How to Watch the NHL Playoffs If You’re a Cord-Cutter

Stanley Cup season is here. Now more than ever, you don’t need an expensive cable package to be in on all the fun. There are many ways to watch the NHL postseason if you are a cord-cutter. Here’s how:

NBC

NBC is the place to be for most of the Playoff Games. After the success of running their sports app during the Olympics, they are set to do it again. While on the NBC app, you can also check out classic TV shows for free there as well.

Antenna

Antennas have come a long way from the days of tin foil. If the app isn’t your thing, perhaps an antenna can be. Go to AntennaRecommendations.com to find the NBC signal for your outdoor antenna.

Apple TV, Roku, Fire TV

These three devices need to have the following apps downloaded:

  • CNBC
  • The Golf Channel
  • NBC
  • NBCSN
  • NHL Network
  • USA Network

Sling TV

This is the cheapest of the paid subscription services if you are an NHL fan. With the Blue Package, you need to have the Sports Add-On and News Add-On for $40 a month. That will cover all the channels listed above. See if it’s right for you by signing up for the Sling TV 7-day free trial.

DIRECTV NOW

This runs at $60 per month, but has all the channels listed above. However, if you are an AT&T Unlimited Subscriber, you are eligible for a $15 discount, bringing the bill total to $45. Like Sling TV, DIRECTV NOW also has a 7-day free trial.

Thanks to Cord Cutter News, here is the schedule to-date:

 

 

Date Coverage Network Time (ET)
Wed., April 11 Game 1 – (3) Philadelphia at (2) Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (3) Minnesota at (2) Winnipeg CNBC 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (WC1) Los Angeles at (1) Vegas NBCSN 10 p.m.
Thur., April 12 Game 1 – (WC2) New Jersey at (1) Tampa Bay NHL Network 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (3) Toronto at (2) Boston NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 1 – (WC1) Columbus at (1) Washington USA Network 7:30 p.m.
Game 1 – (WC2) Colorado at (1) Nashville NBCSN 9:30 p.m.
Game 1 – (3) San Jose at (2) Anaheim USA Network 10:30 p.m.
Fri., April 13 Game 2 – (3) Philadelphia at (2) Pittsburgh NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 2 – (3) Minnesota at (2) Winnipeg USA Network 7:30 p.m.
Game 2 – (WC1) Los Angeles at (1) Vegas NBCSN 10 p.m.
Sat., April 14 Game 2 – (WC2) New Jersey at (1) Tampa Bay NBC^ 3 p.m.
Game 2 – (WC2) Colorado at (1) Nashville NBC^ 3 p.m.
Game 2 – (3) Toronto at (2) Boston NBC 8 p.m.
Game 2 – (3) San Jose at (2) Anaheim NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Sun., April 15 Game 3 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) Philadelphia NBC 3 p.m.
Game 3 – (2) Winnipeg at (3) Minnesota USA Network 7 p.m.
Game 2 – (WC1) Columbus at (1) Washington NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – (1) Vegas at (WC1) Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Mon., April 16 Game 3 – (2) Boston at (3) Toronto NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 3 – (1) Tampa Bay at (WC2) New Jersey CNBC 7:30 p.m.
Game 3 – (1) Nashville at (WC2) Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Game 3 – (2) Anaheim at (3) San Jose CNBC 10:30 p.m.
Tues., April 17 Game 3 – (1) Washington at (WC1) Columbus NBCSN 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – (2) Winnipeg at (3) Minnesota CNBC 8 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) Vegas at (WC1) Los Angeles NBCSN 10:30 p.m.
Wed., April 18 Game 4 – (2) Pittsburgh at (3) Philadelphia NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) Tampa Bay at (WC2) New Jersey Golf Channel 7:30 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) Nashville at (WC2) Colorado NBCSN 10 p.m.
Game 4 – (2) Anaheim at (3) San Jose Golf Channel 10 p.m.
Thur., April 19 Game 4 – (2) Boston at (3) Toronto NBCSN 7 p.m.
Game 4 – (1) Washington at (WC1) Columbus USA Network 7:30 p.m.
Game 5* – (WC1) Los Angeles at (1) Vegas NBCSN 10 p.m.

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