In the National Hockey League (NHL), each of the league’s 32 teams competes for a chance to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. The league’s final two teams compete in a best-of-seven series where the winner gets to raise the Stanley Cup at the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Stanley Cup trophy is the oldest trophy in all of North American professional sports. It dates back to 1892 and is named after Lord Stanley of Preston, who was the Governor General of Canada. Pro teams didn’t become eligible for the championship until 1906. The trophy became a staple of the NHL in 1926 and it remains the ultimate goal for every player, team, and franchise until this day.
The Montreal Canadiens lead all NHL teams with 24 Stanley Cup victories and they have the most appearances with 35. As far as franchises in the United States, the Detroit Red Wings have 24 appearances with 11 wins. The Bruins have the most Stanley Cup Finals losses with 14, but they’ve hoisted the trophy 6 times.
Hockey fans who want to ditch the rising prices of cable TV can find out how to watch the Stanley Cup Finals without cable, below.
What Channels Air the Stanley Cup Finals?
The NHL reached two media rights agreements back in 2021. The new agreement brought the NHL to Turner Sports, which includes TNT, TBS, and HBO Max, and a deal with Disney which includes ABC, ESPN, Hulu, and ESPN+.
As part of the rights agreement, TNT and ABC are the home of the Stanley Cup Finals, with the finals airing on TNT in odd years and on ABC in even years.
How to Watch the Stanley Cup Finals Live Without Cable
TNT or ABC will air the Stanley Cup Finals live depending on the year, and NHL fans can stream the action on the ice live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, and other compatible devices with a subscription to live TV streaming service.
DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV carry TNT and ABC.
ABC is available to stream on Fubo and Vidgo, however, they do not offer TNT.
If you’re looking to save money, you can watch the Stanley Cup Finals during even years on ABC for free by using an antenna and AntennaWeb is a great tool to find out which ABC affiliates are in your area.
Watch the Stanley Cup Finals Live on DIRECTV STREAM
With DIRECTV STREAM you can stream the crowing of the next NHL champion during the Stanley Cup Finals. The Entertainment package includes ABC, TNT, and over 75 channels for only $74.99 per month. There are no contracts, no hidden fees, and a subscription includes unlimited cloud DVR storage, so you can record each game during the finals.
New subscribers can take advantage of a 5-day free trial before subscribing.
Watch the Stanley Cup Finals Live on Hulu + Live TV
With over 85 channels, Hulu + Live TV is the perfect service to stream NHL games. You can watch the Stanley Cup Finals on ABC or TNT, plus out-of-market NHL games on ESPN+, unlimited access to the Hulu library, and Disney+ for $69.99 per month. Plus, you can record your favorite shows and sporting events for up to 9 months with unlimited DVR storage.
Watch the Stanley Cup Finals Live on Fubo
Watch the final two teams compete for a chance to hoist the Stanley Cup during the Stanley Cup Finals and over 100 sporting events with the Pro plan from Fubo. The plan includes ABC, so you can watch the Stanley Cup Finals in even years, and over 140 channels for only $74.99 per month. The service doesn’t carry TNT at this time but you can relive your favorite moments during the series, and rewatch your favorite shows with 1000 hours and Cloud DVR space.
Watch the Stanley Cup Finals Live on Sling TV
One of the most affordable ways to watch the Stanley Cup Finals on TNT and ABC (in select markets) is with Sling Blue. At the low price of $40 per month, subscribers can watch the NHL’s final two teams compete for a championship during the Stanley Cup Finals and over 40 channels with 50 hours of DVR storage to record the biggest moments of the night.
Watch the Stanley Cup Finals Live on Vidgo
Catch the Stanley Cup Finals on ABC during even years with the Plus plan from Vidgo. For $69.99 per month, you can stream over 110+ live channels, on-demand, and record the event with DVR.
Watch Stanley Cup Finals Live on YouTube TV
Stream over 100 channels, including the Stanley Cup Finals NHL on ABC 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 the ability to share 6 accounts per household.