Watching hockey on iPhone

Hockey fans get ready for a hip check because the playoffs are underway now!

Hockey fans already know that the Stanley Cup playoffs are in full swing. You don't want to miss a moment of action with the top teams in the NHL. Whether you're rooting for the Bruins, the Ducks, or the Maple Leafs, you can get the scores and watch the games right on your iPhone or iPad with these hockey-friendly sports apps.

NHL

NHL app

For all the up-to-date information on the league standings, player stats, and post-game video highlights, you'll want to check in with the official NHL app first. You can listen in to play-by-play audio streaming of the playoffs.

For the low price of $19.99 annually, you can watch live clips of games without any blackout restrictions and get in-game highlights. For $24.99 per month, you can watch full game archives of the Stanley Cup playoffs and the entire regular season. If you're a diehard NHL fan, you're going to want to go all in with NHL.TV.

For all the latest news and coverage of the entire NHL, get the official app of the NHL.

theScore

theScore

theScore is a fantastic social sports app that not only keeps you up to date on all the latest scores and stats but also lets you follow your favorite players, no matter which team they're on. You can find out each player's game stats, injuries, and even see what they're tweeting. You can also customize your notifications to receive up-to-date information on what is most important to you.

theScore is for more than just hockey fans. It covers all major sports categories, including racing, golf, and soccer. You can follow your favorite teams and players across all seasons.

If you think of your favorite teams as "your" teams, get a little more intimate with theScore.

ESPN

ESPN

Sports fans will know that ESPN is a great place to find everything about everything when it comes to professional leagues. Whether you're checking in with the Stanley Cup playoffs or keeping track of who's doing what in the NFL, you'll know about it all from ESPN. You can read up on current stories, watch news clips, find out how your favorite teams are doing, and listen to sports talk radio, podcasts, and play-by-play commentary on live games, both internationally and regionally. You'll need a cable subscription to watch games, but you can still get access to a lot of useful content without it.

To keep up to date on all things sports, get the ESPN app and brush up on your news.

Shnarped

Shnarped

Shnarped is like Instagram for sports fans. You can follow your favorite players and keep track of what other sports fanatics are up to. When you like a video, you can send a "fist bump" to show you care. You can search for specific terms, like "NHL" or "Stanley Cup" to filter specific content. Follow other Shnarped users that have the same likes as you and you'll have hours of immersive sports entertainment without even needing to watch a single game. But that would just be ridiculous.

If you want to find other like-minded sports fans to share photos and videos with, join Shnarped.

Your favorite?

Do you have a go-to app for keeping up on the NHL and Stanley Cup? Let us know in the comments and we'll check it out.