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The NHL Stanley Cup Finals are here. The two-time reigning champions Tampa Bay Lightning will take on the Colorado Avalanche tonight, beginning the first game in a streak that could last through the end of the month.
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The NHL’s post-season format is considered one of the most exciting of all sports. For the first time in two years, all participating teams were able to play a full 82-game season uninterrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tonight’s match-up begins at 5 p.m. PT at the Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado – and Tampa Bay is expected to provide fans with an action-packed conclusion to the series. The Lightning haven’t lost a single playoff series since 2019, with veterans Ondrej Palat, Nikita Kucherov and Steven Stamkos serving as key players in their success. But the Colorado Avalanche will also be watched, whose entry this year marks a return to the Finals for the first time in 21 years.
If you’re in the Denver or Tampa Bay area this month, you can purchase tickets to see the finals in person. Tickets are still available on VividSeats. However, there are many ways to watch the Stanley Cup online if you want to watch from home. The series is streamed live on a variety of platforms, and there are even some sneaky ways to watch the games for free.
Below are the best ways to stream the NHL Stanley Cup Finals:
Sling provides access to ESPN3 for a live stream of all Stanley Cup finals. The streamer is already one of the cheapest out there, but a limited-time offer brings the monthly cost down to just $25 a month. Your most basic Orange package also includes 30 other popular cable channels like TNT, CBS and CNN.
Hulu+ (30-day free trial)
Hulu is one of the best ways to watch live TV or sports at a fraction of the cost. Your Disney ESPN bundle allows you to stream live games from all major leagues like the NCAA, NBA, NHL and NFL. The ad-free package normally costs $69.99 per month, but the 30-day free trial means you can sign up for free to watch the Stanley Cup.
DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T) is the most comprehensive way for cord cutters to watch live TV online. Your entertainment package includes more than 160 channels, including ESPN for sports coverage. Normally $64.99/month, limited time promo offer saves you $30 for the first two months.
ESPN is the cheapest way to stream the Stanley Cup online. For only $6.99 per month (or $69.99/year) you can watch every single Avalanche vs. Lightning game. ESPN is particularly well-suited to sports fans as the platform features their internal analysis and commentary channels, recaps and archive footage. Plus, a subscription gives you access to the full 30 for 30 library.
Game 1: Wednesday, June 15 at 8 p.m. ET
Game 2: Saturday, June 18 at 8 p.m. ET
Game 3: Monday, June 20 at 8 p.m. ET
Game 4: Wednesday, June 22 at 8 p.m. ET
game 5 (if required): Friday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. ET
game 6 (if required): Sunday, June 26 at 9 p.m. ET
game 7 (if required): Tuesday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET
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