Watch NHL 2022-23 hockey games without cable

Updated: January 25, 2023

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Watch NHL 2022-23 hockey games without cable

The 2022 NHL season is in full swing, and the Colorado Avalanche remain eager to defend their title. Although the Avs entered the year as the odds-on favorite to repeat as Stanley Cup champions, they’re expected to face significant challenges from the always-dangerous Toronto Maple Leafs, Boston Bruins, and Vegas Golden Knights in the coming months.

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 with a VPN, you’ve come to the right place.

On this page, you can find information on how to watch the league you love, plus who looks like a good bet to win the Stanley Cup.

How to watch NHL 2022-23 games with a VPN

You can stream the 2022-23 NHL season in just a few simple steps:

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

Live stream NHL 2022-23 games for free


Price: Free

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.

To watch NHL streams live for free on CBC:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to a secure VPN server in Canada.
  3. Visit to sign up or log in, and check CBC’s schedule to know when to tune in.
  4. Log in and enjoy the games!

Stream NHL games live on ESPN+

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. Just connect to one of ExpressVPN’s United States servers before signing up.

Price: 10 USD/month or 100 USD/season

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

NHL Blackout Restrictions on and ESPN+

ESPN+ Blackouts (U.S. only)

Games broadcast on local television in your area are subject to ESPN+ blackouts, as are some national broadcasts. Blackouts are determined based on one’s U.S. based postal code. International customers of ESPN+ are also subject to blackouts if a game appears on an NHL partner network in your viewing area.

NHL.TV Blackouts (outside of U.S. and Canada only)

As with ESPN+, NHL.TV users are subject to blackouts if a game appears on an NHL partner network in your viewing area. Blackout restrictions may also apply based on your IP address.

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 as they include NHL broadcasters like ESPN and ABC (which will broadcast some Finals games). While they are on the pricier end, the upside is that most of them offer free trials. This helps you safely and securely test the service risk-free to see if it works for you. Just follow these steps and select your preferred cord-cutting service:

  1. Get ExpressVPN.
  2. Connect to the server location in the United States.
  3. Sign up for or log in to your preferred cord-cutting service platform.
  4. Check your team’s broadcast schedule and find the game you want to stream.
  5. Tune in for some puck!

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

Sling TV

Price: 35 USD/month and up

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 through its app.

YouTube TV

Price: 65 USD/month and up

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

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.

DirecTV Stream

Price: 70 USD/month and up

DirecTV Stream is on the pricier side but if you prefer a cord-cutting service over an additional streaming app, it’s the best option as the “Choice” package (90 USD/month) includes regional sports networks like NESN. DirecTV offers a 5-day free trial.

Hulu + Live TV

Price: 70 USD/month

Hulu does not offer a free trial, but its live TV package includes all the main channels for secure NHL streams as well as many regional sports networks.

2022-23 NHL Stanley Cup Finals odds

Will the Colorado Avalanche repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Here are the most recent odds according to BetMGM.

Boston Bruins+550
Colorado Avalanche+700
Carolina Hurricanes+750
Vegas Golden Knights+850
Toronto Maple Leafs+950
Tampa Bay Lightning+1300
New Jersey Devils+1400
Dallas Stars+1600
Calgary Flames+1700
Minnesota Wild+1800
New York Rangers+2000
Edmonton Oilers+2200
Pittsburgh Penguins+2200

2022 NHL early-season storylines

All eyes are on the Colorado Avalanche as they look to win a second straight Stanley Cup title. Here’s what other storylines we’ll be watching during the 2022-23 NHL season:

The end of the heavyweights? The Washington Capitals, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Boston Bruins have been among hockey’s most consistent franchises over the last 15 seasons, and all have celebrated championships along the way. However, none of these three are considered locks to reach the playoffs, and the Caps and Pens are rapidly approaching rebuilding mode. Can anyone hold off Father Time for one more year?

Ovechkin vs. Gretzky: Speaking of the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin sits 115 goals away from surpassing Wayne Gretzky’s record of 894 career goals. We can all agree Ovie isn’t likely to pass the Great One this season, but he can still set himself up to break the record during the 2023-24 campaign. However, Ovechkin turned 37 in September, so age isn’t exactly working in his favor, even after a 50-goal season last year.

Patrick Kane trade watch: Seeing as the Chicago Blackhawks are expected to be among the league’s worst teams this season, one should reasonably expect the franchise to trade veteran right wing Patrick Kane to a contender. For now, Kane and longtime teammate Jonathan Toews will begin the season in Chicago amid a rebuild. It’d certainly be interesting if Kane, who hails from upstate New York, found himself playing for the Buffalo Sabres.

New York, New York? The Rangers seemingly came from nowhere to reach the Eastern Conference Finals last season. That proved fruitful for New York hockey fans after the Islanders surprisingly missed the postseason and fired head coach Barry Trotz. If the Yankees and Mets can each reach the playoffs in the same year, who says the Rangers and Islanders can’t follow in their footsteps?

Old faces, new places: No one should dare call the 2022-23 NHL offseason boring. The Florida Panthers traded left winger Jonathan Huberdeau and defenseman Mackenzie Weegar to the Calgary Flames for winger Matthew Tkachuk, who promptly signed a long-term extension to stay in the Sunshine State. Not to be outdone, Huberdeau inked an eight-year deal with Calgary. The Carolina Hurricanes stocked up for a title run by acquiring defenseman Brent Burns and veteran left winger Max Pacioretty. And, of course, we’re still waiting to see if Patrick Kane winds up anywhere.

All about the 2023 NHL All-Star Game

The 2023 NHL All-Star Game is rapidly approaching. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s event.

When is the 2023 NHL All-Star Game?

The 2023 NHL All-Star Game begins at 3 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 4. The Central Division faces off against the Pacific Division in the first semifinal, with a game between the Metropolitan and Atlantic Divisions following an hour later. The two semifinal winners will meet in the championship game at 5 p.m. ET.

Where is the 2023 NHL All-Star Game?

FLA Live Arena in Sunrise, Florida, will host the NHL All-Star Skills Competition and the All-Star Game. The arena and home of the Florida Panthers last served as the All-Star Game site in 2003.

2023 NHL All-Star Game rosters

The NHL All-Star Game features four teams consisting of 11 players from each division. Here’s every team’s roster:

Atlantic Division

Nikita KucherovForwardTampa Bay Lightning
Dylan LarkinForwardDetroit Red Wings
Mitch MarnerForwardToronto Maple Leafs
Auston Matthews*ForwardToronto Maple Leafs
David Pastrnak*ForwardBoston Bruins
Nick SuzukiForwardMontreal Canadiens
Tage ThompsonForwardBuffalo Sabres
Brady TkachukForwardOttawa Senators
Matthew TkachukForwardFlorida Panthers
Linus UllmarkGoaltenderBoston Bruins
Andrei Vasilevskiy*GoaltenderTampa Bay Lightning

Metropolitan Division

Sidney CrosbyForwardPittsburgh Penguins
Adam Fox*DefensemanNew York Rangers
Johnny GaudreauForwardColumbus Blue Jackets
Kevin HayesForwardPhiladelphia Flyers
Jack HughesForwardNew Jersey Devils
Brock NelsonForwardNew York Islanders
Alex OvechkinForwardWashington Capitals
Artemi Panarin*ForwardNew York Rangers
Igor ShesterkinGoaltenderNew York Rangers
Ilya Sorokin*GoaltenderNew York Islanders
Andrei SvechnikovForwardCarolina Hurricanes

Central Division

Connor Hellebuyck*GoaltenderWinnipeg Jets
Seth JonesDefensemanChicgao Blackhawks
Kirill KaprizovForwardMinnesota Wild
Clayton KellerForwardArizona Coyotes
Nathan MacKinnon*ForwardColorado Avalanche
Cale MakarDefensemanColorado Avalanche
Josh MorrisseyDefensemanWinnipeg Jets
Mikko RantanenForwardColorado Avalanche
Jason RobertsonForwardDallas Stars
Juuse SarosGoaltenderNashville Predators
Vladimir TarasenkoForwardSt. Louis Blues

Pacific Division

Matty BeniersForwardSeattle Kraken
Leon Draisaitl*ForwardEdmonton Oilers
Kevin FialaForwardLos Angeles Kings
Bo Horvat*ForwardVancouver Canucks
Nazem KadriForwardCalgary Flames
Erik KarlssonDefensemanSan Jose Sharks
Connor McDavidForwardEdmonton Oilers
Elias PetterssonForwardVancouver Canucks
Stuart Skinner*GoaltenderEdmonton Oilers
Troy TerryForwardAnaheim Ducks
Logan ThompsonGoaltenderVegas Golden Knights

*denotes player elected via fan vote

More about the NHL

SportIce hockey
FoundedNovember 26, 1917 (104 years ago), Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Inaugural season1917–18
CommissionerGary Bettman
No. of teams32
CountriesCanada (7 teams), United States (25 teams)
Headquarters1185 6th Avenue, New York City
Most recent champion(s)Colorado Avalanche (3rd title)
Most titlesMontreal Canadiens (25 titles)

Schedule for the 2022-2023 NHL season

Opening NightOctober 7, 2022
NHL Thanksgiving ShowdownNovember 25, 2022
Winter ClassicJanuary 2, 2023
NHL All-Star GameFebruary 3-4, 2023
End of Regular SeasonApril 13, 2023
Stanley Cup PlayoffsApril 17, 2023
NHL DraftJune 28–29, 2023

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  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?

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    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.

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      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.

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  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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