A boy plays air hockey during a televised showing of the ladies figure skating free skating event of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, at the Russia house in Gangneung on February 23, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Ed JONES (Photo credit should read ED JONES/AFP via Getty Images)
We are days away from the New York Islanders hitting the ice again for the first time since March 10. With an incomplete 2019-20 season and with games being held in Toronto and Edmonton it’s not the perfect solution for restarting the hockey season, but it’s the best one we got.
And it all begins on July 29 when the Isles take on the New York Rangers in an exhibition game prior to the start of their five-game qualifying-round series against the Florida Panthers.
With hockey being played throughout the day now, puck drop isn’t always going to be in primetime like it is during the regular season. Games start as early as noon and being as late as 8 PM in Toronto.
August 1 @ 4 PM: Islanders vs Panthers (Game 1)August 4 @ noon: Islanders vs Panthers (Game 2)August 5 @ noon: Panthers vs Islanders (Game 3)August 7 @ TBD: Panthers vs Islanders (Game 4)*August 8 @ TBD: Islanders vs Panthers (Game 5)*
This is where it gets difficult. Navigating TV contracts and who carries the games while trying to navigate those wildly unpopular blackout restrictions make things quite frustrating to sort out. Again, hopefully this will help.
All Isles games will be available on NBCSN nationally. They will be blacked out in local markets. Local carriers, like MSG, will be broadcasting the games in those local markets.
Here’s where the games will be carried from the exhibition game versus the Rangers to the qualifying round against the Panthers:
Game 1: NBCSN, MSG+, NHL.TV, SN1, TVAS, FS-FGame 2: NBCSN, MSG+, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, MSG+, FS-FGame 3: NBCSN, MSG+, NHL.TV, SN, TVAS, FS-F
Games 4 and 5 are TBD as far as who will carry them. But I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s a carbon copy of what we see from games 1 through 3.
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