How to Avoid NHL Blackouts with a VPN

Published: May 11, 2016

Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017 @ 11:22 am

Hockey fans, rejoice! You can use a VPN proxy function to bypass NHL blackouts and watch every NHL GameCenter game live however you like, whenever you like.

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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Step 1 to bypassing NHL blackouts? Get a VPN!

A VPN stands for virtual private network. When you connect to a VPN DNS proxy server location, you’re able to encrypt your traffic and change your IP address. Websites think you’re in the same country as the server you’re connected to, so you can stream without boundaries.

Of course, a VPN also secures your web traffic and protects your privacy.

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

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Stream the NHL on NBC

When it comes to streaming major league hockey, you have a few different options. If you’re connected to a U.S. server, you can watch the NHL for free through NBC Sports

Simply connect to any VPN server location in the U.S., head to, enter a valid U.S. ZIP code and start streaming.

(You can use this tool for a full list of ZIP codes in the United States.)

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

The Stanley Cup Playoffs schedule

It’s the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Nashville Predators for this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs! Wondering when the next games are? Take a look:

Game 1: Pittsburgh 5, Nashville 3 (PIT leads series 1-0)
Game 2: Pittsburgh 4, Nashville 1 (PIT leads series 2-0)
Game 3: Nashville 5, Pittsburgh 1 (PIT leads series 2-1)
Game 4: Nashville 4, Pittsburgh 1 (series tied 2-2)
Game 5: Pittsburgh 6, Nashville 0 (PIT leads series 3-2)
Game 6: Pittsburgh 2, Nashville 0 (PIT wins series 4-2)

Use a VPN to bypass NHL GameCenter blackouts

While NBC’s a great choice, it’s important to note that their selection is somewhat limited. If you’re a true hockey fan, then you’re going to want to subscribe to GameCenter on NHL.TV. Here you can watch every NHL match, including the Stanley Cup playoffs, by signing up for either monthly or yearly subscriptions.

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.

Luckily, there’s an easy way around that. 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. First, sign up for an NHL.TV account. Then sign up for an ExpressVPN account.
  2. Install ExpressVPN on any device that you want to watch hockey on.
  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!

Avoid NHL blackouts. Stream with confidence

If you have any questions, or if you’re having trouble installing the app, ExpressVPN’s live chat service is available around-the-clock to help you!

Sound off if the following guide was helpful, and leave your Stanley Cup predictions for next year in the comments below!

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8 thoughts on “NHL

  1. 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!!!

  2. 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 🙂

  3. 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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