedule indicates the broadcasters for every game, and if CBC is among them, you can tune in to watch without signing up with your credit card.

To stream on CBC Gem:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Canada.
  3. Head to CBC Gem and sign up for a free membership. All you’ll need to provide is your name and email address.
  4. Enjoy the stream!

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

Want it on the big screen? Check out this handy guide.

Learn more about watching CBC Gem with ExpressVPN.

Stream the NHL playoffs with Locast.org

Channel: NBC

The American broadcast of the NHL playoffs is split between NBC and NBCSN. Locast is an excellent free option for the games broadcast on NBC. Check the schedule for the Peacock logo with no lettering beneath it; that indicates the game is on NBC and will be available to watch live on local TV through Locast.

To stream the playoffs with Locast:

  1. Get ExpressVPN
  2. Fire up the ExpressVPN browser extension for ChromeFirefox, or Edge
  3. Connect to a server location in the U.S. where the game is taking place
  4. Go to Locast.org and sign up.
  5. Select the market that corresponds with the server location you’re connected to.
  6. Tune in to the local NBC channel and enjoy the hockey!

Want it on the big screen? Check out this handy guide.

Learn more about watching Locast with ExpressVPN.

Watch the playoffs on NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network

Price: 10 USD/month and up

Channel: NBCSN

A number of the playoff games will be broadcast on NBCSN, CNBC, and USA Network which are best accessed through cord-cutting services. A variety of free trials are available.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in the U.S.
  3. Head to fuboTV (65 USD/month), YouTube TV (65 USD/month), Sling TV Blue (10 USD/month and up) or Hulu+Live TV (55 USD/month), and sign up. You may need to enter a valid U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 10001, 48104).
  4. Enjoy the stream!

Want it on the big screen? Check out this handy guide.

Learn more about watching fuboTV, YouTube TV, Sling TV and Hulu+Live TV with ExpressVPN.

Watch the run to the Stanley Cup Finals on NHL.TV

Price: 99.99 USD for the playoffs

Although it comes with a hefty price tag, NHL.TV grants access to every NHL game without having to toggle between different broadcasters. If this convenient one-stop-shop approach is worth the price to you, a VPN can help avoid any regional blackouts.

Here’s how:

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

Want it on the big screen? Check out this handy guide.

2021 NHL calendar

Here is a list of some of the most important 2021 NHL playoff and offseason events. Dates listed here may be subject to change.

EventDate
First game of the NHL PlayoffsMay 15, 2021
Last possible game of the Stanley Cup FinalsJuly 9, 2021
Seattle Kraken Expansion DraftJuly 21, 2021
NHL DraftJuly 23-24, 2021
Free agency beginsJuly 28, 2021

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