The Stanley Cup playoffs started with 24 teams in two hub cities and now two warm-weather teams remain, which seems fitting for hockey playoffs that got underway in August. The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning are playing in the hub city of Edmonton in a seven-game series for the right to hoist the Stanley Cup. It'll be the second Stanley Cup championship in franchise history for either team.
The series is tied one game apiece, and the puck drops for the third game on Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on NBCSN. Here's what cord-cutters need to know to watch all the Stanley Cup Finals action.
How can I watch the NHL Finals without cable?
Tonight's game will be broadcast on NBCSN with rest scheduled for NBC. Here's the TV broadcast schedule (all times ET):
- Game 1: Stars won 4-1
- Game 2: Lightning won 3-2
- Game 3: Wednesday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN
- Game 4: Friday, Sept. 25 at 8 p.m. on NBC
- Game 5: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 8 p.m. on NBC
- Game 6*: Monday, Sept. 28 at 8 p.m. on NBC
- Game 7*: Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. on NBC
You don't need cable or satellite TV to watch the Stanley Cup Finals on NBC and NBCSN. Both channels are offered on all five of the major live TV streaming services. Not every service carries your local NBC station, however, so check the links below to make sure.
Alternatively, if you live in an area with good reception, you can watch most of the series -- all but Games 2 and 3 -- on NBC for free on over-the-air broadcast channels just by attaching an affordable (under $30) indoor antenna to nearly any TV.
Hulu with Live TV costs $55 a month and includes NBC and NBCSN. Click the "View channels in your area" link on its welcome page to see which local channels are offered in your ZIP code. Read our Hulu with Live TV review.