The NHL postseason is underway and it’s arguably the most open-ended postseason in years. The Bruins and Kings are strangely absent, which leaves Lord Stanley’s Cup up for grabs for teams like the Chicago Blackhawks and the Anaheim Ducks, who are looking to stay hot until June.
When it comes to checking out the action, there are plenty of roadblocks facing many fans. Maybe you’ve recently ditched cable, or don’t even own a TV at all. Whatever the case, we’ve put together this comprehensive guide for catching every game of the 2015 NHL postseason. Put on your favorite sweater, here’s your (digital) entry to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. And while you’re at it, check out the complete broadcast schedule.
NBC Live Extra will broadcast the majority of the NHL Playoffs. The service will broadcast in HD quality with in-game highlights and post game replays. You’ll have to verify that you pay for a cable or satellite subscription here, which isn’t the hardest thing to bypass considering you probably know a few people with a valid cable subscription.
USA Network happens to be owned by NBCUniversal (which happens to be owned by Comcast), and the cable network is also getting in on the playoff hockey action with a handful of games. USA is slated to air Tuesday and Wednesday games. NBC’s viewing policy also applies to USA: you’ll have to enter a valid username and password from a pay-TV subscription to gain access.
For the first time ever, Rogers Game Centre is streaming the playoffs in Canada. The playoff subscription costs $75, which grants complete access to every game, plus a slew of additional features including toggling between six in-game cameras. And if you don’t live in Canada, well, a VPN could come in handy there. Here are three we enjoy.
Questionable streaming sites
There are a wide variety of “other” online streaming sites which provide live streaming NHL hockey. These sites provide multiple streams, but most of them come packed with spam, malware, and pop-ups. We don’t recommend these sites.
Sites like First Row Sports or VIPBox Sports are some of the most popular picks when it comes to watching streams of sporting events online. While these might be of use, the hassle of having to avoid spam and deal with low quality streams can make these services more of an inconvenience than a benefit.
As a rule of thumb, never click on any link which asks you to download any HD Players, update your streaming software, or install any “required” media players. These are often just spam links which could infect your computer with malware.
There are plenty of Apps available to help you stay up to date, as well. The official NHL app is one of the best. And, fortunately, baseline services will give you live stats, in-game video updates, and a complete radio broadcast of every game. The app also includes tons of other features like post-game video highlights and customized game alerts.
An incredible resource for almost anything, Reddit has tons of relevant (and irrelevant) NHL information. Reddit’s loyal user base generates the site’s wealth of content, which can be equal parts blessing and curse. You’ll find plenty of NHL related photos, videos, and even alternative streaming sites here, but again, be wary about where you click.
Sure, Reddit is an excellent resource for anything and everything about Hockey. But if you’re not careful, you can also spend hours looking at wolf photos and finding little known facts about J.R.R. Tolkien. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.