NHL Playoffs 2022 Live Free: The Stanley Cup Playoffs are one of the most exciting postseason formats in sports. For the first time in three years, every team played a full 82-game regular season schedule without an interruptions from the COVID-19 pandemic. The divisions were completely back to normal with teams being permitted to cross the border and play in Canada and vice versa.
The Florida Panthers captured the President’s Trophy as the team with the most points around the league. Equipped with one of the deepest rosters in the NHL, the Panthers finished with a 58-18-6 record and a grand total of 122 points when the regular season dust settled.
The structure of the playoffs is as follows:
- The playoff format has the team with the most points taking on the second Wild Card team in the opening round in each conference. The division winner with the second-most points will face off with the top Wild Card team.
- Each series will be in a best-of-seven format
- The home ice advantage goes to the team with the top seed in the opening two rounds of the playoffs. The team with the most regular season points has home ice in the conference finals and Stanley Cup Finals.
NHL Playoffs 2022 Live Free viewing information:
TV: ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, TNT
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
How to Stream NHL Playoffs 2022 on Your Local RSN
Fans of most NHL Playoff teams can stream their local RSN with a Live TV Streaming Service.
During the first round of the playoffs, although games also air on your local RSN, in most markets games will not be blacked out when they also air on ESPN, ESPN2, TBS, and TNT.
Your best option for most teams is DIRECTV STREAM since they are the only service with Bally Sports RSNs, MSG, NESN, Altitude, as well as TNT & ESPN.
They are the only service with Altitude (Colorado Avalanche), Bally Sports Sun (Tampa Bay Lightning), Bally Sports Florida (Florida Panthers). Bally Sports South (Carolina Hurricanes), Bally Sports North (Minnesota Wild), Bally Sports Midwest (St. Louis Blues), Bally Sports West (Los Angeles Kings), Bally Sports Southwest (Dallas Stars), and Bally Sports Southeast (Nashville Predators).
They also offer MSG (New York Rangers), NESN (Boston Bruins), and AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh Penguins).
If your favorite team plays on NBC Sports RSN, you can stream with a 7 days free trial of fuboTV, DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, or YouTube TV.
How to Stream NHL Playoffs 2022 Nationally
Most Live TV Streaming Services offer ESPN, ESPN, TNT, and TBS. Once the action reaches the conference finals, games that air on ABC will be simulcast on ESPN+.
One of the holdover changes from the NHL’s “Bubble Playoffs” era that is still a part of this year’s schedule is that no two games will start at the same time during these playoffs. That means that there should always be NHL action for fans to watch, even when one game is at intermission.
There are now five services that offer NHL Playoffs games.
The least expensive option is Sling TV, which includes ESPN, TNT, and ESPN3 (simulcast of ABC games). They are running a special promotion which will give you 50% OFF your first month of service.
NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs Round 1 TV Schedule: Eastern Conference
Florida Panthers vs. Washington Capitals
|Game No.||Date and Time||Matchup||Network|
|Game 4||May 9, 7 p.m. ET||Panthers at Capitals||TBS|
|Game 5^||May 11, TBD||Capitals at Panthers||(TBD)|
|Game 6^||May 13, TBD||Panthers at Capitals||(TBD)|
|Game 7^||May 15, TBD||Capitals at Panthers||(TBD)|
How to Stream the Stanley Cup NHL Playoffs 2022 Live Free on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, iOS, and Android
There are six major streaming providers that offer Live TV Streaming. Five of these providers allow you to watch the Stanley Cup Playoffs live using iOS, Android, Roku, Apple TV, Fire TV, Chromecast, and Web. They are DIRECTV STREAM, Hulu Live TV, YouTube TV, Sling TV, and fuboTV.