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Update: The Colorado Avalanche and the Tampa Bay Lightning have clinched their spots in the 2022 Stanley Cup Finals. Head here for more information on the NHL Finals, including how to watch the Avalanche vs. Lighting games online.
The 2021-2022 NHL season is here, with 32 teams battling it out on the ice for a chance to play for the 2022 Stanley Cup.
The Tampa Bay Lightning are the current Stanley Cup champions and will be looking to repeat. Vegas oddsmakers have the Colorado Avalanche, Toronto Maple Leafs and the Las Vegas Golden Knights as top Cup contenders as well.
How to Buy NHL Tickets Online
After a year of playing to empty arenas due to Covid precautions, all the teams are offering in-person attendance this year, though some arenas will limit capacity and keep social distancing in place.
If you want to buy hockey tickets online, we like using VividSeats.com, which has 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.
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 TV
Sling TV 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 $6.99 a month and lets you live stream hockey online through the ESPN+ app, website or on your connected TV.
Your best value is to spring for the ESPN+ Annual Plan, at a price of $69.99 (a 15% savings versus paying month to month). Get 75 weekly national games and access to more than 1000 out-of-market games, plus post-game analysis and coverage.
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 $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 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 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.