The 2019 NHL Stadium Series will take place on Saturday February 23 at 5PM PST (8PM EST/ 1AM GMT). Despite its name, this event consists of just one game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Philadelphia Flyers. The rivalry these teams share, coupled with the location (Lincoln Financial Field — a football field in the Flyer’s hometown) ensure that this will be one match you won’t want to miss. You won’t have to, though, as below, we’ll let you know exactly how to watch the Penguins vs. Flyers live.
This post will only recommend official NHL broadcasters. There are almost always unauthorized live streams for major sporting events, but we strongly advise against using them. To begin with, they usually provide laggy, low-resolution video. This would be reason enough to avoid such streams, but as copyright holders regularly take down unlicensed streams before (or even during) a match, there’s no guarantee you’ll even get to see who wins. Luckily, there are several legitimate ways to watch anyway, so there’s no need to use unofficial sources.
You should note that most sports streaming platforms are geo-locked and only available in specific countries. As a result, you’ll need a VPN if you’d like to watch from abroad.
Your online activities aren’t as private as you might think. In fact, they’re regularly monitored by your employer and Internet Service Provider (ISP). VPNs prevent this by encrypting your traffic, ensuring that it can’t be read by any third-party snoopers. They also let you spoof your location and access geo-restricted services abroad. We recommend ExpressVPN: it’s a fast, secure VPN with exceptional unblocking ability and best of all, it doesn’t log any information which could identify you.
You can get started with ExpressVPN in a matter of minutes. Thanks to ExpressVPN’s 30-day money-back guarantee, once you’ve chosen a subscription length (one, six, or twelve months) and paid, you can effectively use the service for free for almost a month. If you’re not impressed or only needed a VPN to watch the Stadium Series, you can just cancel afterwards to receive a full refund.
How to watch the NHL Stadium Series live online with a VPN
New to VPNs? Don’t worry: using a VPN to bypass regional restrictions and stream geo-blocked content is easy once you know how:
- Start by signing up for a suitable VPN. We’ve briefly mentioned ExpressVPN above but NordVPN and CyberGhost are two high-quality, low-cost alternatives.
- Next, download and install the app, taking care to get the appropriate version for your device.
- Once you’ve decided which of the services below you’d like to use, connect to a server in the relevant location. For example, you’d use a US server to unblock NBC or a Canadian one for Sportsnet.
- Try loading previously geo-locked content on your chosen site. It should load straight away, although you might have to clear your browser’s cookies and cache first. Once this is done, refreshing the page should fix any issues.
The Stadium Series only happens once a year, so it’s important you test your VPN with the steps above before the game actually starts. This way, you’ll still have time to get help from your VPN’s customer support team should you encounter any problems. This approach also means you’re less likely to miss the start of the game.
How to stream the NHL Stadium Series online
Despite hockey’s widespread international appeal, the 2019 NHL Stadium Series will only be broadcast in the US and Canada. Take a look below to find out where you can watch, and how to stream the event from outside of these countries.
NBC is the only official Stadium Series broadcaster in the US. The good news is that if you already have a cable TV package which includes NBC, you can login immediately and start streaming at no added cost. Don’t panic if you don’t have cable, though, since NBC is included in Hulu with Live TV, Sling TV (Blue package), PlayStation Vue, and YouTube TV subscriptions.
Every one of the above services comes with a free trial (one week for Hulu and Sling TV, five days for PlayStation Vue, and one month for YouTube TV). This means that it’s possible to sign up, stream the 2019 Stadium Series, and cancel before being charged. However, like NBC, these over-the-top platforms are also geo-locked and only available in the US.
In Canada, you can stream the 2019 Stadium Series live, free-of-charge, on TVA Sports. However, since TVA doesn’t offer its own subscription and doesn’t allow you to sign in with any over-the-top services, this is only possible if you already have cable TV with one of TVA’s supported providers.
Sportsnet will also be showing this match live, and also allows you to sign in with your cable provider (assuming your package includes Sportsnet). Unlike TVA, though, Sportsnet also offers a digital-only subscription service called Sportsnet Now. This costs $19.99 CAD per month, and although there’s no free trial, it’s the only way to watch the NHL Stadium Series in Canada without cable.
TVA and Sportsnet are geo-restricted. This means you’ll have to either be in Canada or using a Canadian VPN server to watch from abroad.
Unfortunately, no other country has an official NHL Stadium Series broadcaster. That said, if you usually live in the US or Canada, but are currently abroad, you can still login to the services above using your usual details and a VPN.
It’s slightly more difficult to sign up from abroad, though. Without a current cable TV subscription, services like TVA are effectively impossible to access. Additionally, some only accept payment methods linked to an address in a particular country. The easiest way to watch the Stadium Series in cases like these is to find a service (such as Hulu) which allows you to pay via gift card, since paying in this way doesn’t require you to verify your location. You’ll still have to use a VPN server in the appropriate country before attempting to stream, however.
Which team is expected to win?
If history is anything to go by, the Flyers have a strong chance of winning this year’s Stadium Series. The two teams have faced off 328 times since 1967, with the Flyers winning 175 matches (53%). In contrast, the Penguins have only won 37.5% of their games, with 30 matches ending in a draw. The winds could be changing, however: on February 11, the Penguins delivered a crushing 4-1 defeat. This was in no small part thanks to the indefatigable Matt Murray’s goaltending; he stopped 50 shots — a new personal record.
This proves that quantity is not always better than quality. The Flyers would do well to plan their attacks better, instead of attempting to overwhelm the goaltender. Conversely, with so many attempts on goal, the Penguins are likely to slow the pace of the game and play more defensively this time around.