How to Watch Live NHL Games in 2023 Without Cable TV




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The 2023-24 NHL season begins today, and hockey fans have more ways than ever to stream live games on the ice. From every assist, score, and body check the excitement of the NHL is something that fans clamore for during all 1,312 games.

The Nashville Predators visiting the Tampa Bay Lightning will start things off in the first game of an Opening Night tripleheader. The Chicago Blackhawk and the top overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and generational prospect Connor Bedard will directly follow as they travel to take on all-time great Sidney Crosby and the Pittsburgh Penguins. The night game will be between the newest teams in the league when the defending champion Vegas Golden Knights host the Seattle Kraken.

Luckily, you don’t have to spend a fortune to watch live NHL games in 2023, and you can find out how below.

How to Watch Live NHL Games in 2023 Without Cable

ESPN and Turner Sports networks make up the NHL’s national broadcasting partners and you can stream live games on ABC, ESPN, and TNT. The NHL Network will air live games throughout the regular season as well.  ESPN+ will be the official home to live out-of-market games and  Hulu will also stream select games. Plus, Max will simulstream games that air on TNT.

If you’re looking to save money, you can watch the live games on the ice on ABC for free by using an antenna and AntennaWeb is a great tool to find out which ABC affiliates are in your area.

For fans, who want to stream their local team, you’ll need a streaming service that carries their in-market Regional Sports Network (RSN). You can find out which RSN carries your local team at the bottom of the page.

Watch NHL games live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and other compatible devices with a subscription to a live TV streaming service, including, DIRECTV STREAMFuboSling TVHulu + Live TVVidgo, and YouTube TV

Find out all the ways you can stream live NHL games this season, below.

Watch NHL Games Live on DIRECTV STREAM

The NHL regular season can be found on DIRECTV STREAM. The Ultimate package includes numerous RSNs for in-market fans and nationally televised games on ABC, ESPN, NHL Network, and TNT, plus over 140 channels for only $109.99 per month.

For a limited time, new subscribers can get the Ultimate plan for only $99.99 per month for the first three months before the price changes to $119.99 per month for new and existing customers on November 5.

There are no contracts, no hidden fees, and a subscription includes unlimited cloud DVR storage and unlimited device streams in your home.

New subscribers can take advantage of a 5-day free trial before subscribing.


Watch NHL Games Live on Sling TV

One of the most affordable ways to watch the live NHL games throughout the upcoming season on TNT, ESPN, and ABC (in select markets) is with Sling Orange & Blue. At the low price of $55 per month, subscribers can watch the best teams compete on the ice and over 40 channels with 50 hours of DVR storage to record the biggest moments with the puck.

With the Sports Extra add-on, live games and 24/7 coverage of the best professional hockey league is available to stream on NHL Network, plus 10 other sports channels for an extra $11 per month.

Sign up for Sling TV

Watch NHL Games Live on Fubo

Watch NHL teams compete for a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup at season’s end and over 100 sporting events with the Pro plan from Fubo. The plan includes many in-market RSNs, ESPN’s family of networks, and ABC, so you can watch live NHL games and over 140 channels for only $74.99 per month. Relive your favorite moments during the games and rewatch your favorite shows with 1000 hours and Cloud DVR space.

With the Fubo Extra add-on, you can unlock more games on NHL Network for an additional $7.99 per month. However, Fubo doesn’t carry Turner Networks, so you won’t be able to stream those games.

Fubo does charge a Regional Sports Fee for those who live in the market of a Regional Sports Network. If you live in the market of one RSN then the fee is an additional $10.99/month and if you live near two or more RSNs the fee is $13.99 per month.

Fubo has a 7-day trial which is a great way to watch live NHL games for free before making your decision.

Sign up for Fubo

Watch NHL Games Live on ESPN+

ESPN+ is the home of out-of-market NHL games. The service streams hundreds of NHL games live for only $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year if you sign up before October 12. After October 12, the price changes to $10.99 per month or $109.99 per year. With ESPN+, not only can stream live NHL games, but the platform offers thousands of hours of live sports, including the PGA, UFC, MLB, NFL, and much more.

Sign up for ESPN+

Watch NHL Games Live on Hulu + Live TV

TNT, TBS, ESPN’s networks, ABC, and over 85 channels are available on Hulu + Live TV for $69.99 per month. The service offers unlimited access to the Hulu library, Disney+, and live out-of-market games on ESPN+ for no additional charge. The platform offers live in-market games on numerous RSNs, however, NHL Network is not carried on the service. Record your favorite shows and sporting events for up to 9 months with unlimited DVR storage.

Sign up for Hulu + Live TV

Watch NHL Games Live on Vidgo

The upcoming season of NHL games that air on ABC, ESPN, and NHL Network are available to stream with the Plus plan from Vidgo. Turner Sports networks are not available on the service but for $69.99 per month, you can stream over 110+ live channels, on-demand, and record with DVR.

Sign up for Vidgo

Watch NHL Games Live on YouTube TV

Stream over 100 channels, including live NHL games on select RSNs, ABC, ESPN’s networks, and TNT with YouTube TV for only $72.99 per month. The service includes unlimited DVR, which will allow you to rewatch each body check and goal and share 6 accounts per household.

Sign up for YouTube TV

How to Watch NHL Games Live on Max

Max subscribers can stream the simulcast of any NHL game on TNT or TBS with the B/R Sports add-on. A base Max subscription is required and for an additional $9.99 per month, you can stream live sports from the NHL, NBA, MLB, March Madness, and USA Soccer.

Sign up for Max

How to Watch Your Favorite NHL Team Without Cable

You can find out how to stream each one of the NHL’s teams live on their RSN, below.

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