Streaming the 2017-18 NHL Season (without a cable subscription)

The kids are back in school, the days are growing shorter, and the crisp air of fall is finally here, which means it’s almost time to drop the puck on the 2017-18 NHL season.

Traditionally, this is the time of year when Canadian hockey fans begin making the email rounds at work and setting up their hockey pools. But with more and more people cutting the cord, you might need to add another item to the pre-season To Do List—figuring out how to watch NHL games without cable.

Luckily, you don’t need cable to watch NHL games online in Canada. Here’s a look at a few options.

Sportsnet Now

These days, it’s not uncommon for television networks to stream their content online, either on their website or via dedicated apps. But most of these networks still require you to be a paying cable subscriber in order to watch their online content.

This is where Sportsnet Now shines. For around $25 per month you can watch every Sportsnet channel live online, and you don’t need to be a cable subscriber to do it. This is a great option for fans who want to watch regional broadcasts of Oilers and Flames games, the majority of which are scheduled to be broadcast on Sportsnet West.

NHL GameCentre Live

If a handful of weekly regional games featuring local teams doesn’t sound like enough hockey for you, there’s always NHL GameCentre Live, which is slated to stream more than 1000 NHL games this coming season (plus every game of the 2018 NHL Playoffs).

The only catch with GameCentre Live is that regional blackouts apply to the service. This means any game broadcasts that are available in your local area on cable will be blacked out on GameCentre Live. If you’re looking to watch a lot of regional games, GameCentre Live isn’t a viable standalone option. But with almost every other game in the NHL season slated for streaming on GameCentre Live, the service is perfect for hardcore hockey fans. 

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