Live stream 2023-24 NHL Games online with a VPN

Updated: February 26, 2024

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How to watch 2023-24 NHL games with a VPN

From the preseason through the Stanley Cup Finals, you can stream every 2023-24 NHL game with ExpressVPN by following just a few simple steps:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to the server location that matches the broadcaster you want to watch. For example, Canadian fans can connect to a Toronto server to watch the free CBC stream securely in Canada.
  3. Check the schedule of the broadcaster you want to watch, such as CBC, and find the match you want to stream.
  4. Enjoy the hockey!

Can I use a VPN to watch NHL games from another country?

Some users watch NHL games by connecting to a VPN server in a country other than their own, but doing so may violate copyright or the streaming service’s terms of use. ExpressVPN is a privacy and security tool, and using it to circumvent copyright is against our Terms of Service. We cannot see or control what you do while connected to our VPN, so you are responsible for ensuring that your use complies with all relevant terms and laws.

Should I use a free VPN to watch NHL games?

Rather than use a free VPN to watch NHL games, hockey fans should instead use ExpressVPN all season long. ExpressVPN offers high-speed servers in 105 countries and easy-to-use apps for Windows, Mac, Android, and iOS. Additionally, ExpressVPN is available on platforms that other VPN companies may not support, like Linux, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and routers, plus browser extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Edge. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

Best VPN for watching NHL games in 2024

ExpressVPN is the best VPN for safely and securely streaming NHL games in 2024. With next-gen 10-Gbps servers in locations around the world, you can enjoy the full privacy protections of a VPN without ever missing a second of the action. ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for WindowsMacAndroid, and iOS, not to mention a range of ways to stream on your big-screen TV. If you need help along the way, ExpressVPN offers 24/7 live chat support and a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee!

Live stream 2023-24 NHL games for free

CBC

CBC is one of the official NHL broadcasters in Canada. Signing up is painless, although you may need a valid Canadian postal code (e.g., R3T 4A7, V1M 1Y8.) to connect to CBC Gem. Note that Canadian viewers should also be able to watch the 2024 All-Star Game live on CBC.

Ran.de

The German free-to-air channel ProSieben and its sports streaming platform, Ran.de, will also air select NHL games, starting with a weekly Sunday match. German fans can always check the Ran.de hockey page for specific games and timings.

What are NHL TV blackouts?

NHL TV blackouts are geo-restrictions that prevent users from watching certain games in certain regions. Each NHL team has a number of regional games that are exclusively sold to regional broadcasters. For example, games involving the Bruins are blacked out in the Boston TV market; fans can watch on NESN, but they cannot watch a simulcast on ESPN+ or NHL.tv. 

As a result, if you live in a region where a game is being broadcast by a regional broadcaster, you will not be able to watch that game on NHL.tv or the NHL Network. This is true even if you have an NHL.tv subscription. 

Why are NHL games blacked out?

NHL games are blacked out for a number of reasons, including regional broadcasting rights, local television contracts, and cable and satellite distribution agreements. Does VPN work for NHL TV? Yes, you can watch NHL TV with a VPN.

How to watch 2023-24 NHL games with a VPN

NHL.tv, ESPN+, and Hulu+Live TV are all among the best ways to watch NHL games this season. Learn more about the services below.

ESPN+

Price: 25 USD/month

For Americans, ESPN+ is the go-to source for watching the NHL anywhere, on any device. Keep in mind that games broadcast on local television in a particular region may be blacked out on ESPN+, as are some games shown nationally. So if you’re on the road and your game is blacked out when it shouldn’t be, make sure you’ve selected a server location outside the affected region. 

Hulu + Live TV

Price: 77 USD/month

Channels: ABC, ESPN, TBS, TNT

Hulu does not offer a free trial, but it does have a live TV package for American fans that includes all the main channels for secure NHL streams as well as many regional sports networks. Hulu and ESPN+ will also have exclusive NHL games this season.

Sling TV

Price: Varies

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NHL Network (Sports Extra) TBS, TNT

Sling TV provides U.S. viewers with access to most channels airing NHL games, and ABC is also available in select markets. Please note that Sling no longer offers a free trial.

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

NHL.TV

Price: Varies

Country: International

NHL.tv allows fans in most regions outside of the United States and Canada to live stream every game on multiple devices. The NHL.tv price varies depending on your country. For example, hockey fans in the United Kingdom need to pay roughly 15 GBP (roughly 19 USD) per month. The NHL’s official website has a complete list of countries where NHL.tv is available. 

Want it on the big screen? Learn about all the ways to get ExpressVPN on your TV.

Why is my VPN not working with NHL.tv or ESPN+?

ExpressVPN’s advanced server network is optimized for compatibility with both ESPN+ and NHL.tv, and most users can stream without any issues. But if you should ever encounter a problem, our dedicated Support Team is available by live chat 24/7 to help you overcome any obstacles in trying to watch your favorite hockey team. And all ExpressVPN plans are covered by a risk-free 30-day money-back guarantee.

Watch NHL games using services with free trials

YouTube TV

Price: 73 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, TNT, TBS

Country: U.S.

YouTube TV offers Americans a variety of channels that carry NHL games, and the subscription costs 73 USD/month. You may need to submit a U.S. ZIP code (e.g., 10022, 48104, etc.), but it accepts a wide array of payment options. If you don’t feel like committing to YouTube TV, use the free trial.

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.

Fubo

Price: 75 USD/month (base package; price increases to watch NHL games)

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NHL Network

Country: U.S.

Although Fubo offers a seven-day free trial, it does not have Turner channels (including TBS and TNT) as of January 2024. However, fans from the United States can watch NHL games through Fubo if you purchase Max and the Bleacher Report Sports Add-On tier for Max, each of which cost 10 USD/month.

Note: You will need a U.S. credit/debit card to subscribe. The billing address used may determine which local channels are available, and you may be unable to change your location.

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

DirecTV Stream

Price: 65 USD/month and up

Channels: ABC, ESPN, NHL Network (Ultimate plan and up), TBS, TNT

DirecTV Stream is often on the pricier side, especially if you want the NHL Network, but it’s a great option for U.S. fans to stream NHL games if you prefer a cord-cutting service over an additional streaming app. DirecTV’s lowest package starts at 65 USD/month (before jumping to its normal price of 75 USD/month after three months), and the service offers a 5-day free trial.

How to watch NHL games in Canada

Sportsnet

Price: 15 USD/month

Sportsnet offers all NHL games, including the Stanley Cup Playoffs and Stanley Cup Final, on all of its platforms in all languages, as well as exclusive rights to special events such as the NHL All-Star Game and NHL Draft. Canadian subscribers who sign up for Sportsnet can get Saturday Hockey Night in Canada games on CBC Television and French-language broadcasts on TVA Sports. Subscriptions start at 15 USD/month or 150 USD/year. Please note Sportsnet does not offer a free trial.

2023-24 NHL schedule

EventDate
Regular season beginsOctober 10, 2023
Outdoor GamesOctober 29, 2023 (Heritage Classic), January 1, 2024 (Winter Classic), and February 17-18, 2024 (Stadium Series)
NHL Thanksgiving ShowdownNovember 23, 2023
All-Star WeekendFebruary 2-3, 2024
End of Regular SeasonApril 18, 2024
2024 Stanley Cup PlayoffsApril 19 – June 17, 2024 (latest)
2024 Stanley Cup FinalsJune 8 – June 17, 2024 (latest)
2024 NHL DraftJune 28-29, 2024

NHL Games of the Week

The 2023-24 NHL season is here, and ExpressVPN has you covered with the best games of the week to stream. You can find the daily schedule here.

Here is the NHL’s national TV schedule for the week of February 26.

GameDate and timeTV
Dallas Stars vs. New York IslandersMonday, February 26, 8 p.m. ET / 1 a.m. GMTNHL Network
Florida Panthers vs. Buffalo SabresTuesday, February 27, 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. GMTESPN+, Hulu
Colorado Avalanche vs. Dallas StarsTuesday, February 27, 9:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 a.m. GMTESPN+, Hulu
Edmonton Oilers vs. St. Louis BluesWednesday, February 28, 8:30 p.m. ET / 1:30 a.m. GMTTNT
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Carolina HurricanesThursday, February 29, 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. GMTESPN+, Hulu
Chicago Blackhawks vs. Colorado AvalancheThursday, February 29, 9 p.m. ET / 2 a.m. GMTESPN
Washington Capitals vs. Philadelphia FlyersFriday, March 1, 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. GMTNHL Network
Carolina Hurricanes vs. Winnipeg JetsSaturday, March 2, 12:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. GMTNHL Network
Buffalo Sabres vs. Vegas Golden KnightsSaturday, March 2, 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. GMTESPN+, Hulu
Washington Capitals vs. Arizona CoyotesSunday, March 3, 1 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. GMTNHL Network
Los Angeles Kings vs. New Jersey DevilsSunday, March 3, 3:30 p.m. ET / 8:30 p.m. GMTTNT
Buffalo Sabres vs. Winnipeg JetsSunday, March 3, 7 p.m. ET / 12 a.m. GMTNHL Network

2024 Stanley Cup odds

Will the Vegas Golden Knights win the Stanley Cup Finals again? Here are the latest odds according to the FanDuel Sportsbook.

TeamOdds
Edmonton Oilers+800
Colorado Avalanche+850
Florida Panthers+900
Carolina Hurricanes+900
Dallas Stars+1000
Boston Bruins+1000
New York Rangers+1100
Toronto Maple Leafs+1300
Winnipeg Jets+1300
Vancouver Canucks+1400
Vegas Golden Knights+1600
Los Angeles Kings+2000
New Jersey Devils+2500
Tampa Bay Lightning+2500
Pittsburgh Penguins+4500

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Comments

  1. Je me suis inscrit aujourd’ui pour un abonmnement de 6 mois et je voudrais le canceller puis avoir mon crédit merci

  2. 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?

  3. I’m in Peru and would like to watch the NHL Stanley Cup.. could you please let me know which one is the best option to subscribe. Thank you in advance

  4. 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.

  5. I live in BC and can get out of market Canucks games through our Roku but not local games. How do I set up my Roku to get all games?

  6. 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.

  7. I would like to watch maple leafs vs. bruins, april 21, 2019 but it is not broadcast in playa del carmen, on sky tv. what can I do? help.

  8. 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 (https://www.nhl.com/canucks/schedule/2018-10-01/PT), 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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!!!

  11. 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 🙂

  12. 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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