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How to watch the NHL playoffs live in Canada
Want to catch all the on-ice action from another exciting NHL season? Here are your viewing options in Canada.
The National Hockey League was forced to make some changes for the 2020/21 season. It was reduced to a 56-game regular season due to the ongoing pandemic, down from the usual 82.
Teams were drawn into four new divisions, including one that features the seven Canadian franchises. Teams only faced those in their division during the regular season.
Thankfully, the playoffs will feature 16 teams as normal, with the top four in each division reaching the post-season. All of them will compete in the standard best-of-seven series.
Sports streaming is a constantly evolving beast. Rights-holders to various sports and the available platforms can change regularly. Read on to find out all the ways to watch the NHL across Canada, including both English and French options. Regional markets are also subjected to blackouts.
How to watch the NHL in Canada
Rogers Communications continues to be the major player when it comes to hockey in Canada. That is courtesy of the mammoth 12-year broadcast and multimedia rights agreement the company signed with the NHL back in 2013.
The deal, which was worth $5.232 billion and runs through the 2025/26 season, gave Rogers exclusive rights to the majority of content from the NHL. You can watch games on television through Rogers Cable or stream them through Rogers NHL Live.
You can also watch or stream games via Sportsnet or NHL Live, both of which are also owned by Rogers. TSN, TVA Sports, RDS and CBC also have access to some content. All the options are broken down below.
Stream through NHL Live
Subscribers to Rogers Cable can also get access to NHL Live, the official streaming site of the NHL in Canada. You get access to hundreds of national and out-of-market games.
Prices start from $179.99 for a full season pass, with blackout restrictions for in-market games lifted after 48 hours. There is also a $29.99 monthly pass. It has the same access as the annual pass and you can cancel at any time. You also have the option of a French Pass for $53.99/season. Conditions apply.
You can sign up via the NHL app for Android devices, iPhones and iPads, desktops, Apple TV (3rd generation and later), Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV and Google Chromecast. Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and 2nd generation Apple TVs are no longer supported.
There are also blackouts that impact the seven Canadian teams. You can see a full breakdown of the NHL Live blackouts here.
Stream the NHL via Sportsnet NOW
Rogers also owns the various versions of Sportsnet. You can see a our full Sportsnet NOW guide streaming service, which has the rights to a host of NHL games plus the playoffs. It’s free if you are already a Sportsnet TV subscriber. Sportsnet TV has a number of channels, you can check out the viewing guide here.
Watch the NHL in English via TSN
The Sports Network (TSN) has the rights to broadcast games involving some Canadian teams in English that are not broadcast nationally. Games involving Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Winnipeg can be accessed on various TSN channels.
You can check out the broadcast schedule here.
Watch the NHL in French with TVA Sports
The French-language TVA Sports has access to 20 Montreal Canadiens regular season games and any playoff appearances.
Watch the NHL on TV in French with RDS
Bell-owned RDS has access to a further 60 Canadiens matches. It also has the regional French-language broadcast rights for Senators games. There are more details here.
Watch Hockey Night in Canada in English through CBC
The national public broadcaster was granted permission to continue airing the traditional Hockey Night in Canada by Rogers Communications. The CBC Sports broadcast schedule is here.
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