NHL lifts streaming blackout restrictions for 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs

Blackout restrictions have been the bane of sports fans for many years now, especially streamers, and while those regulations likely won’t change anytime soon, the NHL is pulling back the curtain for this year’s Stanley Cup playoffs.

Every game of the 2020 playoffs that airs on NHL Network, CNBC, USA Network, and NBCSN will also be available on local networks plus local regional sports networks (like the Fox family) . There is an exception though – the Vegas Golden Knights, who will only have their games on AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain, a channel available only on AT&T now.

Particularly benefitting from this arrangement are fans of the Colorado Avalanche, who only have their games on the Altitude channel, which doesn’t have a single streaming option. Under this deal, Avalance fans will be able to stream games on their local channels.

If you’re trying to stream NHL Network for your favorite team, your best bet is probably FuboTV, which offers a free 7-day trial, or Sling TV. For the rest of the networks (CNBC, NBCSN, and local NBC stations), YouTube TV, Hulu Live, or Sling TV will be your best bets.

The NHL.tv streaming service will actually not carry any playoff action live. Instead, they’ll have it on-demand only.

Artie Beaty