How to Avoid NHL TV Blackouts with a VPN

Published: Nov 3, 2017

The battle for the Stanley Cup is back! Need a blackout bypass to stream every NHL game?

With a VPN, you can get set up in under 10 minutes, then enjoy all the hockey action you want with added online privacy and security!

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A VPN is your NHL GameCenter blackout workaround

A VPN stands for virtual private network. When you connect to a VPN server location, you’re able to encrypt your traffic and change your IP address.

That makes it perfect for accessing watching NHL GameCenter and your favorite games.

ExpressVPN has more than 100 server locations in cities around the world. So you can stream while avoiding NHL TV blackouts.

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See NHL streaming options below!

Stream the NHL live on NBC

Want to watch the NHL for free? NBC Sports is your best bet. Here’s how to watch:

  1. Get ExpressVPN on your devices
  2. Connect to a U.S. server location
  3. Head to
  4. Enter a valid U.S. ZIP code
  5. Enjoy the games!

For a full schedule of all the games available on NBC, check here.

Bypass NHL TV blackouts and stream all hockey games

While NBC’s a great choice, it’s important to note that their selection is somewhat limited. If you want more games, then you’re going to want to subscribe to GameCenter on NHL.TV.

But even with your subscription, you still have to worry about blackouts.

That’s because regional markets have sole broadcasting rights, so some games may not be available in your area until 48 hours after a game is televised.

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 games are being broadcast on TV, connect to a VPN server location in another city or country. That way you can stream hockey live without having to worry about blackouts.

Secure your connection while you stream NHL GameCenter with a VPN

When you use a VPN, you can watch with blazing-fast speeds while knowing your privacy is protected. Just connect to any server location and use your VPN as an alternative to hockey streams. Even better, you can watch every NHL game without having to worry about slow load times or blackouts. 

Here’s how:

  1. Sign up for ExpressVPN
  2. Sign up for an NHL.TV account
  3. Connect to a VPN server location where games ARE NOT being aired (this way you can avoid all the blackouts).
  4. Head to the, enter your login credentials and stream without any blackouts!

Use a VPN to secure your connection while you unblock NHL.TV blackouts!

Use a VPN to save money on your GameCenter subscription

But wait! There’s more! Because GameCenter is available globally, subscription prices vary. You can actually save money on your GameCenter subscription by using a VPN to sign up from a server location outside the U.S. Countries like Russia, Germany, or Greece usually have better deals. Be sure to check different prices to see the best results.

And for all you Canadian readers, you don’t have to settle with the Canadian-only Rogers streaming site. You can use your VPN as an NHL GameCenter workaround to access all 1,230 GameCenter games from inside Canada!

Save money and avoid blackouts? Yes, please!

Who will make the Stanley Cup Playoffs?

2017 provided some excellent playoff action, with the Pittsburgh Penguins coming out on top. The Nashville Predators will certainly be looking forward to some sweet revenge, but there might be a surprise team to surprise us all!

Who’s your favorite to go all the way? Sound off in the predictions below!

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10 thoughts on “NHL

  1. 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!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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 🙂

  4. 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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