Cord Cutting and Sports

I've been fairly happy without cable for my first year on my own. I haven't had any troubles finding things to watch and, in general, I feel like I am watching more things I enjoy (my massive blu-ray collection, mainly) than the typical crap I used to throw on in the background just to make noise. Not to mention saving the $50-100 a month

Everything has been great... except for sports. I am a huge sports fan, specifically hockey, so being without cable has been difficult, to say the least. I had NHL GameCenter Live, but more than half of the 48 games the Wings played this season were blacked out due to them being on national TV (more often than not, the NHL's own NHL Network). Additionally, I get access to zero playoff games through this. Needless to say, I have written a few complaints (they do warn you about the blackouts, but nearly 30/48 games being unwatchable is unacceptable) and been loud about my displeasure on Twitter and I definitely will not be purchasing the service again.

So, I ask you, what is the best way to get your sports fix (and watch the teams you want to watch) without cable? Is there any choice or should I give in and spring for cable just to get NBCSN?