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The 2021 NHL season is down to the final four, with the New York Islanders, Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and the Vegas Golden Knights battling it out in the conference finals for a chance to play for the 2021 Stanley Cup.
The Stanley Cup final is currently scheduled for July 9. The Lightning are the current Stanley Cup champions and will be looking to repeat. Vegas oddsmakers have the Golden Knights as top Cup contenders as well.
How to Get NHL Playoff Tickets 2021
If you want to watch the NHL playoffs in person, a few teams are offering in-person attendance, with smaller capacities and with social distancing in place. VividSeats.com has a number of tickets available for all of the top games. Keep in mind that each arena will have its own safety protocol so it’s important to read through their rules and restrictions before heading to a hockey game in person.
How to Watch the NHL on TV
If you aren’t able to snag a ticket to see a game in person (or if you want to stay safe and avoid the rink), there are a number of ways to watch the NHL live from home.
NBC will be airing the majority of NHL broadcast games, so if you have a decent TV antenna (like this one from Amazon) you’ll be able to use your TV to watch live hockey broadcasts on your local NBC affiliate. Some FOX regional sports networks will also be airing local games, which you may be able to pick up with just a decent digital antenna.
How to Stream NHL Games Free Online
All other games will be available on NBCSN, the NHL Network, or USA Network, and you’ll need to sign up for a cable plan for that. Prefer to cut the cord? Here’s how to stream the NHL from home without cable, from your TV, computer, tablet or phone. All of these streaming services are currently offering free trials too, so you can start streaming hockey for free online.
One of the best streaming platforms for live sports, fuboTV gets you access to NHL games on NBC, NBCSN, USA and the NHL Network, as well as ESPN and Fox Sports for post-game analysis. A monthly subscription starts at just $64.99 and includes more than 100 other channels (including AMC, Bravo, E! and Showtime) plus 500 hours of Cloud DVR Plus, to record any games or shows you want to re-watch. The best part: three screens can be logged in at once, so you can be watching hockey on one device, while your friends or family members watch live TV or stream from hundreds of hours of recorded content on their own phones or laptop.
We like fuboTV for other sports too, with access to the NFL Network, NBA TV, MLB Network, Golf Channel and more. Right now, fuboTV is offering a 7-day free trial with no commitment. Start your trial here.
2. Sling TV
Sling TV is one of the easiest live TV streamers to get into, and right now, they’re offering a full month of service for just $10.
The Sling Blue package includes access to NBCSN and USA Network to stream playoff hockey live online. Add on the “Sports Extra” package for an additional $10 to get the NHL Network (along with NBA TV, MLB Network, Golf Channel, Tennis Channel and more).
Sign up for their $10 deal here, which saves you more than $20 off a regular subscription price.
3. Hulu + Live TV
You already know Hulu’s slate of popular movies and shows, but we’ve upgraded our home to the Hulu + Live TV service, which gets you NBC, NBCSN, and USA Network for hockey. A Hulu + Live TV subscription costs just $54.99 a month and includes unlimited streaming of all of Hulu’s on-demand content, as well as instant access to 60+ channels of live TV.
Your subscription includes 50 hours of Cloud DVR recording. You can also set alerts, so your TV or device notifies you whenever a game is about to start. Try Hulu + Live TV right now with this 7-day free trial.
Peacock is NBCUniversal’s streaming service, and the site will be streaming all the remaining Stanley Cup semifinal games on PeacockTV.com. You’ll be able to stream the NHL playoffs on Peacock with your existing subscription or sign-up for just $4.99 a month (the cheapest streaming service on this list).
Peacock is also offering a 7-day free trial that you can use to start watching hockey online. You’ll also get access to stream Peacock’s pre-game coverage with NHL Live, and post-game coverage on NHL Overtime.