The Islanders will appear on MSG Networks 77 times this season, with five other games being broadcast nationally on NBCSN. The broadcast crew remains the same. Howie Rose and Butch Goring will be on the call, Shannon Hogan returns as host/reporter, and Stan Fischler is back as a correspondent during home games.
One semi-new addition will be Rick DiPietro joining the crew as an analyst for select games. The former Islanders first overall pick in 2000 did appear from time-to-time on broadcasts last season, however it wasn't until later on in the year. This season it seems like it will be a more consistent presence.
One thing that will surely be a point of contention for Islanders fans will be the team's relegation to MSG Plus 2 during certain games. Of the 77 games that will be carried, 15 of them will be on MSG Plus 2. The Islanders usually end up on there when a conflict arises during a night that the Knicks/Rangers/Islanders/Devils -- or some variation -- all have games.
The big issue with MSG Plus 2 is the fact many cable providers don't carry the network in high definition, which leads to many fans to watching a game with picture quality straight out of the early 2000s. Fans will also not be pleased by the fact the New Jersey Devils only have 12 games being relegated to MSG Plus 2 during scheduling conflict dates.
Considering the non-HD MSG Plus 2 has been an issue for some time now, I doubt that it wont be this season as well.
Like last year, the Islanders will have one preseason game broadcast. This year it will be the September 23 contest against the New Jersey Devils. Again, Islanders fans wont be thrilled about this considering the Devils will have three preseason games carried and all six of the New York Rangers' preseason contests will be on MSG.
The Number of Rangers games being carried shouldn't be a surprise to anyone since they essentially serve as a three hour promo for the team -- Rangers owner James Dolan also owns MSG Networks. So there is plenty of incentive to cover the blueshirts' preseason.
Even the Devils games almost serve as a promo for the Rangers, who are the Devils' opponent in two of the three preseason contests. The Devils game against the Islanders in Brooklyn will only be the Isles broadcast team.
With the TV schedule now out, the only question remaining in regards to Islanders broadcasts is where will the team's new radio home be.