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The Stanley Cup playoffs are among the most exciting spectacles in sports. And they lead up to the biggest showdown in hockey: the NHL Stanley Cup Final. The coolest trophy in sports is up for grabs, and the last team standing will hoist it and skate right into the history books. Real hockey fans know that they can't afford to miss a game — but how can you catch all of the action when you don't have cable? Fear not, cord-cutting hockey fans, because we're here with solutions. Below, we'll lay out everything that you need to know about how to watch the Stanley Cup Final online, no cable required. We'll also cover how to watch at least some of the games using over-the-air TV — meaning you can watch the Stanley Cup Final free! Here's how to watch or stream the Tampa Bay Lightning vs. the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Stanley Cup Final.
Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream the Stanley Cup Final:
If we're going to watch these games without cable, we first need to know when they're happening and what channel we'll need to track down. Let's take a look! Keep in mind that this year's matchup between the Tampa Bay Lightning and Dallas Stars is a little different due to the COVID-19 pandemic — there's still a “home team” in each game, but all of the games will take place in the NHL's bubble up in Canada, with no fans in attendance.
Game 1: Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, September 19 @ 7:30 PM Eastern
Game 2: Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Monday, September 21 @ 8 PM Eastern
Game 3: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Dallas Stars
Wednesday, September 23 @ 8 PM Eastern
Game 4: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Dallas Stars
Friday, September 25 @ 8 PM Eastern
Game 5*: Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Saturday, September 26 @ 8 PM Eastern
Game 6*: Tampa Bay Lightning @ Dallas Stars
Monday, September 28 @ 8 PM Eastern
Game 7*: Dallas Stars @ Tampa Bay Lightning
Wednesday, September 30 @ 8 PM Eastern
* If necessary
All of the Stanley Cup Finals games will air on one of two channels: NBC and NBCSN. That means that we're going to have to find a way to watch those two channels without cable if we're going to watch the Stanley Cup Final without cable.
We need to find ways to watch NBC and NBCSN without cable in order to enjoy the Stanley Cup Final as cord cutters. Luckily, this isn't too tough to do!
As we so often do in our How to Watch series, we're going to talk about live TV streaming services. Live TV streaming services, or “skinny bundles,” are cable-like multichannel services. They tend to be slimmer than the bulky cable bundles (hence the “skinny bundle” moniker), and they tend to be cheaper, too. Happily for us, many skinny bundles offer NBC and NBCSN!
There's another way to watch one of these channels: free over-the-air TV. We'll cover that as soon as we're through with the skinny bundles. Ready? On to the list!
Stream the Stanley Cup Final for free with Hulu
Hulu's live TV streaming service is an awesome way to watch the Stanley Cup Final without cable. This streaming service offers all of Hulu's on-demand content as well as a ton of live streaming network television channels. Among the live channels on offer are both NBC and NBCSN. Sign up for Hulu + Live TV's free trial and watch the Stanley Cup Final online!
Stream the Stanley Cup Final for free with fuboTV
fuboTV bills itself as a great choice for sports fans. In our most recent fuboTV review, we couldn't help but agree. Rest assured that fuboTV will deliver the goods during the Stanley Cup Final: This live TV streaming service offers live streams of NBC and NBCSN, which means you'll have a Stanley Cup Final live stream every single game day.
Stream the Stanley Cup Final with Sling TV
The customizable and affordable Sling TV is one of our favorite live TV streaming services. It has a lot to offer, including a live stream of NBCSN. The downside to Sling TV for hockey fans is that, as of this writing, the service does not offer a live stream of NBC itself. You can patch this issue by grabbing an antenna and getting NBC over the air for free, though!
AT&T's live TV streaming service is a strong option for fans of NHL hockey. You'll be able to catch every game of the Stanley Cup Final with this service, because it includes a live stream of both NBC and NBCSN.
If you want to watch the Stanley Cup Finals online, no cable required, then you may want to check out YouTube TV. Google's version of the skinny bundle is slim in all the right places, but it still includes a live stream of NBC and a live stream of NBCSN. That's all you'll need in order to stream the Stanley Cup Final.
To watch the NBC broadcasts of the Stanley Cup Final for free, you'll just need to use your antenna. If you don't have an antenna yet, don't sweat it — we have you covered with our explanation of over-the-air broadcasts and our guide to choosing the right OTA antenna to suit your needs. You can find antennas for sale on Amazon or in big box electronics stores like Best Buy. Unfortunately, this is only an option for NBC, so you'll still need to figure something else out for the games that air on NBCSN.
We've given you a whole lot of ways to watch the Stanley Cup Final online and over the air. But can you use these methods on your favorite streaming platform or device? The short answer is yes!
Let's say you own a Roku device. Great choice! You can use that device to stream the Stanley Cup Final using Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV. Just grab a free trial and go!
More of a Fire TV fan? No worries: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all have apps for Fire TV.
Apple TV owners have a ton of options, too. Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all work on Apple TV.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV support Chromecast.
Android TV users can pick between Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV.
Want to stream the Stanley Cup Final on the go? You can: Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all have apps for both iOS and Android mobile devices.
Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV, Sling TV, AT&T TV Now, and YouTube TV all work on your Mac or PC, too, thanks to their in-browser apps.
Even video game consoles are options: Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV, and YouTube TV work on Xbox One, while Hulu + Live TV also works on PlayStation 4.
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