Hockey is one of those sports that you either love or consistently make fun of. For the fans of the NHL, there’s nothing like the sport out there (particularly for Canadians). But for some it barely makes the list of “Big 4” leagues in the US alongside MLB, NFL and NBA. The game is more popular than ever and modern fans are anxious for new ways to consume their hockey games online.
The NHL has struck several major deals for streaming rights in the past few years. there are several ways to watch NHL hockey games online for free. Here are the most convenient amongst them.
How to Stream NHL Games Online Free (by Team):
Live Stream Most NHL Games on Sling TV
If you’re not a huge fan of cable then Sling TV might be for you. It’s an alternative that lets you choose a bundle of channels for $20-25 including the networks hockey mostly plays on like the NHL Network, NBC Sports, Fox Sports, ESPN, & Hockey Night in Canada Streaming. You also get a ton of other non-hockey channels like AMC, TNT, Bravo and many more. There’s a free trial so check it out to see if it’s really for you.
Watch NHL Games Live via DIRECTV NOW
DIRECTV NOW is a live streaming service which streams live cable television channels to mobile devices and computers. The service works a lot like regular cable but minus the long term commitment and its a lot cheaper starting at $35 a month. However, if you want to stream the NHL Network you’ll need to upgrade to the $60 ‘Go Big’ subscription which also includes ESPN and Fox Sports.
Are NHL Games on Netflix or Hulu?
So far Netflix has yet to venture into the world of online hockey streaming, or any sport for that matter. You can stop searching Netflix for NHL games because you won’t find them there.
Hulu, for its part doesn’t have sports either, including NHL games streaming on their platform.
Watch NHL Online with NHL Gamecenter LIVE
The NHL does have their own official streaming service called NHL Gamecenter Live which gives you access to all out-of-market regular season games for every team. Pretty cool, right? (no pun intended.. ice.. get it?) You can even choose between home and away feeds though we’re not sure why you’d want to stream it that way. Four games can be streamed at one time so feel free to share with the whole NHL family.
How much does NHL Gamecenter Live cost? It’s about $130 per year for full access. You can also choose a single team for only $100 or so. Only need a month of NHL streaming rights? It’s $25 for that privileged.
This is by far the best way to legally live stream NHL games from anywhere. If you’re paying for cable just to watch NHL this could be your best bet to cut the cord.
Subscribe to NHL Network for Live Streaming
If you’re a cable subscriber to NHL network you can usually use your password and login from your cable provider to access NHL content online for free. Check your local listings to see if you already subscribe to NHL Network and start streaming. It’s also on Sling if you hate cable but need your sweet, sweet hockey fix.
Avoid Illegal Live Streams of NHL Games
We know you can be desperate and you need that sweet, sweet NHL streaming action right this moment. But we encourage you to avoid illegal, bogus live streams of NHL games. Not because of any self-righteous ideal around “stealing” content. No, mostly because most of these streaming sites for NHL games are utter crap. They feature low resolution video, sexually explicit ads and often break down right when you’re about to watch your team score the winning goal. It’s hard enough to watch Hockey online in HD, on a tiny screen let alone through one of these cut rate, low quality outfits.
If a hockey game is on CBS you can also use CBS’s app to watch the game as well.
Save the $100 and subscribe to the official service we outlined above for a better experience. Plus, you’re supporting the league and players you love who probably need that support more than most other sports leagues. Stream responsibly, hockey fans.