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Islanders: NBC realizes Isles are good flexes game at Boston

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 19: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders in action against the Boston Bruins during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 19, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 19: Casey Cizikas #53 of the New York Islanders in action against the Boston Bruins during their game at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 19, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders will now feature three times on nationally televised games as NBC flexes their game against Boston Bruins on December 19.

You know the New York Islanders are good. I know the New York Islanders are good. With an 18-5-2 record and the fourth-best record in the NHL – at the time of writing – everyone now knows that the New York Islanders are in fact good.

And that’s why – at least I assume that’s why – NBC will be broadcasting the

Isles game against the Boston Bruins

(in Boston) on December 19 on national television.

The Isles national TV coverage was already better than it was a year ago. After John Tavares left before the 2018-19 season, everyone, including NBC thought the Isles would be any good. NBC scheduled to Islanders with one nationally televised game; January 3 against the Chicago Blackhawks.

Just one game. That’s all they got. The Chicago Blackhawks had 19. I’m sure NBC could have spared one of the Blackhawks games to toss the Islanders a bone.

This season, the Isles were given an extra date at the start of the season. They’d have two nationally televised games, their game against the Devils on January 2 and their game against the Flyers on February 22.

Now that the Islanders find themselves with a winning record for the second season in a row NBC has taken notice. Finally.

I sound bitter, because to an extent I am. The best way to grow the fanbase around this franchise is to get as many eyeballs on them as possible. Nationally televised games would do that. Imagine how many viewers would become Islanders fans if they could see Mathew Barzal on their TVs? And for the longest time, the Isles weren’t getting the coverage they needed.

I’m glad that trend is breaking this season with NBC adding the third game to the schedule. It took longer than I would have liked, but NBC is seemingly recognizing that the New York Islandesr are playing well.

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