Although the Stanley Cup Finals and the 2022 NHL Draft are over, the world champion Colorado Avalanche can’t get comfortable yet. The NHL offseason is officially underway, and the league’s 30 teams will have to deal with everything from free agency to training camp in the coming months.
Whether you’re looking to stream NHL games, 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.
Stream NHL games live on CBC
CBC is one of the official NHL broadcasters in Canada. Be sure to check CBC’s hockey schedule to know when to tune in. Signing up is painless.
To watch NHL streams live on the CBC:
How to stream NHL games 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: 10 USD/month or 100 USD/season
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a U.S. server location.
- Visit ESPN+ and sign up.
- Stream without any blackouts!
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 they 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:
- Get ExpressVPN.
- Connect to a server location in the U.S.
- Go to Sling TV Orange (35 USD/month) or YouTube TV (65 USD/month) and use a free trial.
- Tune in and enjoy!
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.
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.
Hulu + Live TV
Price: 70 USD/month
Hulu does not offer a free trial, but its live TV package includes seven channels for secure NHL streams.
What is the NHL Draft order?
Much like the NFL Draft, the 2022 NHL Draft featured seven rounds. Here’s how the first round went.
|No. 1||Montreal Canadiens||Juraj Slafkovský, RW, Slovakia|
|No. 2||New Jersey Devils||Simon Nemec, D, Nitra|
|No. 3||Arizona Coyotes||Logan Cooley, C, USA U18|
|No. 4||Seattle Kraken||Shane Wright, C, Kingston Frontenacs|
|No. 5||Philadelphia Flyers||Cutter Gauthier, LW, USA U18|
|No. 6||Columbus Blue Jackets (via Chicago Blackhawks)||David Jiříček, D, Plzen|
|No. 7||Ottawa Senators||Kevin Korchinski, D, Seattle Thunderbirds|
|No. 8||Detroit Red Wings||Marco Kasper, C, Rögle|
|No. 9||Buffalo Sabres||Matthew Savoie, C, Winnipeg Ice|
|No. 10||Anaheim Ducks||Pavel Mintyukov, D, Saginaw Spirit|
|No. 11||San Jose Sharks||Conor Geekie, C, Winnipeg Ice|
|No. 12||Columbus Blue Jackets||Denton Mateychuk, D, Moose Jaw Warriors|
|No. 13||New York Islanders||Frank Nazar, C, USA U18|
|No. 14||Winnipeg Jets||Rutger McGroarty, C, USA U18|
|No. 15||Vancouver Canucks||Jonathan Lekkerimäki, RW, Djurgårdens IF 20|
|No. 16||Buffalo Sabres (via Las Vegas Golden Knights)||Noah Östlund, C, Djurgårdens IF J20|
|No. 17||Nashville Predators||Joakim Kemell, RW, JYP|
|No. 18||Dallas Stars||Lian Bichsel, D, Leksands IF|
|No. 19||Los Angeles Kings||Liam Öhgren, LW, Djurgårdens IF J20|
|No. 20||Washington Capitals||Ivan Miroshnichenko, C, Omsk Krylia|
|No. 21||Pittsburgh Penguins||Owen Pickering, D, Swift Current Broncos|
|No. 22||Anaheim Ducks (via Boston Bruins)||Nathan Gaucher, C, Quebec Remparts|
|No. 23||St. Louis Blues||Jimmy Snuggerud, RW, USA U18|
|No. 24||Minnesota Wild||Danila Yurov, RW, Magnitogorsk|
|No. 25||Toronto Maple Leafs||Sam Rinzel, D, Chaska High|
|No. 26||Montreal Canadiens (via Calgary Flames)||Filip Mešár, RW, Poprad|
|No. 27||Arizona Coyotes (via Carolina Hurricanes)||Filip Bysetdt, C, Linköping HC J20|
|No. 28||Buffalo Sabres (via Florida Panthers)||Jiri Kulich, C, HC Energie Karlovy Vary|
|No. 29||Edmonton Oilers||Maveric Lamoureaux, D, Drummondville Voltigeurs|
|No. 30||Winnipeg Jets (via New York Rangers)||Brad Lambert, LW, Pelicans|
|No. 31||Tampa Bay Lightning||Isaac Howard, LW, USA U18|
|No. 32||Arizona Coyotes (via Colorado Avalanche)||Reid Schaefer, LW, Seattle Thunderbirds|
ESPN has the entire seven-round draft order.
Key dates for the 2022-2023 NHL season
|Opening Night||October 7, 2022|
|NHL Thanksgiving Showdown||November 25, 2022|
|Winter Classic||January 2, 2023|
|NHL All-Star Game||February 3-4, 2023|
|End of Regular Season||April 13, 2023|
|Stanley Cup Playoffs||TBD|
|NHL Draft||June 28–29, 2023|
FAQ for streaming sports
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How can I stream on my TV with a VPN?
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-With MediaStreamer, ExpressVPN’s solution for devices that cannot install a VPN, such as Apple TV or gaming consoles. MediaStreamer only needs to be set up once, although it does not provide the full security benefits of a VPN. (Note that by connecting your Apple TV or gaming console to a router, you can get the best of both worlds!)
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