How to Watch NHL Games Online

Watch NHL Games Online

There are many ways any NHL fan can watch their favorite team.

Being a cord cutter does not mean you have to give up on your sports. I cut the cord, and I still am watching all my local teams. Here are your options:

Using a Digital Antenna

The only chance you have at watching NHL games online is if NBC decides to put your team on their NHL on NBC franchise. These games are typically Saturday afternoons, and are usually only one game a weekend. Just running the numbers, there is a slim chance that your team will be on it more than once. Maybe twice or three times if your team is doing very well this season.

 Bottom Line: Not Reliable.

Using your Local Sports Channel & Roku

I am from Pittsburgh, PA and am able to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins this way. I subscribe to the NHL.tv app on the Roku - which is around $100 a year - and that allows me to watch all Penguins games through my Roku. However, there is a catch. Since I also live inside the Pittsburgh area, I am subject to my home teams' blackouts, which means that I can only watch the games the next day (i.e. not live).

But there is a way around these annoying blackouts!

VPN services like ExpressVPN or Hide.me allow you to "mask" your home wifi address to make it look like you are from a different part of the country, thus removing you from your sports blackout restrictions.

ExpressVPN is a VPN service, which allows you to mask your home internet's IP address (this is how the teams determine if you are within their home "range" or not), which makes your home look like it is outside your home team's blackout area. ExpressVPN is my favorite service to get around regional blackouts. I have an account there, so I can personally vouch for it.

 Bottom Line: Best Scenario.

Using Sling TV

If you already have Sling TV, you will have the opportunity to watch any of your team's games that are televised nationally. Any games that are shown on the NBC Sports Network or the NHL Network, you will be able to see with no additional cost. This is an OK option for those of you who like to watch some of your local team's games. For example, this year, the Penguins had 9 games televised nationally on one of these two channels. Most of them were on Wednesday nights.

Bottom Line: OK. Can only watch nationally televised games.

Using DirecTV Now

Very similar to Sling TV, if you already have DirecTV Now, you will have the opportunity to watch any of your team's games that are televised nationally. Any games that are shown on the NBC Sports Network or the NHL Network, you will be able to see with no additional cost. This is an OK option for those of you who like to watch some of your local team's games. For example, this year, the Penguins had 9 games televised nationally on one of these two channels. Most of them were on Wednesday nights.

Bottom Line: OK. Can only watch nationally televised games.

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