NHL returns to Fenway Park for the 14th edition of the Winter Classic. The iconic stadium is the first venue to host the event twice, and there's no pressure on the Penguins, who are marking one year under the ownership of Boston-based Fenway Sports Group. The rink will run parallel to the Green Monster but let's hope no pucks cannon over the top of it. Read on as we explain how to watch a 2023 NHL Winter Classic live stream online wherever you are.
Date: Monday, January 2
Game time: 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 11am PT / 7pm GMT / 6am AEDT
Teams: Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins
Venue: Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts
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Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang all played in the first ever Winter Classic back in 2008, helping fire the Penguins to a 2-1 shootout victory over the Sabres. However, 11 years have passed since their last appearance in the fixture, a 3-1 defeat to the Capitals, and Mike Sullivan's men will be desperate to impress their owners in their famous backyard.
Beating the Bruins would be one heck of a flex. Doing so in Boston would be even better, then throw in the New Year and the FSG factor, and you get a sense of the size and importance of the occasion.
Not only are the Bruins dominating the Eastern Atlantic division, but their record is by far the best in the NHL this season. Jim Montgomery has turned his men into stonecold killers, and they'd love to kick off 2023 the same way they ended 2022. Boston was on the winning team the first time the Winter Classic was played at Fenway Park, beating the Flyers 2-1 in overtime.
Read on for details on how to get a 2023 NHL Winter Classic live stream so you can watch Pittsburgh Penguins vs Boston Bruins online from anywhere.
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How to watch 2023 NHL Winter Classic: live stream Penguins vs Bruins in the US without cable
The NHL Winter Classic is being shown on TNT in the US. If you have the channel as part of your cable package, then you're good to go.
The puck drops at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 11am PT on Monday, January 2.
Watch 2022 NHL Winter Classic without cable
Sling TV is an OTT service that's especially good for NHL fans.
As well as TNT, the Sling Orange package offers ESPN, ESPN2 and TBS in most major markets, thereby covering off a large number of NHL games including both primetime and local broadcasts. The usual cost is $40 a month, but if you're new to the service you can get 50% off your first month.
NHL Network is available as part of its $11 per month Sports Extra addon.
How to watch a 2023 NHL Winter Classic live stream from outside your country
Unfortunately, if you try to watch your domestic coverage of the 2023 NHL Winter Classic from somewhere outside your home country, you'll soon find a problem - geo-blocking.
That's where the broadcaster prevents you from watching your usual feed from abroad. It's a common problem for streamers all over the world, but there's an easy solution that can also help you get around blackout restrictions that sometimes apply to regular NHL games.
Use a VPN to live stream NHL Winter Classic from anywhere
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Once you've chosen and installed your VPN of choice, simply open the service's corresponding app, hit 'choose location', select the appropriate country and you'll be able to watch the broadcast as if you were back at home.
How to watch Penguins vs Bruins: live stream NHL Winter Classic in Canada
Sportsnet is showing the 2023 NHL Winter Classic in Canada, with the puck set to drop at 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 11am PT on Monday.
If you don't have the channel on cable, you can subscribe to standalone streaming service SN Now, which shows more than 300 games subject to regional blackouts. Prices starting at $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year.
A Sportsnet Now Premium subscription costs $34.99 per month or $199.99 per year, and nets you additional out-of-market games, plus WWE Network and coverage of Bundesliga and FA Cup soccer, United Rugby Championship, Premiership Rugby, National Rugby League and Super League Rugby.
If you're unable to tune in due to geo-blocking restrictions, remember that a VPN is all you need to watch the game as you would at home.
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How to watch NHL Winter Classic: live stream in the UK
In the UK, the 2023 NHL Winter Classic is being shown on Viaplay, with the action set to get underway at 7pm GMT on Monday evening.
Viaplay is the exclusive new NHL broadcaster in the UK, and you'll have to subscribe to the Total package for coverage, which costs £14.99 per month or £143.88 per year.
In addition to up to 1,400 NHL games, the service also shows La Liga football, the United Rugby Championship, the rugby league Championship, plus the IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship and Champions Hockey League.
How to watch 2023 NHL Winter Classic in Australia
NHL fans in Australia can watch the NHL Winter Classic on ESPN, which is available through Foxtel. You can also stream the action on your laptop or mobile using the Foxtel Go app.
Brace yourself for an early rise though, as the puck drops at 6am AEDT on Monday morning.
The game will also be shown on the incredible sports streaming service Kayo Sports, which is an ideal option for those who don't want the commitment of a lengthy (and pricey) contract.
Kayo lets you stream on two devices with its $27.50 per month Basic plan, and on three devices with its $35 Premium plan - both come with a FREE 7-day trial.
Kayo also gives you access to over 50 other sports including the NFL, cricket, NRL, F1... the list goes on! Handy if you don't want to go all out on Fox.
Not in Australia right now? Use a VPN if you're away from home, in order to tap into your domestic coverage.
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