How to Watch the NHL in Canada?
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How to Watch the NHL in Canada?

As the National Hockey League playoffs race towards the Stanley Cup finals, Canadian hockey fans scramble to find their favourite team on their preferred viewing outlet. Those games can be seen morning, noon or night depending on what time zone you live in since the league has had to cram a tight schedule of action on each day of the week. The puck drops early in the day in the East in Toronto and finishes late at night out West in Edmonton. So, the question is in our heads: how to watch the NHL games in Canada?

Watch Every Playoff Game

The 2020 postseason has produced the most unusual format ever in the 103-year history of the NHL, with teams in the Western Conference in a "bubble" in Edmonton and clubs in the East based solely out of Toronto. All games are played in one of these two cities because of the global pandemic.

The 2019-20 NHL season started on Oct. 2, 2019, and was halted because of the spread of the coronavirus on March 12, 2020. That didn't mean the end to the hockey season as NHL executives have done a terrific job of protecting the players and giving hockey fans all the action they can handle — even though spectators aren't allowed in either of the two active venues — as playoff action got underway on Aug. 1. The Stanley Cup finals conclude in early October.

What options are hockey fans left with on how to watch the NHL in Canada? Every game in the NHL playoffs is available on a national network, special cable channel or streamed online. It's no longer just Hockey Night in Canada. It's Hockey All Day and Night in Canada as postseason games start as early as noon eastern time and often end after midnight.

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Canada's Seven Hockey Markets

Even though two Canadian teams have won more Stanley Cups than any organization in the league, a team north of the border hasn't hung a championship banner since 1993 when the Montreal Canadiens beat the Los Angeles Kings in five games.

The Canadiens (24) and Toronto Maple Leafs (13) have combined to win 37 titles. However, the Leafs (1967) have not won a Stanley Cup in more than half a century.

Here are the seven Canadian markets and what channels fans can watch their team compete in the playoffs, including how to watch NHL games online in Canada and how to watch NHL without cable in Canada.

Most games are televised on Sportsnet in Canada and NBC Sports in the U.S., but the other listed networks do carry the odd games:

  • Calgary Flames — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBA Sports (cable or satellite) and NHL Network (cable or satellite). Watch Calgary Flames online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).
  • Edmonton Oilers — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBC Sports (cable or satellite) and NHL Network (cable or satellite). Watch Edmonton Oilers online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).
  • Montreal Canadiens — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBC Sports (cable or satellite) and NHL Network (cable or satellite). Watch Montreal Canadiens online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).
  • Ottawa Senators — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBC Sports (cable or satellite) and NHL Network (cable or satellite). Watch Ottawa Senators online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).
  • Toronto Maple Leafs — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBC Sports (cable or satellite), NHL Network (cable or satellite) and Leafs TV (cable or satellite). Watch Toronto Maple Leafs online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).
  • Vancouver Canucks — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBC Sports (cable or satellite) and NHL Network (cable or satellite). Watch Vancouver Canucks online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).
  • Winnipeg Jets — Locally and nationally on CBC (cable, satellite or antennae), TSN (cable or satellite), Sportsnet (cable or satellite), NBC (cable or satellite), NBC Sports (cable or satellite) and NHL Network (cable or satellite). Watch Winnipeg Jets online at nhllive.com (fee required), nhlstream.net (free) or 720pstream.me (free).

Enjoy the game on the big screen with NHL Live with your Apple TV, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV or Google Chromecast. All games are blackout-free.

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