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2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final: How to watch Lightning’s Game 2 vs. Avalanche tonight

It takes 16 wins to sip the Lord Stanley Cup and the Colorado Avalanche are just three away from lifting one of the sport’s most iconic trophies. They were preseason favorites and made the playoffs easy, going 12-2 in the playoffs and a stunning 7-0 on the road. They swept the Edmonton Oilers in four games in the Western Conference Finals and are looking to win their first Stanley Cup since 2001. The Avalanche lead 1-0 in the series after Andre Burakovsky buried a goal in overtime to seal the win in Game 1 .

Meanwhile, the Tampa Bay Lightning are creating a modern hockey dynasty. They are looking to become the first team to win three straight championships since the New York Islanders won four in a row in the early 1980s. After a rocky start in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Lightning struggled down from a 2-0 deficit to win four straight and now returns to the Stanley Cup Finals for the third straight year. They will need to pull themselves out of another early deficit in order to keep their three-round hopes alive.

Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Colorado Avalanche will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT). All Stanley Cup Finals games will be broadcast live on ABC and ESPN More.

Whereas you can use an antennathanks to live tv streaming services, cable cutters can stream all the action with no cable subscription required. Here’s everything you need to know about how to watch or stream the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final.

Read more: How to get ESPN Plus for the Stanley Cup Final

Tampa Bay Lightning's Steven Stamkos stops in front of Avalanche goaltender Darcy Kuemper, blasting him with ice, as Avalanche forward Mikko Rantanen defends.

The Tampa Bay Lightning is looking to win three consecutive Stanley Cups as they take on the Colorado Avalanche in the Stanley Cup Finals.

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NHL Playoffs FAQs

What is the schedule for the 2022 Stanley Cup Final?

Here’s the schedule for the next three Stanley Cup Finals games, including series status. See NHL.com for the complete schedule.

Saturday June 18

  • Tampa Bay Lightning vs. Colorado Avalanche, Game 2, 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC and ESPN Plus (Avalanche leads 1-0)

Monday, June 20

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 3, 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC and ESPN Plus

Wednesday June 22

  • Colorado Avalanche vs. Tampa Bay Lightning, Game 4, 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) on ABC and ESPN Plus

What does full support look like?

Which channels will broadcast the playoff matches?

The NHL playoffs aired on a range of networks, including ABC, ESPN and TNT.

The Stanley Cup Final will air on ABC and ESPN Plus in the United States and on Sportsnet in Canada.

How can I stream the games to my phone?

If you have a live TV streaming service (like Sling TV, YouTube TV, or one of those below), you can use its app. If you have cable or satellite, you can use your provider’s app or one of the following, after logging in with your cable provider’s credentials:

  • For ABC games, use the ESPN application. Click the gear icon in the top right, then select Manage TV provider.

You will need to be an ESPN Plus subscriber or have a TV package that includes ABC in order to watch Stanley Cup Finals games using the app.

How to watch, live stream the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Final

Since these games are all broadcast nationally, the best way to catch all the hockey action live, without cable, is to use a live tv streaming service.

ESPN Plus is home to out-of-market hockey coverage and will air all Stanley Cup Finals games simultaneously with ABC.

While the $7-a-month, $70-a-year service is better suited to die-hard fans of the sports it covers well — primarily hockey, football, and the UFC — more casual fans might end up with one anyway. ESPN Plus subscription through the Disney Bundle, which also includes Hulu and Disney Plus for a total of $14. Getting the bundle saves $7 per month on the cost of each individual service, so in essence, you’re getting ESPN Plus for free.

YouTube TV costs $65 per month and features ABC.

Although Sling does not have access to ABC, you can watch these games using the simulcast stream available on ESPN3.

DirecTV Stream’s cheapest Plus plan, at $70 per month, includes ABC.

Hulu Plus Live TV costs $70 per month and broadcasts ABC.

FuboTV costs $70 per month and also includes ABC.

Most live TV streaming services offer a free trial or discounts for the first month and allow you to cancel at any time. All of them require a strong internet connection. Looking for more information? Discover our guide to live tv streaming services.