Game 1 is Scheduled for Saturday, August 1st at 4:00pm ET,
with Pregame Coverage Set to Begin on MSG+ at 3:30pm ET
Upcoming Coverage to Include New Shows Previewing the Qualifying Matchup on

Wednesday, July 29th and Friday, July 31st, Featuring Interviews with Coach Trotz and Islanders Players,

Along With Expert Commentary and In-Depth Analysis from Islanders Broadcasters Brendan Burke,
Butch Goring and Shannon Hogan

Additional Programming on MSG+ This Week and Next to Include Re-Airs of the Islanders’ Wins
From the 2019-20 Season in Celebration of the Team’s Upcoming Return to the Ice

New York, NY (July 15, 2020) – With the National Hockey League set to return to the ice, MSG Networks (NYSE: MSGN) today announced the official telecast schedule for the New York Islanders for their upcoming Stanley Cup Qualifiers playoff series against the Florida Panthers. Game 1 is scheduled to take place on Saturday, August 1st at 4:00pm ET, with pregame coverage getting underway at 3:30pm ET on MSG+.

All of the Islanders’ opening round games versus the Panthers will be held at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, one of the two NHL designated hub cities for this year’s playoffs. Under the new best-of-five matchup qualifying format, the 7th-seeded Islanders will be assigned the home team in Games 1, 2 and 5, with the 10th-seeded Panthers taking the ice as the home team in Games 3 and 4.

The full telecast schedule for the Islanders’ opening playoff series airing on MSG+ is below, along with the team’s exhibition game versus the Rangers at 8:00pm ET on Wednesday, July 29th. The games will also be available for viewing on MSG GO, the network’s live streaming and video on demand platform for smartphones, tablets and computers.

Game Date Opponent ^ Time Pregame Network
Exhibition Weds, July 29 Rangers 8:00pm ET 7:30pm ET MSG+
Game 1 Sat, Aug 1 Florida 4:00pm ET 3:30pm ET MSG+
Game 2 Tues, Aug 4 Florida 12:00pm ET 11:30am ET MSG+
Game 3 Weds, Aug 5 @ Florida 12:00pm ET 11:30am ET MSG+
*Game 4 Fri, Aug 7 @ Florida TBD TBD TBD
*Game 5 Sun, Aug 9 Florida TBD TBD TBD


^ all games at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto

* if necessary

Play-by-play announcer Brendan Burke and analyst Butch Goring will call the game action remotely each night from MSG Networks’ studios in New York City. Shannon Hogan will host pregame, postgame and intermission coverage throughout the series from the network’s studio as well, alongside studio analyst AJ Mleczko.

In anticipation of the return of hockey, MSG+ will be airing two new Islanders preview shows on Wednesday, July 29th and Friday, July 31st, featuring interviews with Coach Trotz and various Islanders players. During each show, Islanders broadcasters Brendan Burke, Butch Goring and Shannon Hogan will break down the upcoming qualifying matchup and provide fans with the latest news and info on the team before they get set to return to the ice.

MSG+ will also be re-airing all of the Islanders’ wins from the 2019-20 regular season over the next two weeks, which will provide fans with a great look back at the team’s run to the playoffs. Viewers will get to re-watch the team’s wins consecutively from the beginning of the season, starting with the Islanders’ first win in October against Winnipeg.

About MSG Networks Inc.
MSG Networks Inc., a pioneer in sports media, owns and operates two award-winning regional sports and entertainment networks and a companion streaming service that serve the nation’s number one media market, the New York DMA, as well as other portions of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The networks feature a wide range of compelling sports content, including exclusive live local games and other programming of the New York Knicks, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabres, as well as significant coverage of the New York Giants and Buffalo Bills. This content, in addition to a diverse array of other sporting events and critically acclaimed original programming, has established MSG Networks as the gold standard in regional sports.

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