The 2017 NHL playoffs have finally arrived, and things will kick off with last year’s Stanley Cup winners, the Pittsburgh Penguins pitted against the Columbus Blue Jackets. These two teams are familiar foes, due to how often they play in their division, as well as a recent playoff matchup in 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs. the history behind these two teams is also very interesting as the penguins have a long history of victory in the playoffs, while the Jackets, well, don’t.
Similar to the Browns, the Blue Jackets are often the punching bag in hockey. After coming into the league in 2001, this team has only qualified for the playoffs twice and both ended in first-round losses. After smart moves by General Manager Jarmo Kekäläinen, the team seems to have gotten a new breath of life. The Jackets started off with an impressive 16-game winning streak, which came close to beating the 17-game streak held by, funny enough, the Penguins. The Jackets rose to national attention with that streak, and keep the momentum claiming the third seed in the playoffs. Many eyes are set on the Jackets as they have tough competition right out the gate. If the Jackets can overthrow the reigning champs, then they will surely prove that they have the right stuff to win the cup.
Does it ever suck to be a Pittsburgh fan? Black and yellow seem to work for this team and they have dominated hockey for almost three decades, going from Mario Lemuix in the ’90s to Sidney Crosby in the new millennium. Coming off last year’s Stanley Cup win, the Penguins just seem to keep the spark going. While the Capitols may be the favorites to win this year, there is one thing the Penguins have over them, and that’s not choking in the playoffs. Penguins are always in the mix to win it and come to different varying degrees close to the cup. Hoping to be back to back champs, this team will have to push the Jackets out of the race if they want to keep the dream alive.
With both teams ready to play, the first round is underway. The Penguins and Blue Jackets have a lot to prove and the cup on the line as one team will push for the four wins to punch their ticket to the next round. Want to know how you can watch this exciting match? Check below to see how you can live stream and watch the game online.
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How To Live Stream Blue Jackets vs. Penguins Online
Your best bet for watching the Blue Jackets take on The Penguins online via a live stream is USAnetwork.com. You will need your log-in and password information for your cable or satellite provider and you’re good to go.
If you don’t have access to a cable or satellite log-in, you can watch the game through Sling TV. Sling TV is a service that allows subscribers to watch live and on-demand TV channels on TVs, computers, or mobile devices for a monthly fee. It’s just like a cable or satellite TV service, except it’s delivered over the internet. The service’s Orange package includes USA network and costs $20 a month, but you can sign up for a free seven-day trial. If you cancel your subscription within the week, you will not be charged. Once signed up, simply download the app for your computer to start watching.
You can also live stream USA network online through DIRECTV NOW. DIRECTV offers a free seven-day trial, so you will receive a full week free before your paid membership begins. If you cancel your subscription within the seven day period, you will not be charged. DIRECTV NOW is available on Desktop, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast.
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You can also watch the game on the Sling app. Sign up for a free Sling trial and download their app from the App Store or Google Play. There is also a Sling app for Apple TV, Roku, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV.
DIRECTV has a DIRECTV NOW app on App Store and Google Play where you can watch USA Network for free, using your seven-day trial. You must cancel it before the trial period ends.