Networks & Services Streaming NHL Games This Year

The NHL is composed of 30 teams, 23 of which are based in the US with 7 in Canada. The league is headquartered in New York City. The NHL is a premier pro ice hockey league with the Stanley Cup being the oldest sports trophy in North America. The trophy is awarded annually to the playoff champion at the conclusion of a season. We have outlined the networks and services that can be used to stream NHL Games online.

Streaming
Service
# of NHL Games Monthly Cost Free Trial HD Stream Cable Required iOS App Android App
Sling TV Free ALL NHL Games Live! $20 Watch 7 Days Free Yes No Yes Yes
Two Regular Season Games a Week No Standalone App Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes, except with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes
DTV-Now ALL NHL Games Live! $35 Watch 7 Days Free Yes No Yes Yes
Wednesday Night Games Free,
Restricted
Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes No Yes Yes
Various NHL Games No Standalone App Yes, with Sling/DTVN  Yes Yes, except with Sling/DTVN  Yes Yes
Various Games, Stanley Cup Playoffs No Standalone App Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes, except with Sling/DTVN No  No
Various NHL Games No Standalone App Yes, with Sling/DTVN Yes Yes, except with Sling/DTVN  Yes Yes
Various Showcase Games No Standalone App Yes, with DIRECTV NOW  Yes Yes, except with Sling/DTVN  No  No

Networks Streaming NHL Games

NBC Sports currently own US television rights for NHL games. It’s a ten-year, $2 billion contract which started in 2011-2012. Under the contract, NBCSN airs two regular season games every week, and NBC broadcasts afternoon games on a few weekends. Wednesday night game rights are held by NBCUniversal, while the NBC network has the rights to televise all Stanley Cup playoffs starting in the second round. Other games are broadcast on NHL Network, CNBC and USA Network.

Pacific Atlantic
Anaheim Ducks
Arizona Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Vancouver Canucks
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Tampa Bay
Maple Leafs
Central Metropolitain
Chicago Blackhawks
Colorado Avalanche
Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild
Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets
Carolina Hurricanes
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals

Cable Alternatives: Watch NHL Games Without Cable

Many people don’t necessarily want to pay to sign up for a long-term commitment with a cable service provider to watch mainly NHL games. The alternative to regular cable is online streaming services like Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW. Both services stream an array of channels including ones that broadcast NHL games like NHL TV, USA Network. Also, unlike regular cable both services can stream the channels on your mobile device via their apps for iOS, Android, Xbox, Chromecast operating systems/devices.

Sling TV starts at $20 a month, and DIRECTV NOW costs $35. Try them out using the buttons below:

Sling (7 Days Free) DIRECTV NOW (7 Days Free)
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Official Apps to Stream NHL Games

NHL games, in general, are broadcast by a handful of cable networks. Each network has their own app for a select few devices which are usually accessible to subscribers. However, refer to the complete list of channels and click to visit their website for details about their associated apps.

The NHL Network is the official streaming service for the league. The official app can be accessed by subscribers to the channel via their cable service providers. However, it can also be accessed by subscribing directly to the service for $119.99 a year or $19.99 a month.

Free and Illegal NHL Live Streaming

Yes, there are free streaming websites that promise that you’ll watch every game including the playoffs for free. Though it may sound like you’re saving money but in fact you’ll be stuck with having to watch dozens of ads every few minutes, not to mention running the risk of being infected by viruses, trojans, etc. You’ll also undoubtedly run into legal issues. So, we advise that you use the methods discussed above which are legal and help you save money.

We will continue to update this guide as NHL streaming options change.