How to Watch NHL Playoffs 2021 UK: Live Stream Ice Hockey


After a delay, the NHL Playoffs for 2021 are here and you can watch games from the UK to find out who will win the Stanley Cup. It’s not as easy as some sports but here’s what you need to know about watching live streams on TV and online. 

Will the Tampa Bay Lightning retain the ice hockey championship or could a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs break the longest-running drought (52 seasons) of failing to reach the Stanley Cup Final? 

How to watch NHL Playoffs in the UK 

Unfortunately, not even Sky Sports, let alone free-to-air channels like BBC or Channel 5, currently shows the NHL in the UK. That makes it a lot harder to watch compared to other American sports like NBA or NFL.  

Premier Sports 

However, Premier Sports is a paid-for channel you can add to your Sky and Virgin Media package. It costs £10.99 per month (pm) on Sky for four channels and oddly £12.99pm on Virgin for just three.  

It’s also available on Netgem TV and for £10.99pm as a standalone Premier Player for online-only streaming. See below for what games are on Premier Sports. 

BT Sport 

While BT Sport is a major sports broadcaster in the UK, it only has the rights to show selected games for the 2021 season. However, there’s nothing on the schedule for the Playoffs according to the website. 

NHL.tv 

You might be best off with the official NHL streaming service. It doesn’t have a UK site but you can still use it by paying via credit card or PayPal. You’ll have to pay in US dollars and it’s only $19.99 for the entire playoffs and Stanley Cup finals. 

NHL.tv is available on a wide range of devices including phones, tablet, desktop, console and media streamers like Amazon Fire TV and Roku – although availability in the UK might vary so check the app store before you sign up. 

The streaming services lets you watch games live as well as catch highlights and plenty more content. Just note that blackouts do apply so if a game is being shown on Premier Sports, for example, it won’t be available on NHL.tv. 

To get around this, you could try using a VPN (virtual private network) to make your device browse from the US instead of the UK. We recommend NordVPN or Surfshark but you can also look at our list of the best VPNs for other options.

However, you may face a US blackout if the game you want to watch is being shown on a local US TV channel like NBC and CNBC so play around with different servers.  

Use a VPN to watch NHL for free 

It’s also possible to use a VPN to watch some NHL live streams for free. You can virtually browse from Canada to sign up for a free CBC Gem account and watch games there. 

What NHL games are on Premier Sports? 

Here are the confirmed games, which we’ll update as regularly as possible: 

25 May – 12:00am – Toronto Maple Leafs at Montréal Canadiens 

25 May – 2:45am – Edmonton Oilers at Winnipeg Jets 

Which teams are in the NHL Playoffs 2021? 

As is typical for American sports, there are 16 teams in the playoffs with eight teams from different divisions: 

West Division 

Colorado Avalanche 
St. Louis Blues 
Las Vegas Golden Knights 
Minnesota Wild 

North Division 

Toronto Maple Leafs 
Montréal Canadiens 
Edmonton Oilers 
Winnipeg Jets 

East Division 

Pittsburgh Penguins 
New York Islanders 
Washington Capitals 
Boston Bruins 

Central Division 

Carolina Hurricanes 
Nashville Predators 
Florida Panthers 
Tampa Bay Lightning 


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