Watching the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey games has never been easier. In 2018-2019 there are several different cord cutting options available to watch NHL (R) hockey games without cable. In this review, we will cover several different available methods such as Sling TV and fuboTV. We also provide you with information regarding times and channels for all Tampa Bay Lightning regular season games.
Watch Tampa Bay Lightning Live Without Cable
Here is the list of channels required to watch Lightning hockey games and the different services that carry them.
|Fox Sports Sun|
|NBC Sports Network|
Tampa Bay Lightning 2018-2019 TV Schedule
Here is the TV schedule for the 2018-2019 season.
|Date||Location||Home Team||Away Team|
|6/10/2018 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Florida Panthers|
|11/10/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Vancouver Canucks|
|13/10/2018 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|16/10/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Carolina Hurricanes|
|18/10/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Detroit Red Wings|
|20/10/2018 20:00||Xcel Energy Center||Minnesota Wild||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|21/10/2018 19:00||United Center||Chicago Blackhawks||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|24/10/2018 21:30||Pepsi Center||Colorado Avalanche||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|26/10/2018 18:00||T-Mobile Arena||Vegas Golden Knights||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|27/10/2018 21:00||Gila River Arena||Arizona Coyotes||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|30/10/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||New Jersey Devils|
|1/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Nashville Predators|
|3/11/2018 19:00||Centre Bell||Montréal Canadiens||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|4/11/2018 19:00||Canadian Tire Centre||Ottawa Senators||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|6/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Edmonton Oilers|
|8/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||New York Islanders|
|10/11/2018 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Ottawa Senators|
|13/11/2018 19:30||KeyBank Center||Buffalo Sabres||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|15/11/2018 19:00||PPG Paints Arena||Pittsburgh Penguins||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|17/11/2018 13:00||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia Flyers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|19/11/2018 20:00||Bridgestone Arena||Nashville Predators||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|21/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Florida Panthers|
|23/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Chicago Blackhawks|
|25/11/2018 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||New Jersey Devils|
|27/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Anaheim Ducks|
|29/11/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Buffalo Sabres|
|1/12/2018 19:00||BB&T Center||Florida Panthers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|3/12/2018 19:00||Prudential Center||New Jersey Devils||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|4/12/2018 19:30||Little Caesars Arena||Detroit Red Wings||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|6/12/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Boston Bruins|
|8/12/2018 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Colorado Avalanche|
|10/12/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||New York Rangers|
|13/12/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|16/12/2018 19:00||Bell MTS Place||Winnipeg Jets||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|18/12/2018 22:00||Rogers Arena||Vancouver Canucks||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|20/12/2018 21:00||Scotiabank Saddledome||Calgary Flames||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|22/12/2018 22:00||Rogers Place||Edmonton Oilers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|27/12/2018 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Philadelphia Flyers|
|29/12/2018 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Montréal Canadiens|
|31/12/2018 20:00||Honda Center||Anaheim Ducks||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|3/1/2019 22:30||STAPLES Center||Los Angeles Kings||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|5/1/2019 23:00||SAP Center at San Jose||San Jose Sharks||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|8/1/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|10/1/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Carolina Hurricanes|
|12/1/2019 19:00||KeyBank Center||Buffalo Sabres||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|13/01/2019 19:00||Barclays Center||New York Islanders||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|15/01/2019 20:30||American Airlines Center||Dallas Stars||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|17/01/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|19/01/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||San Jose Sharks|
|30/01/2019 20:00||PPG Paints Arena||Pittsburgh Penguins||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|1/2/2019 19:00||NYCB Live/Nassau Coliseum||New York Islanders||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2/2/2019 20:00||Madison Square Garden||New York Rangers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|5/2/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Vegas Golden Knights|
|7/2/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||St. Louis Blues|
|9/2/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|10/2/2019 18:00||BB&T Center||Florida Panthers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|12/2/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Calgary Flames|
|14/02/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Dallas Stars|
|16/02/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Montréal Canadiens|
|18/02/2019 19:30||Nationwide Arena||Columbus Blue Jackets||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|19/02/2019 19:00||Wells Fargo Center||Philadelphia Flyers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|21/02/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Buffalo Sabres|
|25/02/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Los Angeles Kings|
|27/02/2019 19:30||Madison Square Garden||New York Rangers||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|28/02/2019 19:30||TD Garden||Boston Bruins||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2/3/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Ottawa Senators|
|5/3/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Winnipeg Jets|
|7/3/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Minnesota Wild|
|9/3/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Detroit Red Wings|
|11/3/2019 19:00||Scotiabank Arena||Toronto Maple Leafs||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|14/03/2019 19:30||Little Caesars Arena||Detroit Red Wings||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|16/03/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Washington Capitals|
|18/03/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Arizona Coyotes|
|20/03/2019 19:30||Capital One Arena||Washington Capitals||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|21/03/2019 19:00||PNC Arena||Carolina Hurricanes||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|23/03/2019 20:00||Enterprise Center||St. Louis Blues||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|25/03/2019 19:30||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Boston Bruins|
|30/03/2019 19:00||Amalie Arena||Tampa Bay Lightning||Washington Capitals|
|1/4/2019 19:30||Canadian Tire Centre||Ottawa Senators||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|2/4/2019 19:30||Centre Bell||Montréal Canadiens||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|4/4/2019 19:00||Scotiabank Arena||Toronto Maple Leafs||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|6/4/2019 13:00||TD Garden||Boston Bruins||Tampa Bay Lightning|
Stream Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Games With fuboTV
fuboTV is our top choice for streaming NHL hockey games. fuboTV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. This live streaming service gives subscribers access to most of the TV networks that carry NHL games such as Fox Sports Sun and NBC Sports Network. fuboTV also includes MSG and NESN.
The Lightning has almost every single game on these channels. NBC SportsNet airs 2 national games every week as well so you can watch even more hockey games live. The service also includes popular channels such as FOX Sports Networks, RSNs, college football networks, FX, USA, NBA TV, and more. fuboTV provides access to every U.S. NHL team with the exceptions of the Las Vegas Golden Knights, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Colorado Avalanche.
fuboTV offers two different packages fubo ($39.99/month) and fubo Extra ($44.99/month). The fubo package contains over 80+ channels and the fubo Extra package has 100+ channels. New customers can get the first month of either package at a 20% discount through our link.
Please read our comprehensive fuboTV review for more details.
Watch Live Lightning Games With Sling TV
Sling TV is also a great option for viewing Lightning games this year. Sling TV does not require a contract nor does it have any installation costs. This live TV streaming service offers NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC, GOLF Channel, and NHL Network. Most importantly they carry the Lightning RSN, FOX Sports Sun.
Sling TV offers the Sling Orange and Sling Blue plans. Both streaming plans cost $25/month or you can get Orange + Blue for $40/month.
Please read our comprehensive Sling TV review for more details.
If you are traveling your local games may be blacked out. To overcome this, use Sling TV with a VPN service and you will be able to watch your team play out-of-market.
Additional Ways To Stream Tampa Bay Lightning Games
- NHL.TV – Formerly known as “GameCenter Live,” NHL.TV makes every NHL regular season game available live online. This service is loaded with blackout restrictions. You will likely need a VPN.
- DIRECTV NOW – To get hockey you need to sign up for the service that costs $55/month. They don’t carry NESN. This service is for cord-cutters looking for a satellite TV style experience.
- PlayStation Vue – You will need to get the Core package for $49.99/month. PS Vue is good but is for people who primarliy streaming through their game console.
- Hulu – Hulu is a popular service but they have ala carte options that other services feature. They do not cover NESN. Their service costs $39.99/month.
- YouTube TV – Very popular new service but lack variety of streaming packages and add-ons. Does not carry the MSG Network. This service costs $40.00/month.
How To Use A VPN To Stream Tampa Bay Lightning
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.
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. 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.
Illegal Streams of Tampa Bay Lightning Games
It is our policy to never recommend any illegal streams of NFL games or anything else. Most illegal “free” streams put you at a considerable risk to acquire viruses and dangerous malware. These streams are untrustworthy, blurry, low-quality, and quite frankly just flat out garbage. It is not worth the risk by any means just to save a few bucks.
2018-2019 NHL Team Guide For Watching Games Online
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
Toronto Maple Leafs
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
New York Islanders
New York Rangers
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Vegas Golden Knights
St. Louis Blues