The regular 2019 NHL season has ended, but for many hockey fans this means that they can finally get excited because no other sport does the season season like the NHL – and we have to be sure that you won't miss a single moment with a moment with the TechRadar guide to getting an NHL live stream for this year's playoffs.
The best 16 teams in the competition (eight each from the Western and Eastern Conference) face each other in a best-of-seven series. From there, the best teams in each conference compete against each other with the winners of the conference finals to the Stanley Cup Final.
To keep you informed of all the action, here are the first round of matchups:
In the Eastern Conference, the Tampa Bay Lightning will enter the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Boston Bruins will rise against the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Capitals of Washington will take on the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins. During the Western Conference, the Calgary Flames will take on the Colorado Avalanche, the San Jose Sharks will rise against the Vegas Golden Knights, the Nashville Predators will take on the Dallas Stars and eventually the Winnipeg Jets will rise against the St. Louis Blues.
Whether you are a die-hard hockey fan following the NHL season all season or just tuning in to catch all the action at the playoffs, we'll show you how to follow the 22019 playoffs online with an NHL live stream from anywhere in the world.
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How to view the 2019 NHL Playoffs online from outside your country
If you live in the US, Canada or the UK and you want to know how to grab a live stream of Stanley Cup Playoffs from 2019, keep scrolling and we'll tell you what you can see best.
But if you cannot watch because you are not in your own country and your coverage is geo-blocked, then we can propose a smart alternative (and no, it does not mean that you will find an unreliable feed on Reddit). With help from a VPN – or Virtual Private Network – you can change the IP address to another country or another country with a stream, so that you can watch the NHL Stanley Cup play-offs anywhere in the world. The process is very simple …
Watch the NHL playoffs on TV in the US.
If you live in the US and want to watch the NHL play-offs on television, you unfortunately have your work in front because all Stanley Cup games are broadcast on NBC networks. That's right, not only on NBC itself, but also on a number of networks owned by the company. This means that you need a combination of NBC, NBCSN (NBC Sports Net), CNBC, USA Network and NHL Network. To make matters more complicated, NBC will also broadcast some games on the Golf Channel if there are planning conflicts.
The channels that the games show also change depending on which round of play-offs we are in. The first round will be shown in NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, US and the NHL network, while the second and third round will take place on NBC and NBCSN. . Finally, the Stanley Cup finals are shown on NBC.
This should not be too difficult for cable subscribers, but if you prefer to watch the games online or on your mobile devices, NBCSports will have live streams of the games on its website or on the NBC Sports app. You must specify your cable references to access these streams, but you can always set an a digital antenna to view NBC over-the-air for free.
If you'd rather not sign up for a premium cable subscription to watch the Stanley Cup and play-offs, we recommend that you go with one of the many TV streaming services, as these give you access to the channels you need to watch hockey without the high costs.
For your convenience, we have listed all the streaming services with the channels you need to view the NHL playoffs below.
- Hulu with Live TV $ 44.99 per month – Hulu with Live TV gives you access to NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the US, but not to the NHL network. The service supports a wide range of streaming devices and even includes its own Hulu Originals in case you want a break in watching hockey.
- Playstation Vue from $ 44.99 per month – the Playstation Vue Access plan gives you access to NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the US, but again not to NHL Network. However, a 5-day free trial version is available.
- DirecTV Now $ 50 per month – DirecTV Now ' s Plus package comes with NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the US but does not include the NHL network. You can stream on up to three screens simultaneously and with the DirecTV Now app you can watch live TV while on the move. New customers can take advantage of a seven-day trial period, but you will first have to purchase a package from DirecTV Now.
- Sling TV from $ 15 per month – the Blue package from Sling TV & gives you access to NBC, NBCSN and the US, although you need to add the $ 5 News Extra and $ 5 Sports Extra packages to your subscription to play games on CNBC and the NHL view Network.
- fuboTV $ 44.99 for the first month – fuboTV gives you access to NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the US, but not to the NHL network. The service also includes Cloud DVR, so you can record games for later viewing and if you forget to record a game, with the company's 3-day repeat, you can watch almost any game, show or movie in the played again in the last three days. . FuboTV even offers a free 7-day trial period, so you can try out the service.
- YouTube TV $ 49.99 per month – YouTube TV gives you access to NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and the US, but not to the NHL network. With YouTube TV you get free unlimited DVR storage space to record games for later and you can simultaneously stream the service on three devices. There is also a free 14-day trial version available so you can try it out for yourself.
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View and live NHL playoffs in Canada
If you live in Canada and want to watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV, you can go to Sportsnet. The TV coverage of the network is available on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 360, Sportsnet ONE and CBC. However, if you want to stream the games live on your computer or mobile devices, you can do so by signing in with your cable references on the computer. CBCSports website or on the CBC Sports app Android and iOS.
If you are not a cable subscriber, we recommend that you choose one of the above streaming services if you only want to view the Stanley Cup play-offs.
However, if you are also a big Canadian fan of the Hockey League, Sportsnet has its own streaming service available SNNow for just $ 20 a month that shows more than 300 NHL games, as well as NHL, NBA, MLB, CHL, WWE and more that are worth watching.
View the NHL playoffs in the UK
Unfortunately for hockey fans in the UK, Premier Sports is the only way to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs on TV.
To gain access to Premier Sports 1 & 2 you must sign up via Sky for £ 9.99 per month or £ 99 per year, Virgin Media for £ 9.99 per month or with the network's own Premier Player for £ 9.99 a month. Premier Sports has an offer where you can get the first month for free with the promotion code FIRSTMONTHFREE, but even then you only get access to 15 NHL games per week.
On the other hand, you can try one of the above streaming services and if all else fails, you can always connect to a VPN and change your IP address to one in the US.