How to Watch NHL Online for Free?

While we all love to play hockey, we can’t do it 24/7. During your time off the ice, there is a good chance that one of your favorite things is to watch your NHL team play their games. Watching the pros is not only entertaining, but it can help you improve your game, too.

In the past, you had to watch the game either in person or on your TV. However, today, there are many ways you can watch on your tablet, on a phone, or any other online device. It is easier than ever to watch your favorite team’s every game.

But in order to watch in this way, you normally have to pay for an account on one platform/service or another. However, there are also some ways you can watch NHL for free online, and this guide is going to go over a few of them.

1. Find Somewhere That Offers a Free Trial

One of the best ways to watch NHL online for free is to find somewhere that offers a free trial. With the many accounts and platforms that you can subscribe to, plenty of them will allow you to try their service for a bit, without having to pay a single cent.

Many of them will provide you with a one-week free trial, but some might be a little longer or may allow you to watch a game or two for free. Also, some may hold promotions that may extend the free trial, so keep that in mind.

Do some research on which streaming or subscription services have the rights to the NHL in your area, and visit their site or send them an email to see if they offer a free trial. If you enjoy the content it provides, you can then pay them for the service to continue watching games.

2. Use the Account of a Friend or Family Member

Another way to watch NHL online without having to pay for anything yourself is to simply use an account that someone else has paid for. If they give you their login information on a given platform, you will be able to access their accounts and watch the games.

This could be a friend, family member, or anyone in between. Of course, you can also offer to pay for a portion of the service if you feel like, as well. Of course, be aware of the rules as not all platforms are comfortable with things like password sharing.

3. Find an Online Stream

Another option is to scour the internet for a Livestream to watch. A simple search online will greet you with dozens of different options for most games you will want to see. If you are struggling to find one yourself, people will often post links to them online on social media.

There are many sites, but you want to use them at your own risk, as many of these sites may be in a legal gray area. Also, many struggles with pop-ups, some are low quality, and may take forever to load, or be taken down in minutes.

But they are certainly free, and may be enough for someone who simply wants to see the game and doesn’t care so much about quality or other factors.

However, due to the potential legality issues (and the so-so connection and quality), this is not an option I generally like to go with. Of course, a legitimate and paid streaming platform is a great way to watch a game, but it is not free.

Watching for free is great, but if you are a huge fan and watch a lot of games, there are many options that are very affordable that are worth buying for the quality and consistency, so be sure to consider those.

4. You May Be Able to Stream for Free if You Have a Cable

If you have a cable or satellite TV subscription of some kind, there is a chance you may be able to watch games online for free. Many cable channels and providers offer online access to the content they show. This could be shows, specials, and of course, sports games.

You may be able to watch live, but if not, you will certainly be able to watch replays or highlights later on. Not all cable providers or subscriptions will offer this, so do your homework beforehand to find out if yours does.

5. It May Already Be Offered on a Platform You Subscribe to

Another way you may not have to pay anything extra to watch the NHL is if it is already offered on a platform that you subscribe to. Many streamlining platforms or cable bundles will come with access to a variety of different types of content, even the NHL in some cases.

While not technically free, you don’t need to pay anything additional if NHL games are already included on a platform you already subscribe to or are a member of for other content.

I hope that this guide has been able to help you learn a little bit more about some ways that you can watch NHL games online for free. If there are any methods that you feel like I missed, don’t hesitate to let me know about them in a comment below.

About Kale
Being from Canada, hockey is essentially a way of life. I instantly fell in love with the game since I was being put on skates. From playing as a child (and the occasional street hockey game with friends today) to being a fan for over 20 years, I’m here to share my knowledge and passion for hockey. Email:

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