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NHL Stanley Cup Finals 2020: How to watch the Stars vs. Lightning today without cable

The Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning meet in hockey's bubble in Edmonton for the third game of the finals today.

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.

Stars Lightning

The Tampa Bay Lightning won Game 2 to even the series against the Dallas Stars in the NHL Stanley Cup Finals.

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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

(*if necessary)

Read more: NBA playoffs: How to watch live games without cable

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.  

Sling TV's $30-a-month Sling Blue package includes NBC and NBCSN, but NBC can be watched live only in a handful of markets. Read our Sling TV review.

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.

AT&T Now TV Now's $55-a-month Plus package includes NBC and NBCSN. You can use its channel lookup tool to see which local channels are available where you live. Read our AT&T TV Now review.

FuboTV costs $60 a month and includes NBC and NBCSN. Click here to see which local networks you get. Read our FuboTV review.

YouTube TV costs $65 a month and includes NBC and NBCSN. Plug in your ZIP code on its welcome page to see which local networks are available in your area. Read our YouTube TV review.

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