The 11th of April marks the beginning of the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Penguins will be looking to defend their title amidst a horde of other contenders. The Washington Capitals look very promising having won the President’s Cup. The only alternative for fans looking to watch the games without cable and without having to view all the games from a bar is streaming 2018 NHL playoffs online.
NBC Sports Live
NBC is one of the networks with broadcasting rights for the NHL games. The games are available on XBOX, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. You can download the NBC sports app on Apple’s App Store, Google Play, and Microsoft. NBC Sports Live is an excellent choice as it has schedules games, full event replays, and match highlights.
For about $100, you can get an annual subscription to NHL TV, which offers you access to all NHL games within the year. However, if you are only looking to watch 2018 NHL playoffs, then you should spring for the Stanley Cup playoffs pass for $74.99. You can also get a subscription for access to only one team’s games, which gives you better control over your viewing experience. NHL TV assures fans of real-time game highlights and both home and away broadcast options. You can view the games with different camera angles as well as mosaic view which lets you stream up to four games at a time. The only issue is with the blackouts. If a match is aired on your local area television channels, then it will not be available live on NHL TV. However, after 48 hours, the game replays will be available in the NHL TV game archives.
Sling TV is one of the cheapest options to watch the NHL playoffs without cable. You can stream most of the games with Sling TV’s Blue package which offers 40 channels including both national and regional sports networks. The package goes for $25 per month. With FOX sports regional network, you can stream the games covered within your region. With these live streaming services, you can pretty much watch any playoffs game online on your mobile or desktop device.
Direct TV Now
Direct TV Now works similarly to Sling TV. Although Direct TV Now pricier, you get more channels than those offered on Sling TV or YouTube TV. A $60 monthly subscription gets you all the NHL broadcasting channels together with CNBC. If you are an AT&T customer, you get the Unlimited Streaming Plus which allows you to spend less for more content. You can try out their seven-day free trial when the playoffs kick off.
This is yet another streaming service that offers you access to multiple NHL broadcasting channels. For $40 a month, you gain access to over 60 channels with some offering streams of NHL playoff games including Fox, NBC, CNBC, among others. YouTube TV offers a 7-day free trial as well.
While many sites offer streams of the NHL playoffs, you have to check to ensure that you are not swindled, exposed to online threats such as hackers and that you get quality content for your money. The best options, therefore, are the sites listed above.