How to stream the NHL playoffs for free

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Who will hoist the Stanley Cup?

The quest for the Stanley Cup is officially under way. While the Tampa Bay Lightning is heavily favorited going into the 2019 playoffs, the President Trophy-winning team rarely wins it all. Could this year be different? Can the Washington Capitals rally once more? Or will this be the year the Las Vegas Golden Knights break through? Whether you’re a casual fan or don’t want to miss a single second of the action, here’s everything you need to know to live stream the 2019 NHL playoffs, including the playoff bracket and TV schedule. 

NHL playoffs live stream: How to watch the 2019 games for free

There are five channels you’ll need to watch the 2019 NHL playoffs: NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, and NHL Network. Only one service checks all of those boxes—Sling TV—but you can probably do without NHL Network. The specialty channel is only confirmed for one game at the moment (tonight’s St. Louis Blues vs. Winnipeg Jets matchup). All of the services below will allow you to stream the vast majority of NHL playoff games, including the Stanley Cup finals, and all of them offer a one-week trial, so you can start streaming for free.

1) Sling TV

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Sling TV is the most well-known and budget-friendly live TV streaming service, and it offers everything you need to watch the 2019 NHL playoffs in their entirety. Sling TV offers three different channel packages: Sling Orange ($25 per month), which includes a block of ESPN channels; Sling Blue (also $25 per month), which includes local channels you’ll need like NBC (but not ESPN); and Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month), which combines the two packages. Notably, Sling TV is the only service on this list that offers NHL Network. To include it in your package, you’ll need either the Sling Orange Sports Extra Pack ($5 per month) or the Sling Blue Sports Extra ($10 per month). Either way, you’ll also get Pac-12 Network, NBA TV, and the Golf Channel, but the Sling Blue version also comes with NFL RedZone. Here’s a complete guide to Sling TV channels and our Sling TV review.

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2) Hulu with Live TV

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You won’t be able to watch NHL Network with Hulu with Live TV, but Hulu with Live TV covers all of the other essentials for the 2019 NHL playoffs. The services offers more than 60 channels, including ESPN, NBC, NBCSN, and a ton of other sports options for your buck, including FS1, Big Ten Network, and CBS Sports Network. What sets Hulu apart from the competition, however, is its on-demand offerings. Your subscription unlocks Hulu’s full catalog, so when you’re not streaming NHL games, you can watch Hulu originalsanimemovies, and documentaries, or catch up on your favorite TV shows.

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3) PlayStation Vue

In case it’s not obvious, you don’t need a gaming console to use PlayStation Vue. The subscription service works with pretty much every streaming device, and you can stream on up to five devices at once. You’ll also get unlimited cloud DVR. To maximize the number of NHL playoffs live streams you’ll have access to, you’ll probably want to upgrade to PlayStation Vue’s Core package, which costs $49.99 per month. That way you get all of the NHL games on NBC Sports Network. But otherwise, you’ll find everything you need (with the noted exception of NHL Network) in the basic Access package. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.)

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4) FuboTV

While FuboTV may not be a great option for the regular NHL season—it’s lacking ESPN and NHL Network—it will get you through the playoffs. If you’re a sports fan, it’s certainly worth considering. FuboTV boasts a great collection of specialty sports channels (NBA TV, NFL Network, Big Ten Network, beIN Sports) along with most of your cable essentials. The service also offers three-day replay for games and 30 hours’ worth of cloud DVR. (Here’s the complete FuboTV channels list.)

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5) YouTube TV

YouTube TV strikes a perfect balance between sports (MLB Network, NBA TV, a whole suite of ESPN channels), news (CNN, MSNBC, BBC World News), and entertainment (AMC, HGTV, TBS). There are a couple of drawbacks: You can’t add HBO or stream using Amazon Fire devices, and aside from Telemundo and NBC Universo, it’s lacking in Spanish channels. But you can create up to six accounts with each subscription, and each of those receives unlimited cloud DVR. That alone makes the service with considering. (You can find the full list of YouTube TV channels here.)

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2019 NHL playoffs schedule

Here’s the complete NHL playoffs TV schedule as things stand right now. We’ll update this post as more information becomes available and as the playoffs advance. All times ET.

Wednesday, April 10

7pm, Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning | USA

7:30pm, Pittsburgh Penguins at N.Y. Islanders | NBCSN

8pm, St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets | NHL Network

9:30pm, Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators | USA

10:30pm, Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks | NBCSN

Thursday, April 11

7pm, Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins | NBCSN

7:30pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals | USA

10pm, Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames | NBCSN

Friday, April 12

7pm, Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning | CNBC

7:30pm, Pittsburgh Penguins at N.Y. Islanders | NBCSN

9:30pm, St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets | CNBC

10:30pm, Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks | NBCSN

Saturday, April 13

6pm, Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators | CNBC

8pm, Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins | NBC

10:30pm, Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames | NBCSN

Sunday, April 14

12pm,  N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins | NBC

3pm, Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals | NBC

7pm, Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets | NBCSN

7:30pm, Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues | CNBC

10pm, San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights | NBCSN

Monday, April 15

7pm, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs | NBCSN

7pm, Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes | CNBC

9:30pm, Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars | NBCSN

10pm, Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche | CNBC

Tuesday, April 16

7pm, Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets | CNBC

7:30pm, N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins | NBCSN

9:30pm, Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues, 9:30pm | CNBC

10:30pm, San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights | NBCSN

Wednesday, April 17

7pm, Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs | NBCSN

8pm, Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars | USA

10pm, Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche | NBCSN

Thursday, April 18

7pm, Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes  | TBA

Pittsburgh Penguins at N.Y. Islanders**

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets**

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks**

Friday, April 19

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning**

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins**

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames**

Saturday, April 20

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals**

N.Y. Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins**

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators**

Winnipeg Jets at St. Louis Blues**

Sunday, April 21

Tampa Bay Lightning at Columbus Blue Jackets**

Boston Bruins at Toronto Maple Leafs**

Calgary Flames at Colorado Avalanche**

San Jose Sharks at Vegas Golden Knights**

Monday, April 22

Washington Capitals at Carolina Hurricanes**

Pittsburgh Penguins at N.Y. Islanders**

Nashville Predators at Dallas Stars**

St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets**

Tuesday, April 23

Columbus Blue Jackets at Tampa Bay Lightning**

Toronto Maple Leafs at Boston Bruins**

Colorado Avalanche at Calgary Flames**

Vegas Golden Knights at San Jose Sharks**

Wednesday, April 24

Carolina Hurricanes at Washington Capitals**

Dallas Stars at Nashville Predators**

** if necessary

Austin Powell

Austin Powell

Austin Powell is the managing editor of the Daily Dot. His work focuses on the intersection of entertainment and technology. He previously served as a music columnist for the Austin Chronicle and is the co-author of The Austin Chronicle Music Anthology.