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How To Watch The 2021 NHL Hockey Season Without Cable

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The new NHL season has gotten underway, and this year, the way you can watch Hockey has changed quite a bit. Thanks to ESPN+ securing a new contract with the NHL, you’ll be able to watch out-of-market games on ESPN+. Join as we outline how you can watch your favorite teams all season long, throughout the 82-game season and into the Stanley Cup Playoffs next spring.

The NHL has seen plenty of other changes over the off-season as well. Including a brand-new team in Seattle, called the Kraken. Like usual with expansions, this team includes a collection of players that were taken away from other teams. They will, of course, join the Western Conference.

Here’s how you can watch the NHL this season without cable.

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What networks do I need to watch the NHL?

Games will be available on ESPN, TBS and TNT. They will no longer be available on NBC’s family of networks. TNT will broadcast 50 NHL games, which include the Winter Classic, Stadium Series and Heritage Classic. ESPN or ABC will air about 25 games, which includes half of the playoffs and the entirety of the Stanley Cup Finals. Then we have ESPN and Hulu with 75 exclusive matchups.

Of course, for in-market games, you will still be able to watch on your regional sports network. As we have outlined below.

 

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NHL TeamNetworkDIRECTV Stream
Sign Up
$69
Fubo TV
Free Trial
$65
Hulu + Live TV
Free Trial
$65
Sling TV
Free Trial
$35
YouTube TV
Free Trial
$65
Anaheim DucksBally Sports SoCalXXXX
Arizona CoyotesBally Sports ArizonaXXXX
Boston BruinsNESNXXX
Buffalo SabresMSGXXX
Carolina HurricanesBally Sports SouthXXXX
Chicago BlackhawksNBC Sports ChicagoX
Colorado AvalancheAltitudeXXXX
Columbus Blue JacketsBally Sports OhioXXXX
Dallas StarsNBC Sports SouthwestXXXX
Detroit Red WingsBally Sports DetroitXXXX
Florida PanthersBally Sports FloridaXXXX
Los Angeles KingsBally Sports WestXXXX
Minnesota WildBally Sports NorthXXXX
Nashville PredatorsBally Sports SouthXXXX
New Jersey DevilsMSG PlusXXX
New York IslandersMSG PlusXXX
New York RangersMSGXXX
Philadelphia FlyersNBC Sports PhiladelphiaXX
Pittsburgh PenguinsAT&T SportsNet PittsburghXXX
San Jose SharksNBC Sports CaliforniaX
Seattle KrakenRoot Sports NorthwestXXX
St. Louis BluesBally Sports MidwestXXXX
Tampa Bay LightningBally Sports SunXXXX
Vegas Golden KnightsAT&T SportsNet Rocky MountainXXXX
Washington CapitalsNBC Sports WashingtonX

ESPN+

As noted, ESPN+ as well as Hulu, are going to stream a number of games this season. And for just $7 per month, it’s probably going to be worth it. It’ll carry all out-of-market games, plus 75 exclusive games this season. Though, blackout restrictions do still apply.

This is a good price, as you can get a year of ESPN+ for $70, and this would have cost you $145 with NHL TV in the past.

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ESPN+

DIRECTV Stream

DIRECTV Stream is the new name for AT&T TV and previously DIRECTV Now, and it is the only option for most of these regional sports networks. It offers all of them, except for NBC Sports Philadelphia which is a bit odd. But, they are only available in the “Choice” package which will cost $85 per month.

It also has ESPN, TBS and TNT, so you’ll be able to watch the televised national games this season as well.

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DIRECTV Stream

Hulu with Live TV

Hulu with Live TV does offer the majority of these national networks. Including ESPN, TBS and TNT. Unfortunately, it does not offer most regional sports networks, as you can see from the table above.

It costs $65 per month, and it also includes a load of other sports networks. You can check out which networks are available in your area by putting in your ZIP Code. It also has DVR available, and you can watch on two screens simultaneously.

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Hulu with Live TV

Fubo TV

Fubo TV is the go-to streaming TV service for sports fans. And that is because it has just about every sports network you can think of. However, when it comes to regional sports networks, it doesn’t have very many. It does offer ESPN, but it did lose the Turner networks recently, which means no TBS or TNT unfortunately. So while it’s meant for sports fans, it might not be the best for hockey fans.

Fubo TV

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Sling TV

Sling TV is pretty popular for its a la carte offerings. Where you can get in for as little as $30 per month, but depending on what channels you want to add, you can really raise that price. It does offer ESPN, TBS and TNT in the Sling Orange package.

However, due to Sling TV’s low price, you won’t find any regional sports networks available here. So if you are a big hockey fan and want to watch all of your home-team’s games, you’re out of luck here.

Sling TV

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YouTube TV

Then there is YouTube TV, which includes ESPN, TBS and TNT. Allowing you to watch most of the games. YouTube TV also has unlimited cloud DVR, allowing you to record all of the games if you wish, and just about anything else you’d like.

YouTube TV does offer over 85 channels, however they did lose the Bally Sports regional sports networks when Sinclair took over those networks. So there’s not a lot of RSN’s available on YouTube TV unfortunately.

YouTube TV

Wrap Up

There are some really great options to watch the 2021-22 NHL season this year. The best bet is likely going to be DIRECTV Stream and ESPN+. That is because DIRECTV Stream is the only one that has all of the regional sports networks, except for NBC Sports Philadelphia for some reason.