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How To Watch Columbus Blue Jackets Games

by David Miklos Hazi
Watch Columbus Blue Jackets Games

Watching the Columbus Blue Jackets (R) hockey games has never been easier. In the 2021 NHL season, there are several different cord-cutting options available to watch Columbus Blue Jackets games without cable. In this review, we will cover several different available methods such as AT&T TV, ESPN+, fuboTV, Hulu With Live TV, NHL.TV, and Sling TV.

Watch Columbus Blue Jackets Live Without Cable

The Columbus Blue Jackets will play a shortened 56 game season in the 2021 NHL season. To live stream the Columbus Blue Jackets without cable you will need a streaming service that carries Fox Sports Ohio and NBC Sports Network. Due to carriage disputes in the industry, it is very important to check which services carry these channels because many of them have changed their channel offerings. However, there are still options available to stream the game legally and in high definition quality.


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Here is the list of the channels required to watch Blue Jackets hockey games and the different services that offer them.

ChannelsAT&T TV
AT&T TV NOW
Fubo TV
Hulu
Sling TV
YouTube TV
Fox Sports Ohio
NBC Sports Network
*Information provided for the Columbus, OH cord-cutters.

Columbus Blue Jackets TV Schedule 2021 Season

OpponentTime & DateChannelAT&T TV NOWAT&T TVFubo TVHuluSling TVYouTube TV
@ Nashville PredatorsThu, Jan 14 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Nashville PredatorsSat, Jan 16 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Detroit Red WingsMon, Jan 18 12:00 PMNBC Sports Network
@ Detroit Red WingsTue, Jan 19 7:30 PMFox Sports Ohio
Tampa Bay LightningThu, Jan 21 7:00 PMNBC Sports Network
Tampa Bay LightningSat, Jan 23 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Florida PanthersTue, Jan 26 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Florida PanthersThu, Jan 28 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Chicago BlackhawksFri, Jan 29 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Chicago BlackhawksSun, Jan 31 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Dallas StarsTue, Feb 2 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Dallas StarsThu, Feb 4 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Carolina HurricanesSun, Feb 7 3:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Carolina HurricanesMon, Feb 8 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Chicago BlackhawksThu, Feb 11 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Chicago BlackhawksSat, Feb 13 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Carolina HurricanesTue, Feb 16 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Nashville PredatorsThu, Feb 18 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Nashville PredatorsSat, Feb 20 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Chicago BlackhawksTue, Feb 23 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Chicago BlackhawksThu, Feb 25 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Nashville PredatorsSat, Feb 27 3:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Nashville PredatorsSun, Feb 28 3:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Detroit Red WingsTue, Mar 2 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Dallas StarsThu, Mar 4 8:30 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Dallas StarsSat, Mar 6 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Florida PanthersTue, Mar 9 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Florida PanthersThu, Mar 11 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Dallas StarsSat, Mar 13 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Dallas StarsMon, Mar 15 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Carolina HurricanesThu, Mar 18 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Carolina HurricanesSat, Mar 20 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Carolina HurricanesMon, Mar 22 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Carolina HurricanesThu, Mar 25 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Detroit Red WingsSat, Mar 27 3:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Detroit Red WingsSun, Mar 28 3:00 PMNBC Sports Network
@ Tampa Bay LightningTue, Mar 30 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Tampa Bay LightningThu, Apr 1 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Florida PanthersSat, Apr 3 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Florida PanthersSun, Apr 4 5:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Tampa Bay LightningTue, Apr 6 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Tampa Bay LightningThu, Apr 8 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Chicago BlackhawksSat, Apr 10 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Chicago BlackhawksMon, Apr 12 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Dallas StarsThu, Apr 15 8:30 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Dallas StarsSat, Apr 17 8:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Florida PanthersMon, Apr 19 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Florida PanthersTue, Apr 20 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Tampa Bay LightningThu, Apr 22 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Tampa Bay LightningSun, Apr 25 7:00 PMNBC Sports Network
Detroit Red WingsTue, Apr 27 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
@ Carolina HurricanesSat, May 1 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Nashville PredatorsMon, May 3 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Nashville PredatorsWed, May 5 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Detroit Red WingsFri, May 7 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
Detroit Red WingsSat, May 8 7:00 PMFox Sports Ohio
*All times are EST and subject to change.
**Availability based on in-market location.


AT&T TV

Watch Blue Jackets Games With AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW

AT&T TV Blue Jackets Streams
The best options available for watching NHL games is AT&T TV. Currently, AT&T TV offers regional sports networks for all 24 US-based NHL teams including Fox Sports RSNs, NBC Sports RSNs, and AT&T Sports RSNs. However, if your team is available on another streaming platform, then this service may not be the best available option.

Update: AT&T TV NOW has been discontinued and has merged with AT&T TV. Existing AT&T TV Now customers will not be affected and can keep watching NHL on this service but new customers will not be accepted.

The merge simplifies the service but comes with a few changes. New subscribers can choose between a no-contract plan at a slightly higher price or a 2-year contract plan for a slightly lower price. If you’re looking to purchase this service only for the NHL season then the no-contract plan might be a better option for you. Also, you are no longer required to use AT&T’s proprietary streaming set-top box.

The no-contract plan begins at $69.99/month and the 2-year contract price is $59.99/month. A regional sports fee of $8.49/month is extra; however, the Choice plan and above includes one-free year of HBO Max ($14.99/month value). Also included for free in Choice and above plans is NBA League Pass Premium which is a great deal if you’re also an NBA fan. If you want the NHL Network included you will need to purchase the Ultimate plan.

Typically AT&T has offered bundle discounts so check to see if there are any special offerings for new and existing AT&T Unlimited and internet customers.

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Stream Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Games With fuboTV

Blue Jackets on fuboTV

fuboTV is one of our top choices for streaming hockey games, but it does not carry the RSN for the Blue Jackets. This service does offer channels for other teams and national broadcasts. Most notably, this live streaming service gives subscribers access to most of the TV networks that carry NHL games such as NBC Sports Network, NBC, and MSG, MSG+, and NESN. FOX Sports Regional Networks are no longer available due to carriage disputes. Additionally, this service does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs.

Currently, fuboTV offers regional sports networks for 9 NHL teams. These teams include Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, San Jose Sharks, and Washington Capitals. fuboTV is the least expensive option for MSG, MSG+, and NESN.

Another top reason to get fuboTV is that it offers NHL Network which typically airs ~100 NHL games every season. Only Sling TV and fuboTV offer NHL Network.

fuboTV offers the following packages: Family ($64.99/month) and Elite ($79.99/month) plans. The fubo Family package contains 111 channels; 3 screens at once, and 250 hours of cloud DVR and the Elite package has 157 channels, 5 screens at once, 1000 hours of cloud DVR, and fubo Extra.

Cord-cutters interested in this service can sign-up by going through our link and starting a 7-day free trial. Please read our comprehensive fuboTV review for more details about this service.

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Steam Live Blue Jackets Games With Hulu With Live TV

Live Stream Columbus Blue Jackets On Hulu With Live TV

Hulu With Live TV was once one of the top options available for NHL games; however, Hulu now only offers availability to watch 4 NHL teams. These NHL teams are Chicago Blackhawks, Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, and the Washington Capitals. Much like other streaming platforms Fox Sports RSNs are no longer available due to carriage disputes with Sinclair.

With that said Hulu does carry NBC Sports Network which does air several Columbus Blue Jackets games this season.

Hulu only offers one live streaming TV package which is priced at $64.99/month. In addition to sports, Hulu + Live TV contains over 65 channels. Other popular channels offered by this service include Animal Planet, FX, National Geographic, History, USA, local channels, and more.

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Watch Live Columbus Blue Jackets Games With Sling TV

Watch Columbus NHL Games on Sling TV

Sling TV is no longer a great option for NHL games due to the loss of regional sports networks. However, just like Hulu, Sling TV does carry NBC Sports Network. Unlike cable or satellite TV, the service does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs.

Currently, Sling TV offers regional sports networks for 2 NHL teams. The two teams available are the San Jose Sharks and Washington Capitals. Sling TV is one of two streaming services that offer NHL Network, so if you are looking for some Blue Jackets games and national coverage of the week’s top matchups then this might be for you.

Sling TV offers the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans. Both streaming plans cost $35/month or you can get Orange + Blue for $50/month. Most NHL fans are going to want the Blue plan. For an extra $10 you can sign-up for the Sports Extra add-on to get NHL Network. Sports Extra gives subscribers access to even more sports such as football, baseball, and basketball.

Please read our comprehensive Sling TV review for more details.

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Stream NHL.TV With ESPN+

How to Watch NHL.TV On ESPN+

ESPN+ is a direct-to-consumer subscription streaming service from The Walt Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International group in partnership with ESPN. The service is a great way to watch Blue Jackets games this season. ESPN+ is the exclusive home to Quest For The Stanley Cup and the nightly NHL highlights and discussion program, In The Crease.

Additionally, ESPN+ offers more than 180 regular-season NHL games as part of its regular subscription which costs $5.99/month or $59.99/annual. If you subscribe to Disney+ and/or Hulu you can bundle ESPN+, Disney+, and Hulu together for just $13.99/month. You can bundle these services together by going to the ESPN+ website.

Fans will also be able to purchase and watch the entire NHL.TV package as part of ESPN+ for an additional price of $24.99/month or $99.99/annually. You can also purchase a single team pass for $84.99/annually.

NHL.TV is a standalone streaming service that lets you live stream every out-of-market NHL game. One of the major features is it allows you to watch up to four games at once, all season long. Additionally, you can choose not only from extra camera angles (two over-the-goal cameras, a zipline aerial cam, and the first-person ref cam) but also which audio hear: the television broadcast or the play-by-play for the team you’re cheering for. That’s in addition to an on-demand library of previous games and DVR capabilities that allow you to save, pause, and rewind as needed. Plus, it streams in 60 frames per second.

ESPN+ also offers live and on-demand coverage of MLB, MLS, UFC, college football, and several other popular sports. Watch ESPN’s original content such as Peyton’s Places, 30 For 30, E:60, and more. Read our comprehensive ESPN+ review.

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How To Stream Columbus Blue Jackets Games Out-of-Market

NHL is one of those sports that has a lot of blackout restrictions, especially for hockey cord-cutters. The good news is there is a way around these blackout restrictions for most of the services covered in this guide. The best way to do this is to pair NHL.TV with a VPN such as ExpressVPN.

Services like NHL.TV will blackout your local team. However, there is good news and that news is VPNs or Virtual Private Networks. VPNs help protect your streaming data and viewing habits by encrypting it. Today’s VPNs are fast and inexpensive.

A VPN allows you to “mask” your IP address by connecting to a server in another location. If your local hockey team has blackouts then you simply connect to a different region that is able to show your team. You may also use a VPN to access RSNs in different geographical regions.

Our top-rated VPN is ExpressVPN. ExpressVPN is a fast, reliable, and inexpensive option to pair with your favorite streaming service. Plans begin as low as $8.32/month. We love ExpressVPN because it has the necessary speed required to route streaming video with little to no loss in quality. You can try ExpressVPN free for 30-days.

Please Note: Using a VPN may be against your streaming service’s user agreement and you should proceed with caution.

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Illegal Streams of Columbus Blue Jackets Games

It is our policy to never recommend any illegal streams of NHL games or anything else. Many illegal “free” streams put you at considerable risk to acquire viruses and dangerous malware. Most illegal streams are terrible quality and frequently go dark in the middle of a game. Do you want to risk missing the game’s biggest moment because a stream went down? We do not believe it is worth the risk by any means just to save a few bucks.


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2021 NHL Team Guide For Watching Games Online

North Division
Calgary Flames
Edmonton Oilers
Montreal Canadiens
Ottawa Senators
Toronto Maple Leafs
Winnipeg Jets
Vancouver Canucks
East Division
Boston Bruins
Buffalo Sabres
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Philadelphia Flyers
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
West Division
Anaheim Ducks
Arizona Coyotes
Colorado Avalance
Los Angeles Kings
Minnesota Wild
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
Vegas Golden Knights
Central Division
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Columbus Blue Jackets
Dallas Stars
Detroit Red Wings
Florida Panthers
Nashville Predators
Tampa Bay Lightning


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