We knew what days the New York Islanders would play, but not at what time. Now we know.
During the qualifying round of the 2019-20 NHL season up to six games will be played per day in Toronto and Edmonton. We knew that the New York Islanders and Florida Panthers would play three games between August 1 and August 5, but we weren’t sure when they’d be on TV.
With so many games to play in only two locations not everyone could play in prime time (8 PM) so we knew that there might be at least a game or two played at an earlier time.
We found out today that the Isles are playing all of their qualifying round games earlier in the day.
Here’s the Islanders TV schedule for their singular exhibition game and their qualifying round against the Florida Panthers:
As far as where these games will be broadcast, NBC will provide the world feed from Toronto (much to the chagrin of Steve Simmons) while Sportsnet will provide the world feed from games in Edmonton.
Somehow I’m sure NBC will still find a way to sneak in a few Chicago references here and there. It isn’t an NBC broadcast without one.
Looking over the 2019-20 schedule the Islanders were good in early games (anything before 7 PM EST). With over 13 early games, this season the Isles carry a 6-3-4 record. One of those early games was a 2-1 win against the Florida Panthers on November 9.
Now that we know there will be games, what date, and at what time we can get hyped for puck drop on July 29 against the Rangers.