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How To Watch the NHL Without Cable

Don’t lose NHL access when you cut the cord. Here’s how to watch the NHL without a cable TV plan.

Finding the best TV plan for NHL action can be tricky for hockey fans who want the most coverage without a cable TV plan. But we’ve got you covered if you still need to get your viewing options in order this season.

These days, you won’t need to head to the sports bar or spring for a cable plan if you want to catch every NHL game this season. Whether you’re an Arizona Coyotes or Winnipeg Jets fan, here’s what you need to know about watching the NHL without a cable or satellite subscription. Sports logo featuring animated athlete with raised hands.

1. Subscribe to a live TV streaming service

There’s a reason why cord-cutters love live TV streaming services—you can get full TV coverage without running wires into your house or paying expensive equipment fees.

If you’re a diehard NHL fan and want to watch as many games as possible, we’d recommend subscribing to DIRECTV STREAM. The DIRECTV streaming service carries every NHL broadcast channel (except for ESPN+) and includes stellar regional sports network (RSN) coverage. You’ll want a streaming service with NHL RSN coverage if you want to watch local or midweek NHL games.

But if you’re mainly interested in national NHL games, you can save a few bucks with competing services like Fubo or Sling TV. RSN coverage varies by service, but you’ll typically be able to get major NHL channels like TNT, ESPN, and NHL Network. Check out our Best Streaming Services for Sports guide for more ways to live stream NHL games.

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2. Get ESPN+ for out-of-market games

If you can’t miss a Canucks game or regularly travel during NHL season, you’ll want to spring for an ESPN+ subscription.

ESPN+ is the NHL’s home for streaming out-of-market games—you’ll get live access to every out-of-market NHL game and 50 ESPN+ exclusive live games. Plus, you can watch every NHL game on-demand after it airs. And if that wasn’t enough, ESPN+ also has loads of exclusive NHL shows and documentaries in its content library.

3. Watch free NHL games by getting an antenna or a free trial

Most NHL games will be on TV channels like TNT and ESPN, but if you’re mainly interested in the biggest matchups (which will be broadcast on ABC), you can watch them for free with an over-the-air (OTA) antenna.

OTA antennas hook up to your TV and allow you to watch local station broadcasts like ABC and NBC for free. For the 2023–2024 NHL season, ABC will get 15 regular-season matchups and the Stanley Cup Finals alongside TNT.

If you’re traveling and need a makeshift way to catch an NHL game, many streaming services are watchable on your phone or laptop and offer free trials. Check out our free streaming TV trials guide and Best OTA Antennas guide to learn more about the best ways to watch NHL games for free.

How to watch the NHL without cable FAQ

How can I watch NHL games without cable?

You can watch NHL games without cable if you subscribe to a streaming TV service like DIRECTV STREAM. You can also watch NHL games on ESPN+ or by hooking up an OTA antenna to your TV.

How can I watch NHL Network without cable?

NHL Network is available on live streaming TV services like DIRECTV STREAM, Fubo, and Sling TV.

How can I watch the Stanley Cup without cable?

You can watch ABC’s NHL playoff games for free with an OTA antenna. If you sign up for a streaming live TV service like DIRECTV STREAM, you can watch every NHL playoff game without cable.

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