How to stream NHL games with a VPN

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Whether you’re looking to stream NHL games for free, find the best way to watch on ESPN+, 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, big games coming up, and who looks like a good bet to win the Stanley Cup.

How to stream NHL on ESPN+ with a VPN

ESPN+ 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 at a reasonable price—as well as a number of other live sports.

Price: 7 USD/month or 70 USD/season

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

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Bypass blackouts and stream all hockey games

While ESPN+ 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.

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 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 NHL games live on CBC

Price: Free

The CBC is one of the official NHL broadcasters in Canada.It is particularly known for its ‘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!

Top upcoming NHL games

Below are some of our favorite matchups to stream in the upcoming week, all times listed are EST.

Colorado Avalanche vs. Toronto Maple Leafs – December 1, 7:30 p.m.

The Avalanche and Maple Leafs are similar teams in that their playoff success—or lack thereof— hasn’t matched the talent of their rosters in recent years. Each club has a potent attack and plays a wide-open style of hockey, which should make for an entertaining game. To make this extra spicy, former Maple Leaf and Ontario native Nazem Kadri is coming home in the midst of a career year.

Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Boston Bruins – December 4, 7:00 p.m.

Although neither the Lightning nor Bruins have started the season the way they wanted to, each remains a force to be reckoned with in the Atlantic Division. The most interesting matchup in this game will be the battle between Canadian Olympic team staples Steven Stamkos and Patrice Bergeron. While Stamkos is the most dangerous offensive threat on the ice, even at the age of 36 Bergeron is capable of erasing even the most dynamic centers with his legendary defensive acumen.

Vegas Golden Knights vs. Calgary Flames – December 5, 10:00 p.m.

This game features the Pacific Division’s deepest team and its unlikeliest contender. The Golden Knights got off to a rough start, but have been making up ground with consistent two-way play, while the Flames have been a bit of a Cinderella story in the early going, driven by a resurgent Johnny Gaudreau and Jacob Markstrom’s top-notch work between the pipes. Calgary can continue to prove it is for real with wins over quality opponents like Las Vegas.

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.

Watch NHL games live on YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month and up

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!

Note: You may need a valid U.S. credit/debit card or PayPal to subscribe to YouTube TV. You can still subscribe to YouTube TV via Google Play, even if you don’t have a U.S. credit/debit card.

Learn more about watching YouTube TV with ExpressVPN.

Live stream 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!

Note: In order to get Sling TV’s free trial you must use the Sling TV app as opposed to signing up on the website

Learn more about watching Sling 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!

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!

Learn more about watching fuboTV with ExpressVPN.

Stream NHL games on Premier Sports

Price: 11 GBP/month

Premier Sports offers 15 NHL games per week as well IIHF World Championship action.

To watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a server location in Ireland.
  3. Head to Premier Sports to sign up.
  4. You’re all set to stream!

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

NHL Awards races

Hart Trophy (MVP): Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Although Leon Draisaitl has a similar points total, nothing that’s happened early in the NHL season indicates that McDavid is ready to relinquish his crown as the game’s best player—a notion he reinforced with his absurd 1-on-4 goal on November 6. The Oilers are off to an incredible start, and he’s the most important reason why.

[Preseason prediction: Connor McDavid]

Norris Trophy (Top defenseman): Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

The winner of this award is often the player who can combine offensive production with a massive workload of shutdown minutes and Josi is checking both boxes. The 2019-2020 Norris Trophy winner simply doesn’t have a weakness in his game, and although there are some flashier defensemen out he might be the best. His struggle will be the fact he’s surrounded by teammates who tend to underachieve on offense, which could eat into his production.

[Preseason prediction: Cale Makar]

Vezina Trophy (Top goaltender): Jack Campbell, Toronto Maple Leafs

Entering the season, Campbell’s ability to be a full-time starter was questioned, which is why Toronto signed Petr Mrázek to a three-year deal. That move has looked unnecessary so far as Mrázek has been injured and Campbell has carried a massive load with aplomb. The former Los Angeles Kings backup is as steady as they come, as he’s helped keep the Maple Leafs afloat as they struggle to score at the other end.

[Preseason prediction: Connor Hellebuyck]

Calder Trophy (Top rookie): Lucas Raymond, Detroit Red Wings

Although his teammate Moritz Seider also has a strong case for this award, Raymond gets the preliminary nod for the gaudy offensive numbers he’s put up. The explosive 19-year-old is already skating on his team’s first line, and he’s filling the net with regularity.

[Preseason prediction: Cole Caufield]

Jack Adams Award (Top coach): Gerard Gallant, New York Rangers

This one will take a while to shake out, but the Rangers look like a breakout team that could shatter expectations, and that’s exactly the type of club whose coach often takes home the Jack Adams. Gallant is also a great coach in his own right. The 58-year-old has found success in multiple situations and was at the helm of the Vegas Golden Knights’ improbable run to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year.

[Preseason prediction: Barry Trotz]

Who will be the Stanley Cup winner in 2021?

The Tampa Bay Lightning loom large as favorites to three-peat considering the firepower up and down their roster, plus the stud they have between the pipes. They are far from the only stacked group, though, as there’s an argument to be made that the Colorado Avalanche have the most talented roster in the sport and the Vegas Golden Knights aren’t too far behind despite their bumpy start.

While the Western Conference is composed primarily of dark horses outside of the Avalanche and Golden Knights, there are plenty of established contenders in the East. The Boston Bruins, Washington Capitals, and Pittsburgh Penguins are all battled-hardened veteran squads that are hard to count out—though each could hit their expiry date at any minute. The Toronto Maple Leafs have been threatening to emerge as a Stanley Cup contender for years, but can’t seem to get it together in the playoffs. Another team to watch is the Carolina Hurricanes, a club that possesses an enviable group of defenseman and an offense that’s four-lines deep. The biggest question with them will be whether their top forwards can score enough to keep up with other teams’ first and second lines. So far the Florida Panthers have been the East’s most dangerous team, and they have an incredible centerpiece in two-way sensation Aleksander Barkov.

Below are what the odds looked like heading into the season according to Vegas Insider:

TeamStanley Cup Odds
Colorado Avalanche+600
Tampa Bay Lightning+700
Vegas Golden Knights+850
Boston Bruins+1200
Toronto Maple Leafs+1200
Carolina Hurricanes+2000
Pittsburgh Penguins+2000
Florida Panthers+2000
New York Islanders+2000
Minnesota Wild+2200

Key dates for the 2021-2022 NHL season

Opening NightOctober 12, 2021
First Seattle Kraken home gameOctober 23, 2021
First Stanley Cup rematchDecember 7, 2021
Winter ClassicJanuary 1, 2022
NHL All-Star GameFebruary 4-5, 2022
Olympic BreakFebruary 7-22, 2022
End of Regular SeasonApril 29, 2022

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