Looking to return to the podium after missing out in Sochi, the United States men’s hockey team–this team locked and loaded with players outside of the NHL–begins its 2018 Olympic campaign with a matchup against Slovenia, who will be appearing in the Olympics for the second time in the country’s history.
In the United States, the game starts Wednesday morning at 7:10 a.m. ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network. If you don’t have cable or a cable log-in, you can watch a simulcast of NBCSN live online by signing up for one of the following cable-free, live-TV streaming services:
FuboTV: NBC Sports Network is included in the “Fubo Premier” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the FuboTV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the FuboTV app.
DirecTV Now: NBC Sports Network is included in each of the four main channel packages. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial no matter what package you choose, plus you can get a free Amazon Fire TV if you prepay two months. Once signed up, you can watch the game live on your computer via the DirecTV Now website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the DirecTV Now app.
Sling TV: NBC Sports Network is included in the “Sling Blue” channel package. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial, and you can then watch the game live on your computer via the Sling TV website, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the Sling TV app.
In addition to being able to watch the NBSCN simulcast via the above streaming services, you can also watch the game live on your computer via NBCOlympics.com, or on your phone, tablet or streaming device via the NBC Sports app. To watch this stream, you’ll have a 30-minute free preview before needing to sign in to your TV provider, but you can use your FuboTV, DirecTV Now or Sling TV credentials to do that.
The decision to have NHL players sit out the Olympics for the first time since 1994 obviously makes this tournament significantly more unpredictable, but it’s still fairly safe to say that this opening game is one that will help Tony Granato’s squad get Group Play started on the right foot. While oddsmakers peg the Red, White and Blue as +900 to take home gold, Slovenia is tied with South Korea for the longest odds at +25000.
While current NHL players are absent from the Games, the USA still has some players that will be recognizable to many fans. Captain Brian Gionta spent 15 years in the NHL with the New Jersey Devils, Montreal Canadiens and Buffalo Sabres, racking up 289 goals and 299 assists, while James Wisniewski is …read more