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If you want to live stream NHL games, you’re going to need NHL Network, and thankfully, you no longer need a massive cable package to get it.
Like NBA TV and MLB Network, NHL Network lets you watch dozens of out-of-market hockey games for free every month (full schedule below), and it offers three original programs: NHL Now, a daily catch-all show with interviews and commentary; NHL Tonight, which breaks down evening’s game and news from around the league; and On the Fly, a nightly show focused on highlights and analysis.
No matter who you’re cheering for, you’ll find at least some of their games and plenty of highlights on the channel. Here’s everything you need to know to watch an NHL Network live stream.
NHL Network live stream: 2 ways to watch online
There are only two live TV streaming services that carry NHL Network—if you have YouTube TV, Hulu with Live TV, PlayStation Vue, or FuboTV, you’re out of luck—and neither one offers it as part of their basic package. Here’s what you need to know to make sure you get an NHL Network live stream.
1) Sling TV
- Cost: $25-$40 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- Sling TV devices: Amazon Fire TVs, Android Fire Stick, Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Xbox One, Google Chromecast, Oculus Go, and iOS and Android devices
- Sling TV local channels: NBC, Fox (check your local availability here)
Watch: Is Sling TV Worth it?
The most well-known and budget-friendly live TV streaming service, Sling TV offers three different channel packages: Sling Orange ($25 per month), whose defining feature is a block of ESPN channels; Sling Blue (also $25 per month), which boasts FS1 and a host of other sports channels (but not ESPN); and Sling Orange + Blue ($40 per month), which combines the two packages. To get NHL Network, 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 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.
Game-changing feature: Price. Sling TV is your cheapest option for streaming NHL Network.
2) DirecTV Now
- Cost: $40-$75 per month (after a 7-day free trial)
- DirecTV Now devices: Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and Amazon Fire Stick
- Local channels: ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, the CW (enter your ZIP code here to check local availability)
There are four tiers of service for DirecTV Now, the online version of DirecTV, and each one builds upon the last. To watch NHL Network online, you’ll need at least the Go Big package, which costs $65 per month. It comes with a whopping 105-plus channels, including NFL Network, FX, FS1 and FS2, ESPN, MLB Network, Big Ten Network, and pretty much everything else you might be getting from Sling TV, with the noted exception of NFL RedZone. You can view the full DirecTV Now channels list here.
Game-changing feature: AT&T Unlimited customers can save $25 a month off every DirecTV Now package.
Other ways to watch NHL Network
NHL Network is available through most major cable providers, including the following:
- DISH Network
- RCN Cable
- Verizon FiOS
NHL Network schedule
The full NHL Network schedule for the 2018-19 season hasn’t been released, but here are all of the games scheduled for the rest of October. You can check back here to find the updated NHL Network schedule.
* All times Eastern
Friday, Oct. 5
7pm: Carolina Hurricanes at Columbus Blue Jackets
Saturday, Oct. 6
1pm: Edmonton Oilers at New Jersey Devils
7pm, Montreal Canadiens at Pittsburgh Penguins (or Winnipeg at Dallas)
Sunday, Oct. 7
7pm: Toronto Maple Leafs at Chicago Blackhawks
Monday, Oct. 8
3pm: Vegas Golden Knights at Buffalo Sabres
Saturday, Oct. 13
7pm: Toronto Maple Leafs at Washington Capitals (or Vancouver at Florida)
Sunday, Oct. 14
7pm: Carolina Hurricanes at Winnipeg Jets
Saturday, Oct. 20
7pm, St. Louis Blues at Toronto Maple Leafs (or Montreal at Ottawa)
Sunday, Oct. 21
7pm, Tampa Bay Lightning at Chicago Blackhawks
Monday, Oct. 22
8pm, St. Louis Blues at Winnipeg Jets
Friday, Oct. 26
7:30pm, Winnipeg Jets at Detroit Red Wings
Saturday, Oct. 27
7pm, Montreal Canadiens at Boston Bruins (or Winnipeg at Toronto)
Sunday, Oct. 28
6pm, Edmonton Oilers at Chicago Blackhawks
Monday, Oct. 29
7pm, Calgary Flames at Toronto Maple Leafs
Wednesday, Oct. 31
10pm, Chicago Blackhawks at Vancouver Canucks
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Austin Powell is the former 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.