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After the first full 82-game regular season in three years, it’s finally time for the NHL’s top 16 teams to compete for the Stanley Cup.
The Florida Panthers enter the 2022 NHL Playoffs with the most regular season points (122), followed by the Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes and Toronto Maple Leafs, in that order. Whether the Panthers maintain their momentum, the Tampa Bay Lightning win their third straight championship, or the Maple Leafs win their first Cup since 1967, it’s bound to be an exciting playoff season no matter your team.
Of course, you’ll need a way to catch all the live action. Below, we’ve covered how to watch the NHL playoffs online, as well as a few ways to stream the NHL playoffs for free online.
2022 NHL Playoff Dates
The NHL playoffs began May 2 and will run through the end of June. A team will win the Stanley Cup trophy no later than June 30.
How to Buy NHL Playoff Tickets Online
Now that hockey arenas have reopened to fans, it’s a good time to book tickets for NHL playoff games.
If you’re looking to buy hockey tickets online, head over to Vivid Seats. The website offers NHL tickets from all major arenas, including authentic resale tickets when games sell out. Just be sure to note all Covid related safety protocols as they are different for each arena.
How to Watch the NHL Playoffs on TV
Want to watch the NHL playoffs on TV? Tune into ESPN, ESPN2, TBS or TNT. Turner Networks and ESPN share postseason broadcasts in the United States, but only ESPN will air the Stanley Cup Finals.
How to watch the NHL playoffs online without cable
If you don’t have cable, you can still stream the NHL playoffs online. Below are some streaming services that will allow you to watch the NHL playoffs live online, with broadcasts of every game.
1. Stream the NHL Playoffs on DirecTV Stream
DirecTV Stream turns a traditional cable package into a streaming service, allowing you to access live TV channels on smart devices, laptops and tablets. With live hockey streams on ESPN, TNT, and TBS, DirecTV Stream is one of the best ways to watch the NHL playoffs online without cable.
DirecTV Stream starts at $69.99 per month (after a five-day free trial) and gives you over 65 live TV channels.
2. Stream the NHL Playoffs on fuboTV
FuboTV is another great live streaming service to watch the NHL playoffs online. The service has live ESPN coverage, allowing you to stream the NHL playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final (which will only be available on ESPN). fuboTV costs $69.99 per month, but starts with a generous seven-day free trial before you pay.
3. Stream the NHL Playoffs on ESPN+
The cheapest way to watch the NHL playoffs online is ESPN+. For just $6.99 a month, you can stream NHL playoff games live on smart TVs, laptops, smartphones, and any other smart device. ESPN+ will be especially useful when you need to watch the NHL Finals on ESPN.
4. Stream the NHL Playoffs on Sling
One of our favorite live TV streaming services is Sling, which gives you live access to ESPN, TNT and TBS. It’s an easy way to watch the NHL playoffs online in real time and costs just $35 per month. Even better, Sling is currently offering new members 50% off their first month, bringing your first bill down to just $17.50.
How to watch the NHL playoffs for free online
If you want to watch the NHL playoffs for free online, take advantage of fuboTV’s seven-day free trial and DirecTV Stream’s five-day free trial. While you can’t watch the entire NHL playoffs for free, you can stream a few hockey playoff games for free during both trial windows.
NHL playoff standings, 2022 schedule
The current NHL playoff standings have the Panthers, Hurricanes, Avalanche and Flames leading each division. With 122 regular season points, the Panthers are the No. 1 seed overall. But, as each team brings its best A game to the playoffs, even the best teams will struggle to win the Stanley Cup.
When it comes to the NHL playoff schedule in the first round, fans can expect multiple games each day. Head over to NHL.com to see the full, updated Stanley Cup Playoff schedule.