Panthers vs Stars Preseason Live Stream: How to Watch Online

Tyler Seguin

Getty Tyler Segiun (left) will return to the ice this season after missing much of the 2020-2021 season.

The Florida Panthers (2-0-0) and Dallas Stars (0-0-1) will face off in preseason action at the American Airlines Center on Wednesday.

In the United States, the game (8 p.m. ET start time) will be televised on Bally Sports Southwest (in local markets; Stars broadcast), and it will also stream live on ESPN+ for everyone outside of the Stars market. Games on ESPN+ are normally blacked out for in-market viewers, but this one is also available for those inside the Panthers market.

Here’s a complete rundown of all the different ways you can watch a live stream of the Panthers vs Stars online:

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If You are in the Stars’ Market

DirecTV Stream

Note: This is currently the only streaming service with Bally Sports Southwest

DirecTV Stream (formerly AT&T TV) has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” Bally Sports Southwest (live in local markets) is included in “Choice” and up, but you can pick any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial.

Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Fire Stick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:

DirecTV Stream Free Trial

Once signed up for DirecTV Stream, you can watch the Panthers vs Stars live on the DirecTV Stream app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the DirecTV Stream website.

If you can’t watch live, DirecTV Stream also comes with 20 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to 500 hours).


If You are Outside of the Stars’ Market

ESPN+

For US viewers, if you live in the Panthers’ market, or if the game is out of your market, you can watch it live on ESPN+:

Get ESPN+

ESPN+ has replaced NHL.TV this year, meaning it will have every out-of-market NHL game during the regular season (as well as some in- and out-of-market games during the preseason). It also includes at least one exclusive (available in all markets, not televised anywhere else) NHL game per week, as well as other live sports, every 30-for-30 documentary and additional original content (both video and written) all for $6.99 per month.

Or, if you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $13.99 per month. Separately, the three streaming services would cost a total $20.97 per month, so you’re saving about 33 percent:

Get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu Bundle

Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch the Panthers vs Stars live on the ESPN app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, any device with Android TV (such as a Sony TV or Nvidia Shield), Samsung Smart TV, Oculus Go, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

You can also watch on your computer via ESPN.com.


Panthers vs Stars Preview

Dallas has talent back healthy from a team that played for the Stanley Cup in 2020, and the Florida Panthers return players fresh off the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2016.

The Stars have center Tyler Seguin back from injury after missing most of the 2020-2021 season, which hindered the team in missing the playoffs the year after reaching the Cup finals. Former Minnesota Wild defenseman Ryan Suter signed with the Stars, which will give the team more veteran leadership. Seguin and Suter are expected to be in the lineup against the Panthers according to Matthew DeFranks of the Dallas Morning News.

Dallas beefed its goaltending by signing veteran goalie Braden Holtby, 32, in the offseason. Holtby played in the Stars’ preseason opener against St. Louis on Monday, a 2-1 loss to the St. Louis Blues in overtime. He stopped 15 shots but gave up a goal in regulation. Second-year goalie Jake Oettinger played, too, and collected 12 saves but surrendered the game-winner.

Stars forward Riley Tufte scored a goal in the opener as he looks to make a splash in the preseason. Tufte, 23, spent the past two seasons with Dallas’ AHL affiliate, the Texas Stars.

Florida has two preseason games under its belt already, and the team will field mostly younger players against the Stars. Panthers veterans mostly stayed home according to David Dwork of WPLG Local 10 News.

Former Tampa Bay Lightning goalie Christopher Gibson should get significant ice time, listed as the first goalie on the depth chart for the Panthers. Gibson didn’t play in the preseason opener.

Newcomer Sam Reinhart will play for the Panthers against the Stars. Reinhart came to the Panthers in a trade with the Buffalo Sabers after spending seven seasons with the team.

“Reino is a great guy,” Panthers forward Aleksander Barkov said per FloridaPanthers.com’s Jason Olive. “He’s already adjusted to our team. Everything I heard about him was that he was the nicest guy ever and the hardest working guy ever. I can see that he’s already at the gym and on the ice working. That’s what drives each other forward.”

Florida swept the Nashville Predators in a preseason doubleheader on Sunday. The Panthers beat the Predators 5-4 in overtime and 3-1 for the sweep.


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