The 2013 NHL Playoff season is already in full swing! The Boston Bruins have emerged victorious over the Toronto Maple Leafs, squeaking by them in overtime of Game 7 after being down by three in the third period this past Monday. The Bruins will move on to our own New York Rangers, and the top-seeded Blackhawks are slated to take on the Red Wings.
So if you’re like us and you’ve proudly cut the cord on your expensive cable package in favor of cheaper streaming services but you’re still looking to stay in touch with the 2013 NHL Playoff season, you might be wondering what your options are. You could always go hunting for a bar that’s showing your favorite team’s game, but isn’t it preferable to be able to enjoy the games in the comfort of your own home? And what if you’re out of the country on business or vacation?
As far as we’re concerned, there’s one surefire way to stay connected to the NHL, even without a cable package, and that way is called NHL GameCenter.
What is NHL GameCenter?
All of the best hockey action is available on NHL GameCenter LIVE, and that even includes classic games of yesteryear.
NHL GameCenter LIVE is a subscription channel that offers live, out-of-market games, full or condensed replays of games, and even multiple games at once with mosaic view and picture-in-picture in crytalline, streaming HD on a multitude of devices and platforms. Basically, whatever game you’d like to see can be viewed through NHL GameCenter LIVE on whatever device you’d like to use, whether you own a smartphone, laptop, or Roku.
Better yet, with a NHL GameCenter LIVE subscription comes access to NHL Vault, which allows you to access a library of over 800 classic games dating as far back as the 1960s! In short, if you’re a serious hockey fan, NHL GameCenter LIVE is the channel for you, whether you’ve cut the cord or not.
Use a VPN to Watch NHL GameCenter
We mentioned above that we have a solution for those who want to watch NHL GameCenter but are on business or on vacation in one of the few countries where the channel isn’t offered, and it’s as simple as can be. All you need to do is subscribe to a VPN service provider.
A VPN, or Virtual Private Network, allows users to experience an unprecedented amount of security while using the internet. These subscription-based services allow you to keep your information secure by tunneling your data through encrypted servers located all over the world. With a VPN, you can enter your credit card or banking information online without fear of malevolent hackers or would-be identity thieves. Consider it the hulking, impenetrable goalie of internet security.
One of the other benefits of a VPN is that you can effectively trick your computer into thinking you’re in any part of the world you’d like. You can log in to your VPN and choose a server in Japan and your IP address will indicate that your computer is in Japan. This means you can access geographically restricted material from anywhere.
So if you’re in Sweden or Denmark (or one of the other Scandinavian countries where the channel isn’t offered) and you want to watch NHL GameCenter, all you need to do is log in to your VPN, choose an American server, and you’ll be ready to watch the 2013 playoffs! That’s as complicated as it gets!
Popular VPN service providers for US IP addresses include PrivateInternetAccess VPN, Overplay VPN, HideMyAss VPN, Strong VPN, and IPVanish VPN. FlashRouters also offers a new VPN provider comparison list to help you find the VPN that best suits your needs.
The FlashRouters Difference
Now that you’ve got your VPN subscription all lined up, you may be wondering if there’s anything more you can do to streamline your NHL GameCenter experience. Fortunately for you, we at FlashRouters have plenty of suggestions.
For starters, you can greatly improve your wireless network by perusing our line of routers. All of our routers are flashed with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware, which are replacement firmwares that boost the power, speed, and functionality of already powerful, fast, and functional routers.
Moreover, a flashed router will make your VPN experience that much more manageable. All of our routers are equipped with built-in VPN connectivity, which saves you the trouble and time of installing VPN connection software. We’ve seen and heard about too many high-quality routers ending up bricked because people attempted the tricky VPN-connection installation process on their own. Our technicians are experts and they’re more than happy to save you the effort and potential heartache.
With our routers, you can even use your VPN account on multiple devices! Or you can go with the popular dual router setup, which allows you to switch between your local network and your VPN network with minimal fuss.
Some of our most popular routers include the stalwart, time-tested Cisco Linksys E4200 DD-WRT router, which you could consider the Pavel Datsyuk of our line. For those looking for a flashy, exciting up-and-comer, you could always go with our recently-added, brand new Tomato router, the Cisco Linksys E3200: the John Tavares of FlashRouters. Then there’s the Sidney Crosby of our routers, the unstoppable powerhouse known as the “Dark Knight”: the Asus RT-N66U Tomato router; lesser routers tremble in its shadow.
And while you’re going to the trouble of upgrading your network for NHL GameCenter, maybe you should take a trip to our media devices store. We offer Rokus and Apple TVs and many other devices that feature the NHL GameCenter channel as well as many other great options.