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New York Islanders: Three Better Options for NBC Games to Broadcast

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders heads out for warm-ups prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 28: Thomas Greiss #1 of the New York Islanders heads out for warm-ups prior to the game against the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Two of the Eastern Conference Second Round during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Barclays Center on April 28, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – FEBRUARY 28: John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs skates in warm-ups prior to the game against the New York Islanders at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on February 28, 2019 in Uniondale City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /

Toronto Maple Leafs @ Nassau Coliseum | November 13

NBC Game that night: Capitals vs. Flyers

John Tavares returns to the Nassau Coliseum (again). This will be the first and only home game that the Islanders have against Tavares and his Toronto Maple Leafs. If NBC wanted drama, this is the game for them.

It was only a year ago that Tavares chose to go back home to the Toronto Maple Leafs and leave an entire fan base rocked to its core. Islanders fans won’t soon forget what John Tavares did on July 1, 2018.

His first game back on Long Island was one fans won’t ever forget. On that night 13,917 Islanders fans let all of their frustration and anger out at John Tavares. It was 60 minutes of booing, taunting, and name-calling. At times it was downright childish, but it was visceral and it was incredible. It was 60 minutes of must-watch TV.

Admittedly, this game on November 13th won’t reach the same fever pitch that game one did. We got a lot out back on February 28th. But that doesn’t mean the Coliseum crowd will be docile to Tavares and his friends.

Fans will undoubtedly boo him the second he comes out of the tunnel for warm-ups, takes a shift, touches the puck, or is shown on the big screen. They’ll continue to taunt him with chants reminding him it’s passed his bedtime or that he should go curl up in his Toronto Maple Leafs bedsheets.

Again, that’s must-watch television for anyone. Not only for the New York and Toronto markets (two of the largest sports markets in North America).

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