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How to watch the NHL preseason without cable: Live streams, schedule for last week of tune-up games

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Hockey fans, the NHL regular season is nearly here. We are in the final week of the preseason, with Saturday, Oct. 8 marking the final day of warming contests ahead of the regular season. 

Teams have begun to cut down their rosters, sending players down to the AHL or back to their junior clubs. There are still some decisions to be made, but there are a few more matchups on the schedule. 

While a majority of the games are only available on local TV stations, there are some games that will be available to stream on ESPN+, which will be home to over 1,000 NHL regular season games this season. It is one of the final chances for fans to watch their teams before the official start of the season. 

MORE: When does the NHL regular season start?

Here is a look at the remaining preseason games that are available to stream on ESPN+. 

How to watch NHL games without cable

ESPN and ABC are broadcasting NHL games once again in 2022. Viewers will be able to stream national broadcasts on ESPN’s website and app as well as the streaming services below. This includes preseason games, with select contests available to watch on ESPN+. 

Those who don’t have cable but still want to watch the NHL can sign up for ESPN+ and live stream games. They’ll be 1,050-plus out-of-market games available to fans on ESPN+ this season.

Streaming option Cable subscription needed? Free? Cost Free trial?
ESPN+ No No $9.99/month No
ESPN.com/ESPN App Yes Yes
fuboTV No No $64.99/month Yes
DIRECTV STREAM No No $69.99/month Yes
Hulu Plus Live TV No No $64.99/month Yes
Sling TV No No $35/month Yes
YouTube TV No No $64.99/month Yes

How much does ESPN+ cost?

Monthly subscriptions to ESPN+ begin at $9.99, while an annual subscription is $99.99.

Product Prices
ESPN+ Monthly Subscription $9.99/month
ESPN+ Annual Subscription $99.99/year
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu Ad-Supported $13.99/month
The Disney Bundle w/Hulu No-Ads $19.99/month

Click here to learn about the different pricing and bundling options with the ESPN+ platform

NHL ESPN+ preseason schedule

In total this week, 19 games are available to stream through ESPN+, starting on Monday, Oct. 3 and running into the final day of the preseason on Saturday, Oct. 8. 

Monday, Oct. 3

Matchup Time (ET)
Maple Leafs at Canadiens 7 p.m.
Bruins at Devils 7 p.m.
Canucks at Oilers 9 p.m.
Kraken at Flames 9 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 4

Matchup Time (ET)
Islanders at Flyers 7 p.m.
Senators at Canadiens 7 p.m.
Coyotes at Golden Knights 10 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 5

Matchup Time (ET)
Red Wings at Capitals 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 6

Matchup Time (ET)
Senators at Canadiens 6 p.m.
Blackhawks at Wild 8 p.m.
Golden Knights at Kings 9 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7

Matchup Time (ET)
Sabres at Penguins 7 p.m.
Kraken at Oilers 9 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 8

Matchup Time (ET)
Ducks at Kings 4 p.m.
Canadiens at Senators 6:30 p.m.
Rangers at Islanders 7 p.m.
Red Wings at Maple Leafs 7 p.m.
Devils at Bruins 7 p.m.
Blue Jackets at Capitals 7 p.m.


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