Get ready! You can watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final live online anywhere in the world starting Monday, June 28. Online streams of the much-anticipated Canadians vs Lightning event will be available in the US, Canada, and abroad, although you may need a VPN to access every Stanley Cup Final game this year.
The Lightning is returning to the Finals after taking the win in 2020’s competition. competition. Can they do it again against the Canadiens? You’ll be able to find out, so long as you’re using the right streaming services.
Important note: This guide only recommends official sources for the Stanley Cup Final. NHL is popular in the US, Canada, and elsewhere, but the event is primarily offered through pay-TV services and networks. As a result, many hockey fans may try to stream through unlicensed sources. However, several legitimate services exist that allow for free streaming, and in HD. Unofficial sources may risk your privacy and security. As such, we recommend using a VPN to protect your identity and security and to use only official streaming sites for the Stanley Cup Final.
All of the services listed below are region-locked. You’ll need a VPN to access the Stanley Cup Final streams on your usual services while abroad.
How to watch the Stanley Cup Final with a VPN
There will be streams available for the 2021 NHL Final from multiple countries and TV networks. To get unrestricted access to these streams, follow the steps below.
Here’s how to watch the Stanley Cup Final online from anywhere:
- Sign up for a VPN service provider. Our preferred option is ExpressVPN, but a few other services we trust include NordVPN and Surfshark.
- Next, download the VPN app to your preferred streaming devices. Make sure to check that there’s an app available for those devices. ExpressVPN has apps for most systems, including Amazon Fire TV. You won’t find any VPN apps from any VPN provider for Roku, however.
- Connect to a server where your streams are available. For example, if you want the free streaming option, you’ll need to connect to a Canada-based VPN server.
- Lastly, open your streaming option and view the Stanley Cup Final live online.
We recommend testing a stream with your VPN prior to the event. This will give you time to test different VPNs and VPN servers and to switch to a different streaming service if necessary.
How to watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final free
However, if you’re outside Canada, you can still access the CBC’s free streams of the NHL Final by using a VPN.
You’ll need to connect to a Canada-based VPN server to access the CBC if you’re outside of Canada. We’ve tested this method and verified that it works well, making this the single best option to watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final live online anywhere.
An alternative to CBC may be through NBC in the US. NBC currently holds the broadcast rights to NHL games and the NHL Playoffs for US fans. Many Stanley Cup games have been broadcast on NBC, and this may include the Stanley Cup Final games, as well.
If you’re in the US, you can access NBC’s over-the-air broadcasts with an HD antenna, through Locast, or through NBC’s Peacock streaming service. VPNs work for both if you don’t have a local NBC affiliate through them or don’t have access to either in your area.
Alternatively, you could sign up for a free trial to Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, AT&T TV, or fuboTV, all of which carry NBC’s core channel in most markets. Each of these services offers a multi-day free trial.
If you’re still on the fence about which VPN to choose, we recommend NordVPN because of its large number of available servers in key locations worldwide and its 30-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not a fan of the service or only need it for the Stanley Cup, you can cancel after the event is over for a full refund.
Where else can I stream the Stanley Cup Final online?
The 2021 Stanley Cup Final will be broadcast in multiple locations worldwide. Most options involve pay-TV channels and services, so your best option, if you want to reduce costs, is to use the CBC with a VPN. However, there are some other potentially low-cost options for hockey fans.
The NHL Stanley Cup Final schedule is as follows:
|Date||Game/Location||Time (EST)||Time (UK)||US Channel|
|June 28 (Monday)||Game 1 @ Tampa Bay||8:00 PM||1:00 PM||NBCSN|
|June 30 (Wednesday)||Game 2 @ Tampa Bay||8:00 PM||1:00 PM||NBCSN|
|July 2 (Friday)||Game 3 @ Montreal||8:00 PM||12:00 PM||NBC|
|July 5 (Monday)||Game 4 @ Montreal||8:00 PM||12:00 PM||NBC|
|July 7 (Wednesday)||*Game 5 @ Tampa Bay||8:00 PM||12:00 PM||NBC|
|July 9 (Friday)||*Game 6 @ Montreal||8:00 PM||12:00 PM||NBC|
|July 11 (Sunday)||*Game 7 @ Tampa Bay||7:00 PM||12:00 PM||NBC|
Watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final in the US
As the NHL is a US-based league, it should come as no surprise that sports fans in the US will have multiple options to watch the Stanley Cup Final.
For starters, NBC owns the rights to broadcast the series. You’ll need access to NBC and NBC Sports Network.
You can get NBC’s over-the-air broadcasts if you have an OTA antenna, or if you live in one of the many cities where Locast is available. That said, the best option right now might be Peacock, NBC’s homegrown streaming service that gives you access to your local NBC affiliate.
Outside of Peacock, your options include signing up for a cord-cutting TV streaming service with a free trial, then cancel the subscription after the NHL Final is over. Here’s what’s available right now:
- Sling TV (Blue package): No free trial, $10 off the first month, $30/month after
- YouTube TV: 7-day free trial, $64.99/month after
- Hulu + Live TV: 7-day free trial, $54.99/month after
- AT&T TV (Entertainment package): $69.99/month (no free trial)
- fuboTV (Standard package): 7-day free trial, $64.99/month after
Games 3 to 7 will be free on NBC. Games 1 and 2 will be on NBC Sports Network.
If you’re already subscribed to one of the above services but are traveling outside the US, you can connect to a US VPN server and log in as normal.
Watch the 2021 Stanley Cup Final in Canada
Canadian sports fans will find CBC the easiest option for viewing the 2021 Stanley Cup Final. We recommend CBC since it will be free, and will broadcast the event via the CBC Sports app and on the web in high quality.
What teams are in the 2021 Stanley Cup Final?
The puck drop will feature a Montreal Canadiens vs Tampa Bay Lightning competition. Both clubs have held the Stanley Cup in the past, although the Canadiens have not claimed the Cup since the 1992-1993 season. Meanwhile, the Lightning is returning after a 2020 win.
Meanwhile, the Lightning is one of the youngest teams in the league, having only formed in 1992. It’s currently sitting on Stanley Cup wins and is chomping at the bit for a third.
See also: How to get a Canadian IP address
2021 Stanley Cup Final FAQs
Find some quick answers to common questions about the 2021 Stanley Cup Finals right here.
Where is the Stanley Cup being played 2021?
The Stanley Cup Final will take place in two locations: The Amalie Arena Tampa Bay, Florida, and the Centre Bell in Montreal Canada. Playing in two locations is a tradition as it gives both teams a chance to have home-ice advantage.
What day is the Stanley Cup 2021?
The Stanley Cup Final will take place from June 28 through July 11. The two teams will play a best-out-of-7 competition. The first team to 4 wins will take the cup (which could occur after the fourth game if one team is dominating). Check the schedule earlier in this post for more detailed information.