The most exciting postseason in sports is finally back. The Stanley Cup Playoffs are here to keep you glued to your television, tablets, and computers for a month. With so many different matchups going on at the same time, it can be a bit overwhelming and confusing to keep up. You can find the complete Stanley Cup Playoffs Schedule Here.
NHL Playoffs Watching Guide. This site shows every TV channel airing the NHL Playoffs as well as all the cable, satellite and internet TV providers and packages that carry those channels, including monthly prices and full channel lineups for each package.
TV Viewing Options:
The NHL Playoffs are a bit different than other sports when it comes to the TV schedule. Each of the 16 teams will play multiple games, all of which air on several networks. They are first split up by Eastern and Western conference, then again by the matchup game number (game 1-7).
So for instance, the first round will be shown across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA and the NHL Network. The second and third rounds will be shown on NBC and NBCSN, and the Stanley Cup Finals are on NBC. Be sure to check back at the schedule above for exact times.
Cable TV and Streaming Options
Cable TV - Spectrum, U-Verse, Verizon Fios, Xfinity
Satellite TV - DirecTV, Dish Network
Internet TV packages - Direct TV Now
Every provider listed above offers NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and the NHL Network. A good cord-cutting option would be Direct TV Now. It offers a Go Big plan ($65) and a Gotta Have It plan ($75). Each plan includes NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, USA, and the NHL Network. For those who are always on the go, or want an alternative to the options listed above, there are some streaming options listed below.
NBC Sports Live is a good option. You can stream live coverage through their mobile/online application. All you have to do is sign in with your cable/satellite provider username and password, and you're all set.
NHL.tv is my personal favorite streaming service for the playoffs. It's hard to find anything better than straight from the source. One thing I should mention, is that particular stream uses camera angles that are quite different than what is shown on TV. Not a deal breaker, but it definitely looks odd from time to time. But you cannot beat the picture and sound quality.