How to stream NHL games with a VPN

Actualizado: marzo 5, 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 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.

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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

Washington Capitals vs. Boston Bruins [Mar 3, 7:00 p.m. Eastern Time (U.S)]

The Capitals and Bruins look like the class of the East division, which means each of these matchups will take on an outsized importance. Both of these teams feature aging cores, but neither the Alex OvechkinNicklas BackstromJohn Carlson trio nor the Patrice BergeronBrad MarchandDavid Pastrnak line of death are done terrorizing the league just yet.

Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Philadelphia Flyers [Mar 4, 7:00 p.m. ET]

These clubs have a geographical “Battle for Pennsylvania” rivalry, that is exacerbated by the fact they’re both currently fighting for the last playoff spot in the East. While there isn’t as much history here as there is with PenguinsCapitals, for instance, these teams’ 2012 playoff matchup was one of the most entertaining in recent memory. What makes things even more interesting is that most significant characters from that series (Claude Giroux, James van Riemsdyk, Sean Couturier on the Flyers and Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang on the Penguins) are still kicking around.

Calgary Flames vs. Edmonton Oilers [Mar 6, 10:00 p.m. ET]

The Battle of Alberta needs no introduction, and the fact it’s getting a disproportionate amount of action this year is a treat for hockey fans. After being shut out twice by the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Oilers need to go back to the drawing board, while the Flames haven’t found any consistency all season. Winning this rivalry game could go a long way towards lifting morale for either side.

Florida Panthers vs. Carolina Hurricanes [Mar 7, 5:00 p.m. ET]

Neither of these clubs tends to make too many headlines, but there’s a reason they’re both in the top 12 in terms of Stanley Cup odds. The Panthers have arguably overachieved, but the club is well coached and has some elite offensive talent. The Hurricanes, meanwhile, are strong thanks to a deep lineup without holes as opposed to a top line packed with stars. This is the sort of matchup that goes under-the-radar thanks to the markets involved, but should be compelling from a pure, on-ice perspective.

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) – Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay Lightning

Vasilevskiy came into this week on fire after two consecutive shutouts, and he’s in a strong position to take home the Vezina considering he’s in his prime and plays for a stellar team. Marc-Andre Fleury is a sentimental favorite who’s playing extremely well, but his age (36) makes him more likely to break down as the season goes on.

(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:

Tampa Bay Lightning+650
Boston Bruins+800
Colorado Avalanche+800
Toronto Maple Leafs+800
Vegas Golden Knights+800
Carolina Hurricanes+1200
Edmonton Oilers+1400
Philadelphia Flyers+1600
Minnesota Wild+1800
Montreal Canadiens+2200

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  1. Will this similarly work logging into my TV provider through the VPN? I’m located in Victoria B.C., and do not get the Toronto Maple Leafs games regularly. Will logging into a server in the east circumvent this?

  2. I’ve been unable to sign up successfully to anything in order to watch NHL – they all know I’m using a VPN and they don’t allow it.

  3. Youtube TV detects ExpressVPN. And won’t let you watch anything. Just thought I’d share that so others can pick a different option other than YouTube TV.

  4. Getting hockey using an USA Zipcode has 2 problems for Canadians.
    1/. Most Canadians do not have an USA zipcode.
    2/. If you can connect to USA, it is likely that you will not see too many Canadian games.

    1. Hi Joseph,

      To watch the games featuring Canadian teams, you can check the team’s schedule and then connect to a server location where the broadcaster is available from.

      For example, you can check the schedule for the Canucks (, then connect to a server location where a broadcaster is showing the next Canucks game. To find the USA Zipcode you need, simply Google “(location name) zip code” and you’ll be all set.

  5. Absolutely love the service of ExpressVPN. I watch hockey all season in every market with this service. Not to mention the privacy on all my devices over my network with a dd-wrt router. I switched from another provider and it was well worth it. Your staff and customer support is second to none. Thanks for a great product and service, and Go Preds!

  6. I am cutting cable ASAP. I am a little confused on how to bypass blackouts for NHL, specifically Nashville Predators. I bought Roku, and was looking at Sling tv and Fubo Tv, only to find our that the Fox Sports south feed would more than likely be blacked out. Will the express VPN solve this problem? Does the VPN work through the Roku setup? Any help or advice would be greatly appreciated!!!

  7. hello I want to cut my cable and keep . watching the boston bruins on cable. How does this work ? I am not to good with a computer . what will I need . how to hook to my tv I am getting a amazon jail broken fire stick and cutting cable , what do I need to do

    1. Hi Joseph,

      You just need to a broadcast subscription (see the guide above) and ExpressVPN. Simply fire up the VPN and log in to your broadcast subscription, you’ll be all set 🙂

  8. I will be in Florida from January 1st to the end of April in a rental accomodation. What is my best way of obtaining all Toronto Maple Leaf games while in Florida for the three months? I have my computer with me , a chromecast and there is a tv available with a HDMI connection. Their current cable subscriber is Comcast and in the past I have streamed my Netflix subscription from my computer to that tv with no visual problems. An additional bonus is that they do not have an HD subscription although they have an HD tv and the stream through my chromecast projects in HD. Would my doing this result in an additional cost to my owners cable costs?

    1. I am in Florida at the same time. I gave up trying to get the Leafs on anything but NHL Gamecentre. I get it free with my Rogers subscription. It works great here. The problem I am having is getting the Tampa Bay Lightning! They blacking a lot of those games out in the Tampa area.

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