NHL announces nationally televised games and time changes for NY Islanders

Pittsburgh Penguins v New York Islanders
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The NHL is 41 days away from puck drop on the 2023-24 season, and today, all nationally televised have been announced, including 12 NY Islanders games. These games will be broadcasted across ESPN, ESPN+, ABC, and Hulu, including three of the four games against the NY Rangers - one of which will be the Stadium Series game at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 18. Aside from their in-state rivals, the Isles will be seen nationally against other division rivals along with some Western Conference teams mixed in, notably Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers.

Two games will be seen exclusively on ESPN, four on ESPN+/Hulu, four on TNT, and two on ABC. Both ABC games will be against the Rangers, including the Stadium Series Game. The third game with the Rangers will be a 1 p.m. Matinee game at Madison Square Garden on St. Patrick's Day, which can be seen on TNT.

- November 15: at Vancouver Canucks, 10 p.m., TNT
- November 30: at Carolina Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+/Hulu
- December 19: vs Edmonton Oilers, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+/Hulu
- December 20: at Washington Capitals, 7:30 p.m., TNT
- January 11: vs Toronto Maple Leafs, 7 p.m., ESPN
- February 8: vs Tampa Bay Lightning, 8 p.m., ESPN
- February 18: vs New York Rangers (Stadium Series), 3 p.m., ABC, ESPN+
- March 14: at Buffalo Sabres, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+/Hulu
- March 17: at New York Rangers, 1 p.m., TNT
- March 19: vs Carolina Hurricanes, 7:30 p.m., ESPN+/Hulu
- April 13: at New York Rangers, 12:30 p.m., ABC, ESPN+
- April 17: vs Pittsburgh Penguins 7 p.m., TNT

Last season, the Isles were nationally televised 11 times, finishing with a 5-6 record. For a while, it seemed these games were a curse for the Isles, going 1-5 during their first six, with the lone win being a shutout victory over the Rangers. As the Isles fought for a playoff position at the tail end of the season, they found the win column more often and brought their record closer to .500.

To accommodate these nationally televised games, some schedule juggling had to be done in terms of start times. No dates will be changed, but seven games will begin at a different time from when the schedule was announced.

- Nov. 15, at Vancouver is now at 10 p.m. (previously 10:30 p.m.)
- Nov. 30, at Carolina is now at 7:30 p.m. (previously 7 p.m.)
- Jan. 11, vs Toronto is now at 7 p.m. (previously 7:30 p.m.)
- Feb. 8, vs Tampa Bay is now at 8 p.m. (previously 7:30 p.m.)
- Feb. 24, vs Tampa Bay is now at 2 p.m. (previously 12:30 p.m.)
- Mar. 2, vs Boston is now at 7:30 p.m. (previously 3 p.m.)
- Mar. 14, at Buffalo is now at 7:30 p.m. (previously 7 p.m.)