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How to Watch the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers Live Online Without Cable

Stephanie Sengwe

Since shutting down on March 12, the NHL makes its way back onto the ice on Saturday with the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers beginning in Edmonton and Toronto.

How to Stream the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers

Starting on August 1st, three games will air on the NBC Sports Network (on their RSN locally): the New York Rangers take on the Carolina Hurricanes at 12 p.m. ET, followed by the Florida Panthers vs. the New York Islanders at 4 p.m. ET and then Winnipeg Jets will wrap up the day with their matchup against the Calgary Flames at 10:30 p.m. ET.

On NBC, the Chicago Blackhawks go up against the Edmonton Oilers at 3 p.m. ET., and the Montreal Canadiens will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins at 8 p.m. ET.

There are now five services that offer NHL Qualifying games, most of which you can try for free with a 7-Day Free Trial. The best service for you depends on whether you live near or far from your favorite team.

You can stream on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android TV, iOS, Android, and your computer.

How to Stream NHL Qualifying Round Games Locally

Most games during the NHL Qualifying Round (including round-robin games) will be available locally on your Regional Sports Network like MSG/MSG+ (Rangers & Islanders), NESN (Boston Bruins), Fox Sports Southwest (Dallas Stars), NBC Sports Chicago (Chicago Blackhawks), and AT&T Sportsnet Rocky Mountain (Vegas Golden Knights).

The best Live TV Streaming Service for you really depends on which team you follow. All but the Colorado Avalanche (Altitude) are available with at least one Live TV Streaming Service.

Your best option for most teams is Hulu Live TV, since they are the least expensive service ($55) with Fox Sports RSNs, NBC Sports RSNs, NBC, and NBCSN.

However, for certain teams, you will need another service.

How to Stream NHL Qualifying Round Games Nationally

For fans that live away from their favorite team, many games will be available nationally on NBC, NBCSN and NHL Network. Games airing on those channels will be blacked out locally.

To stream NHL Network without cable, you can subscribe to fuboTV, which has 7-Day Free Trial, or Sling TV.

You can also stream most of these games with NHL.TV, which is available for $3.99 (one team) or $4.99 (all teams). In addition to local telecasts, games on NBC or primetime games on NBCSN/NHL Network will be blacked out on NHL.TV.

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What Streaming Services Carry Each NHL Team?

Depending on your favorite team, certain services will be better for you based on which regional sports networks they carry.

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Anaheim Ducks
Fox Sports Prime Ticket
Arizona Coyotes
Fox Sports Arizona Plus
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
Carolina Hurricanes
Fox Sports Carolinas
Chicago Blackhawks
NBC Sports Chicago
Colorado Avalanche
Columbus Blue Jackets
Fox Sports Ohio
Dallas Stars
Fox Sports Southwest
Detroit Red Wings
Fox Sports Detroit
Florida Panthers
Fox Sports Florida
Los Angeles Kings
Fox Sports West
Minnesota Wild
Fox Sports Wisconsin
Nashville Predators
Fox Sports Tennessee
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
NBC Sports Philadelphia
Pittsburgh Penguins
AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
San Jose Sharks
NBC Sports California
St. Louis Blues
Fox Sports Midwest
Tampa Bay Lightning
Fox Sports Sun
Vegas Golden Knights
AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain
Washington Capitals
NBC Sports Washington

As with other leagues, the NHL has limited the amount teams qualified to come back. The hockey league has opted to have a 24-team tournament, with 12 teams from each conference playing in empty arenas in Toronto (for the East) and Edmonton (for the West), reports ESPN.

With empty stands, the NHL has decided to change the way the games will look in order for fans at home to remain engaged. “The NHL has essentially turned its hub arenas into large TV studios, complete with constructed stages and giant LED screens behind the player benches. Empty seats are covered with tarps with team names and NHL logos. There will be additional cameras and unique lighting,” ESPN stated.

“Hopefully everybody likes it. I know there are going to be people that just want to watch the game. And when the puck drops, for the most part, they’re just going to watch the game. We’re not messing with the game. We’re just trying to make it look pretty,” said Steve Mayer, NHL chief content officer and senior executive VP of events and entertainment.

How to Stream the NHL’s 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers Live on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS and Android

There are six major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. Check the chart below to see which providers will allow you to watch the NHL return to the ice live on NBCSN using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast and Web.

Photo credit: NHL Facebook page

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All Live TV Streaming Options


Price: $60
Includes: NBC Sports Network and NBC + 30 Top Cable Channels

Add-on: $11 Sports Plus
Includes: NHL Network

Sling TV

Price: $30
Includes: NBC Sports Network and NBC + 25 Top Cable Channels

Add-on: $10 Sports Extra
Includes: NHL Network

Hulu Live TV

Price: $55
Includes: NBC Sports Network and NBC + 26 Top Cable Channels

YouTube TV

Price: $65
Includes: NBC Sports Network and NBC + 31 Top Cable Channels


Price: $55
Includes: NBC Sports Network and NBC + 23 Top Cable Channels

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