The New York Islanders are gearing up for their 2021-2022 season which opens up with Training Camp beginning September 23. Their first preseason game is shortly thereafter on September 26 and we’re starting to see some movement with this date rapidly approaching.
Also, with the new NHL deal with Disney, we found out the Islanders schedule for games not broadcasted on MSG Network. There will be 12 nationally televised games on the docket for New York this season.
The Islanders, who are fresh off two very deep playoff runs, are suddenly a much more marketable team despite being labeled as boring by some. Their first National TB game will be on the road in Chicago on October 19, airing on ESPN.
The Isles will also have to matchups against Tampa Bay, the team that has knocked them out each of the past two seasons on March 27 (TNT) and April 28 (ESPN+/Hulu). Yes, you’re going to need to have a streaming service for some of these games.
Of the 12 Nationally Televised games, these six are the only on stream games:
11/16 @ FLA ESPN+/Hulu
1/4 @ SEA ESPN+/Hulu
1/18 vs CBJ ESPN+/Hulu
1/27 cs LAK ESPN+/Hulu
3/31 vs CBJ ESPN+/Hulu
4/28 vs TB ESPN+/Hulu
It’s a new world that we’re living in and it’s one that we’re just going to have to get used to as fans of the sport. It’s a double-edged sword here. It’s going to be more difficult for some fans to see these games while also getting the team more exposure.
That’s what Islanders fans wanted all along right? Well, yes, but also like can the NHL not make it harder on fans to watch games at the same time? Is that too much to ask for?
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I thought it was hard enough finding the game when it was one of the MSG channels, now add TNT, ESPN, ESPN+ or Hulu into the mix and it’s a real mess of issues.