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The puck drops next week for the NHL playoffs as teams compete for the coveted Stanley Cup. With the first round starting May 2, teams will battle in a best of 7 series with the champion being crowned in late June. The Tampa Bay Lightning will look to continue their playoff success after winning it all the last two seasons. Check out the entire playoff schedule on 


As this is the first year of a new media rights deal, the NHL postseason TV schedule is completely different from past seasons. TNT will broadcast the first three rounds of the playoffs with ESPN or ABC airing the remaining games and the finals. The good news is that you don’t need cable to watch the playoffs. If you’re looking to watch every big hit, assist, and goal we have you covered with the best way to watch all the action with New York’s fastest fiber Internet. 

Streaming Options 

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ESPN Plus 

This streaming service is fantastic for casual viewers and a must-have for diehard fans. It costs $7 per month or $70 per year, and it includes all out-of-market games as well as up to 75 ESPN-produced telecasts every year.  

Even better for hockey enthusiasts, ESPN Plus recently signed a deal to broadcast 130 games from Russia’s best hockey league, the Kontinental Hockey League, including playoffs and the Gagarin Cup finals. This is in addition to ESPN’s coverage of NCAA college hockey.  

Hulu Plus Live TV 

This service costs $70 a month and carries four regional sports networks for hockey along with ESPN, ABC, TBS, and TNT, but not NHL Network. The service now also includes the Disney Bundle, which comes with ESPN Plus and Disney Plus. 

DirecTV Stream 

A live TV streaming service is the greatest alternative for individuals who want to watch their local hockey team without having to pay for cable or satellite TV. DirecTV Stream’s cheapest, $70-a-month Plus Package includes ESPN, ABC, TNT, and TBS. You’ll need to move up to the $90-a-month Choice Plan to get any available regional sports networks. 


For $70 per month, FuboTV offers 12 regional sports networks and includes ESPN, but not TBS — which might be a problem for some hockey fans. But you can add the NHL Network for an extra $8 a month with the Fubo Extra Package or pay for the $80-a-month Elite streaming tier that includes Fubo Extra. 

Sling TV

Sling Blue currently lacks a single regional sports network to watch hockey. You can, however, use Sling to watch some national broadcasts. Sling TV’s Orange plan includes ESPN and both plans offer TBS, but none of them gives you access to ABC. The NHL Network is available as part of the Sports Extra add-on, which costs $11 a month for either the Blue or Orange plan or $15 for the combined Orange-and-Blue plan 

YouTube TV

At $65 a month, YouTube TV offers four regional sports networks, along with all of the national broadcasts. However, it lacks the option to get the NHL Network. 

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