Capitals vs Sabres Live Stream: How to Watch Online Without Cable

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Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals step onto the ice for the first time this season against a hungry Buffalo Sabers on Thursday.

The game starts at 7 p.m. ET and will be televised locally on NBC Sports Washington (in Capitals market) and MSG (in Sabres markets). But if you don’t have cable, here’s how you can watch a live stream of the Capitals vs Sabres online:

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If the Game is Out of Your Market: ESPN+

Any out-of-market viewers in the United States can watch the Capitals vs Sabres live on ESPN+:

Watch on ESPN+

ESPN+ is a streaming service that has one or two out-of-market live NHL games every day, as well as college basketball, UFC, international soccer, dozens of other live sports, every 30-for-30 documentary, and additional original content (both video and written) all for $5.99 per month.

Or, if you also want Disney+ and Hulu, you can get all three for $12.99 per month, which works out to about 31 percent savings:

Get the ESPN+, Disney+ and Hulu Bundle

Once signed up for ESPN+, you can watch the Capitals vs Sabres live on the ESPN app on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Fire Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, iPhone, Android phone, iPad or Android tablet.

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


If You’re in the Sabres Market: FuboTV

Note: FuboTV is the only streaming service that has MSG and a free trial

Fans in Buffalo and other local Sabres markets can watch MSG, MSG+ and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which you can use for free with a seven-day trial right here:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Capitals vs Sabres live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with 250 hours of cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to watch the game on-demand within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.


If You’re in the Capitals Market: FuboTV

Fans in Washington, DC and other local Capitals markets can watch NBC Sports Washington and 100-plus other TV channels on FuboTV, which you can try for free with a seven-day trial:

FuboTV Free Trial

Once signed up for FuboTV, you can watch the Capitals vs Sabres live on the FuboTV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the FuboTV website.

If you can’t watch live, FuboTV also comes with cloud DVR space, as well as a 72-hour look-back feature, which allows you to re-watch the game within three days of its conclusion, even if you don’t record it.


If You’re in the Capitals Market: Sling TV

Fans in Washington, DC and other local Capitals markets can watch a live stream of NBC Sports Washington and 40-plus other TV channels via Sling TV’s “Sling Blue” bundle. It’s the cheapest streaming service with NBC Sports Washington, plus you can get $10 off your first month, and get Showtime, Starz, and Epix included for free:

Get Sling TV

Once signed up for Sling TV, you can watch the Capitals vs Sabres live on the Sling TV app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, airTV Mini, Oculus, Portal, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Sling TV website.

If you can’t watch live, Sling TV comes included with 10 hours of cloud DVR.


If You’re in the Capitals Market: Hulu With Live TV

Fans in Washington, DC and other local Capitals markets can watch a live stream of NBC Sports Washington and 65+ other TV channels via Hulu With Live TV, which you can try out for free with a seven-day trial:

Hulu With Live TV Free Trial

Once signed up for Hulu With Live TV, you can watch the Capitals vs Sabres live on the Hulu app, which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV, or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Samsung Smart TV, LG Smart TV, Android TV, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet. Or you can watch on your computer via the Hulu website.

If you can’t watch live, Hulu with Live TV also comes with 50 hours of Cloud DVR storage (with the ability to upgrade to “Enhanced Cloud DVR,” which gives you 200 hours of DVR space and the ability to fast forward through commercials).


Capitals vs Sabres Preview

The Buffalo Sabers haven’t made the playoffs in nearly a decade, but made a splash this season by signing former MVP, Taylor Hall, pairing him with Jack Eichel.

“It was a year where a lot of things went right for me personally,” Hall said. “Getting to play with Jack this year and having a centerman that has the capabilities that he does obviously makes me really excited. Hopefully, we can play well together.”

But the Sabers will play in the very competitive East Division thanks to some realignment by the NHL to adapt during the COVID-19 pandemic. The division makes it an uphill battle, featuring three of the last five Stanley Cup champs.

“We have a challenge in front of us, which is great,” Sabers general manager Kevyn Adams said. “This is an amazing opportunity. We get to wake up every day and compete with the top teams in the league and challenge ourselves. The saying is ‘iron sharpens iron,’ right? We’re going to get better through this.”

The Washington Capitals are hoping to keep their championship window open a little longer with Alex Ovechkin wearing the “C” on his jersey. The 35-year-old Russian still has plenty left in the tank, tying for the league-lead in goals last season with 48 in 68 games.

Ovechkin will have some new veteran help on the roster in the form of Zdeno Chara, who comes over after 14 seasons in Boston. Chara has 22 years of NHL experience in all, is a six-time all-star, a Norris Trophy winner and a Stanley Cup champion.

“I think he’s experienced you know? He’s a winner. I think he’s a really competitive guy. He wants to play. He wants to win. He’s still big strong,” Ovechkin told reporters. “He’s going to help our D to learn a lot. He’s here to help us not ‘Okay, we sign Chara. … He’s going to work hard. He’s going to bring some energy. He’s going to bring some new experience to our team. I think it’s going to help us.”

The Capitals are the favorite in the game at -135. The total is set at 6 goals.

Point total over/under projections
Boston Bruins 70.5
Philadelphia Flyers 66.5
Washington Capitals 65.5
New York Islanders 64.5
Pittsburgh Penguins 64.5
New York Rangers 59.5
Buffalo Sabres 54.5
New Jersey Devils 52.5


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