How to watch the NHL in Australia


For some Aussies, the ‘Mighty Ducks’ may be the only point of reference when it comes to ice hockey, while for others, the National Hockey League (NHL) is a way of life. The stick tricks, big hits and lightning-quick pace of the game makes for entertaining viewing, although for Aussie fans, catching your favourite team hit the ice can be a challenge.

As with most American sports, time zones can be the biggest roadblock to watching, so where can you turn for all your NHL action without sacrificing your sleep schedule? Canstar Blue shows where you can catch every goal, as well as every time the gloves come off, to get your ice hockey fill.

NHL on Kayo

Offering both live coverage and on-demand replays for when you can’t get to the TV in time, Kayo will show a minimum of three NHL games per week during the regular season. For those who like to stick around for the whole season, Kayo also offers coverage of the Playoff Rounds, Conference Finals and Stanley Cup, meaning you won’t miss much of the action when it comes to the big games.

In addition to all your NHL needs, Kayo also has on-demand replays of the Australian Ice Hockey League, with highlight coverage throughout the season, meaning you can catch all the big plays and moments of your local league. If hockey is your thing, Kayo also has coverage of Australian field hockey, including the Oceania Cup and FIH Pro League.

  • Kayo subscriptions start from $25 per month, with a 14-day free trial.
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Basic Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $25 over 1 month

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Premium Subscription

  • More than 15,000 hours of sport on-demand
  • Watch on 3 screens at the same time
  • 14 days FREE trial (New Customers Only)

min. cost $35 over 1 month

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Telstra Exclusive Offer – Basic Subscription

  • Special Offer: Save $10/mth on Kayo for 12 months
  • Available to Telstra customers only. T&Cs Apply
  • Stream over 50 sports, Live & On Demand
  • Watch on 2 screens at the same time – Add up to 5 profiles

min. cost $15/mth first 12 months then $25/mth

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The NHL’s own broadcasting service, NHL.TV, may be the option for those who can’t afford to miss a single second of the ice hockey season. Streaming every game of the regular season and Playoffs live and on-demand, NHL.TV is compatible with a variety of devices, including Apple, Android, Xbox, Google Chromecast and PlayStation, meaning you’ll get your fix regardless of what hardware you’re running.

NHL.TV also includes Mosaic View, which allows you to follow up to four games on just the one screen, with multiple camera angles available for your viewing preference. You’ll even get DVR, which means if you blink and miss something, you simply have to rewind to watch the action unfold.

  • For a full season pass, NHL.TV costs US$119.99, with payments available through credit cards or PayPal.

Is the NHL coming back in 2020?

Sharpen those skates, because the NHL is coming back for a fast-tracked, 24-team playoff format for the remainder of the 2019-20 season. After all play was halted in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the NHL announced that a new playoff format for 2020 has been approved and will be going ahead. This means that the great game of ice hockey will be returning to our screens, and teams will get to compete for the chance to bring home the Stanley Cup this year.

The altered format will see the top 12 teams in each conference (based on point percentage from March 12) fight it out for the Cup. Of course, this means that the remainder of the regular 31-team season will be scrapped. So, if your team didn’t make the cut, you’ll have to wait until the new season to see them on the ice.

So, when can I watch the NHL in 2020?

No specific dates have been set for the 24-team playoffs, but the NHL are confident that play will return soon. Until then, there’s always other sports or Kayo’s range of sports documentaries to keep you glued to the couch in the meantime.

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