2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs: How to Stream the Capitals vs. Rangers, Avalanche vs. Jets & Other NHL Games for Free Without Cable

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Get your pucks ready! The 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs continue on Tuesday (April 23) with a eight teams suiting up for Round 2.

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First up, the Washington Capitals vs. New York Rangers and Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Florida Panthers. Also on Tuesday, the Colorado Avalanche will face the Winnipeg Jets and Nashville Predators take on the Vancouver Canucks.

Keep reading for details on ways to watch and stream the NHL playoffs without cable.

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Schedule, Ways to Stream

ESPN will air Game 2 between the Capitals and Rangers at 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT on Tuesday on ESPN, followed by the Colorado Avalanche vs. Winnipeg Jets at 9:30 p.m./6:30 p.m. PT.

The Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Panthers games airs Tuesday at 7 p.m. ET/4:30 p.m. PT on ESPN2 ahead of the Nashville Predators vs. Vancouver Canucks at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

Fans have been watching the NHL Playoffs in record numbers. The cable network saw a 65 percent spike in viewership during Sunday’s First Round averaging 1.04 million and 429,999 viewers across ESPN and ESPN2.

Game 1 between the Capitals and Rangers averaged 1.03 million viewers and peaked at 1.5 million — the highest ever for a First Round NHL Playoffs game, according to ESPN.

The first three rounds in the Eastern and Western Conference will broadcast across TBS, TNT, ESPN and ESPN2.

Want to stream the Stanley Cup Playoffs online? No cable necessary! We’ve rounded up a handful of streaming options that are perfect for hockey lovers on a budget.

Starting at the most budget-friendly plan: SlingTV is discounted to just $20 for the first month to stream live sports, news, entertainment and more.

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The subscription gives you access to dozens of channels such as TNT, TBS, ESPN, ESPN2, ABC, Fox, NBC, BET, CNN, Cartoon Network, Bravo, AMC, A&E, TLC and more. Find more Sling TV deals here.

You can also watch TBS and ESPN live on DirecTV Stream, Hulu + Live TV and Fubo.

DirecTV Stream offers a free trial for five days and budget-friendly streaming packages with lots of live channels, on-demand streaming and DVR. Join DirecTV Stream and get instant access to 75+ channels such as ESPN, TBS, TNT, HGTV, Bravo, MTV, BET, ABC, NBC and CBS, for less than $70 per month.

DirecTV’s higher-priced plans come with more channels, plus free Max, Paramount+ with Showtime, Starz and Cinemax (when you subscribe to the Premier Plan). For Spanish-speakers, DirecTV offers the Optimo Más plan which includes 100 channels for $79.99 per month.


Fubo is another solid choice for sports content at $79.99/month for nearly 200 channels (including 100+ sporting events) and a free trial for a week.


Select games in the Stanley Cup playoffs will be available to stream on Max. Plans start at $9.99/month to stream with ads, $15.99/month for ad-free streaming and $19.99/month for the Ultimate Ad-Free plan.


For a limited time, Max subscribers can add the B/R Sports Add-On for free. The package, which includes stream NBA on TNT, NHL on TNT, TBS and USA, will cost $9.99/month after the promo ends.

Can you live stream the 2024 Stanley Cup Playoffs internationally? Use Express VPN to access select channels and streaming platforms from outside of the U.S.

And if you want to watch games live, there’s still time left to score tickets to the playoffs and the Stanley Cup Final on sites like StubHub and Vivid Seats. Pricing and availability may vary.