Another season of hockey is coming to an end, but the most exciting moments are yet to come. On May 27, the St. Louis Blues and the Boston Bruins will take to the ice to battle it out for the NHL’s top prize, the Stanley Cup. On one side, the come-from-behind Blues will be challenging for the Cup for the first time in 49 years, making the stakes awfully high. On the other, the Bruins hope to ride goalie Tuukka Rask’s resurgence and the Patriots and the Red Sox recent success in bringing gold back to Boston.
The best-of-seven series should be great — if you can watch it. The NHL doesn’t make it easy for you to watch the Stanley Cup online, especially if you recently ditched cable or don’t own a TV at all. Don’t sweat it. Here are a few options that’ll ensure that you don’t miss a single moment of the NHL finals. Put on your favorite sweater, sit back, and enjoy — but don’t forget your wallet. You’re going to need it.
Good news and bad news: While the NBC Sports app (and the accompanying website) will let you watch the NHL finals live in HD, and give you access to in-game highlights and post-game replays, you’ll need to sign in with an existing cable or satellite subscription to unlock the streams. That being said, you probably know someone who has a cable subscription. Hit them up for their login details, then watch away.
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. Once you learn how to use Reddit, you’ll find plenty of NHL related photos, videos, and even alternative streaming sites here, but be wary about where you click. Reddit hosts a lot of content that’s not NHL-related, and it’s not all safe for work.
Services to avoid
Like the MLB, the NFL, and most other major sporting leagues, the NHL has its own streaming service. Unfortunately, it won’t do you much good during the Stanley Cup. Like those other networks, NHL.tv blacks out games that are airing on national television, and both NBC and NBC Sports are national channels.
- ESPN+: Everything you need to know
- What is Peacock?
- What is YouTube TV? Here’s everything you need to know
- Peacock: Everything we know about NBCUniversal’s streaming video service
- Sling TV: Everything you need to know