How to watch NHL Global Series 2019 live online from anywhere

The 2019 NHL Global Series is coming. This year, the Global Series will feature the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers and Tampa Bay Lightning, with the first game slated for September 29. Although NHL is a US-based service, you can live stream the 2019 NHL Global Series online from anywhere, including the US, UK, Canada, Sweden, Germany, and more.

Our guide only recommends official streaming options. The NHL Global Series will likely be available on a number of unofficial streaming sites. These sites may carry risks to your security through malware and phishing attempts, while unofficial streams are not guaranteed. Many drop during events or get blocked by official broadcasters.

The NHL Global Series only broadcasts on region-locked networks. A VPN will be required to stream from abroad or other locations where streams are unavailable.

How to watch the 2019 NHL Global Series from abroad with a VPN

VPNs offer a cheap, simple-to-use bypass for region-locked content. Here’s how to get set up using a VPN for the 2019 NHL Global Series.

Here’s how to watch the NHL Global series live online from anywhere with a VPN:

  1. First, sign up to a suitable VPN service. We recommend ExpressVPN for sports, but NordVPN and CyberGhost both offer high-quality VPN services.
  2. Next, install the VPN onto the device (or devices) you plan to use to stream NHL games. Note that there are no VPN apps available certain devices, like smart TVs or the Roku.
  3. Choose a country to connect to. You should choose a country where streams of the NHL Global Series are available.
  4. Connect to a VPN server in the appropriate location. For example, if you want to connect to CBC Sports, you’d use a Canada-based server.
  5. Finally, try streaming a video from your chosen service while connected to your VPN option. If it works, you’re good to go. If not, try contacting your VPN provider; sometimes, you’ll need to connect to a specific server to unblock content.

Where to watch NHL Global Series online

It’s important to note that while the Global Series games are part of the regular season, we cannot guarantee that all of the below options will be broadcasting all or any of the Global Series games. The NHL has very little information regarding broadcast options for individual games, and blackouts for many games do exist. Those exact blackouts also come with little information regarding where, when, and how they’re applied.

The NHL has broadcast rights with a large number of different providers across the globe. If you’re in the US, you’ll have the largest number of options, but alternatives exist in several dozen other countries. We won’t list every country here, but if you don’t see more information for your country here, check out the NHL’s list of international broadcast partners.

Watch the NHL Global Series in the US

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As the home of the NHL, the US has the largest number of streaming options of any country where NHL games are available. The primary broadcaster is the NHL itself. There are two options for NHL games through the NHL:

  • NHL.tv, a subscription-based streaming service
  • NHL Network (available through cord-cutting streaming services and cable)

The NHL also has a broadcast agreement with NBC to offer some nationally televised games during the 2019-2020 season. Whether or not these games include the NHL Global Series is uncertain, however.

You can sign up for NHL.tv on through either a Single Team Pass ($109.99 for the whole season), a monthly subscription ($24.99 per month), or for all non-blacked out games through the All Access package ($139.99 for the whole season).

As for NHL Network, you can purchase it through two cord-cutting services:

Sling TV offers NHL Network through an add-on package. However, your cheapest option is to sign up for Sling Blue for $25 per month, then add the Sports Extra package for $5 per month, for a total of $30. That deal includes NHL Network and 40+ other live TV channels.

Meanwhile, if you want NHL Network from DirecTV Now, you’ll need to fork over $124 per month to get NHL network alongside other live TV channels.

Both Sling TV and AT&T TV Now carry local NBC broadcasts, so you may be able to catch other games through those options as well. Otherwise, you can watch some local NBC broadcasts free through USTVNow, or via a few other cord-cutting services that don’t offer NHL Network, such as YouTube TV or PlayStation Vue.

It is still unclear whether any of the NHL’s US-based broadcasters will be showing Global Series games.

Watch the NHL Global Series in Canada

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In Canada, you have multiple options to watch NHL matches. If you’re into cable, you can use one of the following services.

  • Rogers NHL Live
  • Sportsnet Now
  • CBC Sports (CBC Hockey Night in Canada)

Rogers NHL Live is $179.99 CAD and lasts for the whole season, until August 2019. The service promises to provide over 1,000 of the 1,300+ games available this year. Sportsnet also happens to be owned by Rogers, and its Sportsnet Now service, which is $27.99 CAD per month, offers a range of NHL matches.

Finally, CBC Sports will be continuing its long tradition of broadcasting Hockey Night in Canada. You can view those matches live on CBC’s website but, based on the dates shown for the current schedule, it seems unlikely that you’ll be able to use this option for Global Series games.

Fans from outside of Canada can tune in to CBC Sports’ Hockey Night in Canada event, which is free to watch, using a VPN. ExpressVPN works, but some alternatives also work well, including NordVPN and Cyberghost.

Watch the NHL Global Series in the UK

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NHL is not very popular in the UK, so broadcast options are extremely limited. If you’re in the UK, you can watch using the NHL.tv streaming service for $24.99 USD per month. Local blackout rules likely won’t apply in the UK as no other local broadcasting services are airing the 2019 Global Series in the UK. 

Watch the NHL Global Series in Germany

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In Germany, the Sport1 network has broadcasting rights for NHL matches. Interestingly, Sport1 is actively advertising German sports fans use DAZN for online streaming. DAZN costs 9.99 Euros per month and provides all of the NHL matches that Sport1 is contracted to show in Germany.

You may also want to try NHL.tv for any Global Series games not broadcasting through local broadcast networks in Germany. For example, the September 29 Global Series Challenge game between the Chicago Blackhawks and Eisbären Berlin will likely be blacked out through NHL.tv, while the other games may not be.

If there are blackouts, connect to a VPN server in another country where blackouts for the games you want to watch likely don’t exist (for example, a US server).

Watch the NHL Global Series anywhere in the world

Please refer to the NHL’s list of broadcast partners to see if a broadcaster has rights in your country. Some countries may have NHL matches broadcasting on public networks, although in most cases, you may need a cable TV or other pay TV subscription service to watch.

Internationally, NHL.tv is a great option. However, NHL.tv is not available in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, or Finland.

See also: Best VPNs for NHL Game Pass

NHL Global Series 2019 game schedule

This year, the NHL Global Series consists of 5 games and runs from September 29 to November 9. The games include:

NHL Global Series 2019

DateTeamsLocationVenue
Sept. 29Chicago Blackhawks vs. Eisbären BerlinBerlin, GermanyMercedes-Benz Arena
Sept. 30Philadelphia Flyers vs. Lausanne HCLausanne, SwitzerlandVaudoise Arena
Oct. 4Chicago Blackhaws vs. Philadelphia FlyersPrague, Czech RepublicO2 Arena
Nov. 8Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay LightningStockholm, SwedenEricsson Globe
Nov. 9Buffalo Sabres vs. Tampa Bay LightningStockholm, SwedenEricsson Globe

The NHL Global Series is a very short round of events, but the entire NHL season is thankfully much longer. You will likely be able to tune in all year long. There are over 1,300 games scheduled for the 2019-2020 season, making this one of the largest sporting events in the world.