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How To Watch Washington Capitals Games

by David Miklos Hazi
Watch Washington Capitals Games

Watching the Washington Capitals (R) hockey games has never been easier. In the 2021 NHL season, there are several different cord-cutting options available to watch Washington Capitals 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 Washington Capitals Live Without Cable

The Washington Capitals will play a shortened 56 game season in the 2021 NHL season. To live stream the Washington Capitals without cable you will need a streaming service that carries NBC Sports Washington 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.


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

ChannelsAT&T TV
Fubo TV
Sling TV
YouTube TV
NBC Sports Washington
NBC Sports Network
*Information provided for the Washington, D.C. cord-cutters.

Washington Capitals TV Schedule 2021 Season

OpponentTime & DateChannelAT&T TV NOWAT&T TVFubo TVHuluSling TVYouTube TV
@ Buffalo SabresThu, Jan 14 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Buffalo SabresFri, Jan 15 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Pittsburgh PenguinsSun, Jan 17 12:00 PMNBC
@ Pittsburgh PenguinsTue, Jan 19 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Network
Buffalo SabresFri, Jan 22 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington+
Buffalo SabresSun, Jan 24 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New York IslandersTue, Jan 26 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington+, NBC Sports Network
New York IslandersThu, Jan 28 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Boston BruinsSat, Jan 30 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Boston BruinsMon, Feb 1 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New York RangersThu, Feb 4 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Philadelphia FlyersSun, Feb 7 12:00 PMNBC
Philadelphia FlyersTue, Feb 9 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Buffalo SabresThu, Feb 11 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Buffalo SabresSat, Feb 13 1:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Pittsburgh PenguinsSun, Feb 14 3:00 PMNBC
@ Pittsburgh PenguinsTue, Feb 16 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Network
New York RangersSat, Feb 20 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New York RangersSun, Feb 21 5:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Pittsburgh PenguinsTue, Feb 23 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Network
Pittsburgh PenguinsThu, Feb 25 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New Jersey DevilsSat, Feb 27 1:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New Jersey DevilsMon, Mar 1 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Boston BruinsWed, Mar 3 7:00 PMNBC Sports Network
@ Boston BruinsFri, Mar 5 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New Jersey DevilsSun, Mar 7 5:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Network
New Jersey DevilsTue, Mar 9 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Philadelphia FlyersThu, Mar 11 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Philadelphia FlyersSat, Mar 13 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New York IslandersMon, Mar 15 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New York IslandersTue, Mar 16 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New York RangersFri, Mar 19 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New Jersey DevilsThu, Mar 25 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New Jersey DevilsFri, Mar 26 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
New York RangersSun, Mar 28 12:00 PMNBC
@ New York RangersTue, Mar 30 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New York IslandersThu, Apr 1 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New Jersey DevilsFri, Apr 2 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New Jersey DevilsSun, Apr 4 3:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New York IslandersTue, Apr 6 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Boston BruinsThu, Apr 8 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Boston BruinsSun, Apr 11 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Buffalo SabresTue, Apr 13 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Buffalo SabresThu, Apr 15 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Philadelphia FlyersSat, Apr 17 12:30 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Boston BruinsSun, Apr 18 12:00 PMNBC
@ Boston BruinsTue, Apr 20 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Network
@ New York IslandersThu, Apr 22 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New York IslandersSat, Apr 24 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ Philadelphia FlyersTue, Apr 27 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington, NBC Sports Network
Pittsburgh PenguinsThu, Apr 29 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Pittsburgh PenguinsSat, May 1 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New York RangersMon, May 3 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
@ New York RangersWed, May 5 7:00 PMNBC Sports Network
Philadelphia FlyersFri, May 7 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
Philadelphia FlyersSat, May 8 7:00 PMNBC Sports Washington
*All times are EST and subject to change.
**Availability based on in-market location.


Stream Washington Capitals NHL Games With fuboTV

Capitals on fuboTV

fuboTV is one of our top choices for streaming Capitals hockey games. 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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Watch Capitals Games With AT&T TV and AT&T TV NOW

AT&T TV Capitals 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.

Watch Capitals With AT&T TV Today

Steam Live Capitals Games With Hulu With Live TV

Live Stream Washington Capitals On Hulu With Live TV

Hulu With Live TV offers availability to watch 4 NHL teams. These NHL teams are Chicago Blackhawks, Philadelphia Flyers, 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 Washington Capitals 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 Washington Capitals Games With Sling TV

Watch Washington NHL Games on Sling TV

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 Capitals games and national coverage of the week’s top matchups then this might be for you. Also offered by Sling TV is NBC Sports Network.

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.

This service is the most economical way to watch the Capitals. 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 Capitals 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 Washington Capitals 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 Washington Capitals 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.


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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