If you love NHL hockey and your favorite game is blacked out or you don’t have access to a pay channel dedicated to NHL hockey there are still ways to keep up with scores around the league right on your smartphone or iPhone.

These top five hockey app picks guarantee you’ll stay on top of leaders, wins and player stats.

1. NHL GameCenter App

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Developed by NHL Interactive Cyberenterprises, L.P., the NHL GameCenter app is available for both Android and iOS (Apple) systems. This free app allows you to watch out-of-market games live and view highlights from games—even stream live game audio. Get stats for every player and team along with the latest scores and video highlights.

While the app is free to download there are upgrades ranging from around $4 to $50 to watch live streaming and video on-demand. If Verizon is your carrier and you have a Verizon Tablet and Verizon 4G LTE, you’ll get free access to exclusive content. The app also includes headshots of players, bios and top hockey topics.

2. Team Specific Smartphone Apps

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Browse both the Google Play Store and the iTunes App Store and search for your favorite hockey team. Many have apps including the Pittsburgh Penguins, the Chicago Blackhawks and the Calgary Flames. If you’re lucky enough to get  Carolina Hurricanes Tickets, each of the team specific apps offer those extra tidbits of information to share with friends.

Many of these apps allow you to set up alerts for hot news, watch YouTube videos and connect with others who love the team as much as you with tweets and Facebook shares.

3. Hockey Summit: NHL News App

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Summit Development brings us the Hockey Summit NHL News app available at the Google Play Store.

This free app offers access to approximately 100 websites dedicated to everything hockey. Read news feeds, watch videos and keep updated on scores, stats and schedules for every NHL team and make lists of favorite teams. Along with its ability to connect with each individual team’s website, you can also read the latest NHL news from sports hubs like the NHL, ESPN, Fox and Sportsnet.

4. NHL Schedules, Scores & Standings App

Description: NHL Schedules, Scores and Standings App

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From Best Apps for Phone Group comes this free NHL hockey app that keeps you updated on just what it says, schedules, scores, and standings. If you want just the facts, this NHL app is available free at the Google Play Store. Along with stats and scores, this NHL Hockey app allows fans to post stories, rumors, insights, and top best lists. Learn unusual facts about your favorite team or player and become an expert the next time you get together with fellow hockey fans.

5. Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey App

Description: Yahoo! NHL Fantasy App

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What would any sport be without a fantasy team or two? That’s exactly what the Yahoo! Fantasy Hockey app allows you to do. This free app is available for Android systems only and offers live scoring updates. Choose your team, bench them or start them or change your lineup for every game and track player and fantasy team performance. Invite friends to create their own teams and gain access to hot player news and NHL blogs. You can also move your teams to a SD card so you’re always on top of your fantasy team, at home or on the fly.

Your favorite NHL hockey apps can be found at the iTunes or Google Play Store so cheer on your favorites, become a stat expert or create the perfect NHL fantasy team!