Hockey is probably the last sport you’d think of during the dog days of summer, but in this most unusual year, the NHL is back on the ice in August. Instead of resuming its regular season, which was suspended in March, the NHL jumped straight to the Stanley Cup playoffs with 24 of its 31 teams.
Similar to the NHL resumed play in two hub cities. The Eastern Conference teams play in Toronto, and the Western Conference teams in Edmonton, Alberta. The Stanley Cup Finals will also be held in Edmonton., the
Here’s what cord-cutters need to know to watch all the Stanley Cup playoff action.
What’s the schedule for today?
Dubbed the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, the initial games of the restarted NHL schedule over the last couple of weeks determined which teams advanced to the round of 16, which started last week. All series are best of seven games. Here’s the schedule for today:
Friday, Aug. 21
- Philadelphia Flyers vs. Montreal Canadiens (PHI leads 3-2), 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT) on NBCSN
- St. Louis Blues vs. Vancouver Canucks (VAN 3-2), 9:45 p.m. ET (6:45 p.m. PT) on NBCSN
The six other first-round series are over. In the East, the Tampa Bay Lightning eliminated the Columbus Blue Jackets, the Boston Bruins eliminated the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Islanders eliminated the Washington Capitals. In the West, the Las Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks, the Colorado Avalanche eliminated the Arizona Coyotes and the Dallas Stars eliminated the Calgary Flames.
How can I watch the Stanley Cup playoffs on TV?
In the US, playoff games will be shown nationally on NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NHL Network and USA Network. If you’re a fan of your local team, you’ll be able to watch most games on your team’s regional sports network — a regional Fox Sports or NBC Sports channel in most cases, such as Fox Sports Midwest for St. Louis Blues games, MSG for Rangers or Islanders fans in the New York area or NBC Sports Washington for Capitals games.
Depending on where you live, one of the major live TV streaming services could carry the local RSN that broadcasts your local team’s games. Not every service carries every RSN or local network such as NBC, however, and some teams aren’t available on any live TV streaming service, so check each one using the links below to make sure it carries the network you want in your area. I’ve also included information for NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NHL Network and USA Network for national hockey broadcasts.
Sling TV’s $30-a-month Sling Blue package includes local NBC Sports RSNs, but not Fox Sports RSNs. Sling Blue also includes NBCSN and USA Network. NBC is also a part of Sling Blue but can be watched live in only a handful of markets. The $10-a-month Sports Extra add-on includes NHL Network, and the $5-a-month New Extra add-on includes CNBC.
FuboTV costs $60 a month and includes Fox and NBC Sports RSNs along with NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network. You can get NHL Network for an extra $11 a month with the Sports Plus add-on. Click here to see which local channels you get.
Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes Fox and NBC Sports RSNs. It also features NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network but not NHL Network. Click the “View channels in your area” link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code.
YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes Fox and NBC Sports RSNs along with NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network but not NHL Network. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area.
AT&T Now TV Now’s $55-a-month Plus package includes NBC, NBCSN, CNBC and USA Network, but you’ll need to spring for the $80-a-month Max package to also receive your local Fox or NBC Sports RSN. Neither plan features NHL Network. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live.
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