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The 2022-2023 NHL season is here, with 32 teams battling it out on the ice for a chance to play for the 2022 Stanley Cup.
Heading into the new season, the reigning champion Colorado Avalanche is looking just as strong as they did last season when they took down Tampa Bay, making them the favorite to win again at this year’s playoffs. But oddsmakers’ second pick to win the Stanley Cup is the Toronto Maple Leafs — a more surprising pick given they haven’t won a championship in 54 seasons, and certainly a team to follow this season.
Behind the Avalanche and the Maple Leafs in odds for the Stanley Cup are the Florida Panthers and the Carolina Hurricanes. But, as with last year, upsets are almost a guarantee in the 2023 NHL Playoffs.
With the new season approaching, it’s time to dial-in your streaming service lineup to get the most NHL action possible. Read on for our complete guide on how to watch the NHL live online during the 2022-23 season.
How to Buy NHL Tickets Online
After two seasons of Covid-related delays and restrictions, NHL games are fully open to fans for the 2022-23 season.
If you want to buy hockey tickets online, we like using Ticketmaster.com, which has tickets available for all of the top games.
How to Watch the NHL on TV
If you aren’t able to snag a ticket to see a game in person, there are a number of ways to watch the NHL live from home.
A number of games this year will be available on basic cable, with NHL hockey on ABC and your local regional sports networks (RSN). 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 ABC affiliate. Some regional sports networks will also be airing local games, which you may be able to pick up with just a decent digital antenna.
In addition to ABC, NHL games will be airing on ESPN, ESPN Plus TNT and TBS. For those networks, you’ll need a cable package (like this one from Verizon), which will let you watch hockey games live on TV.
How to Stream NHL Games Free Online
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.
1. Stream Hockey on Sling
Sling is one of the easiest live TV streamers to get into. The Sling Orange package includes access to ESPN, TBS and TNT and USA Network to stream 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).
2. Stream Hockey on ESPN+
One of the best ways to stream the NHL online is through ESPN+, which has become a must-have for hockey fans. A monthly subscription costs just $9.99 a month and lets you live stream hockey online through the ESPN+ app, website or on your connected TV. You can also spring for the ESPN+ Annual Plan, at a price of $69.99 (a 15% savings versus paying month to month).
The best way to get ESPN+, however, is through the Disney Bundle. For $13.99 a month, the Disney Bundle gets you ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu, saving around $11 compared to getting the latter two separately from your ESPN+ membership.
3. Stream Hockey on fuboTV
One of the best streaming platforms for live sports, fuboTV gets you access to NHL games on the NHL Network and ESPN, as well as Fox Sports for post-game analysis.
A monthly subscription starts at just $69.99 and includes more than 100 other channels (including AMC, Bravo, E!, and Showtime) plus 1000 hours of Cloud DVR storage to record any games or shows you want to re-watch. The best part: 10 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 so you can start live streaming hockey online free. Start your trial here.
4. Stream Hockey on 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 ABC, ESPN, TBS, TNT and your regional sports networks (RSN) for hockey.
A Hulu + Live TV subscription costs just $69.99 and includes unlimited streaming of all of Hulu’s on-demand content, as well as instant access to 60+ channels of live TV. Better yet, a Hulu + Live TV subscription also includes free access to Disney+ and ESPN+ for even more hockey content.
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.