After a week of waiting on will they or won’t they, the NHL has finally released the regular season schedule. After coming to terms with a deal to send the players off to the Olympic games in Sochi, the league will take a 2 week break in February. Get your DVR/PVR’s ready folks, there’s a lot of take in this year.
The Islanders will now be apart of the newly named Metropolitan Division. The league sets to open up on October with the Isles home opener taking place on Saturday, October 5th against the Columbus Blue Jackets. It’s interesting to note that their will be both 4 or 5 game home stands throughout the year.
The NHL itself, breaks down the new Eastern Conference, 8 team divisions and how the games are situated like this:
Eastern Conference (8-Team Divisions)
Within Conference (Division): 30 games
* 5 games vs. two teams (3 Home/2 Away vs. one team, 2 Home/3 Away vs. one team) AND 4 games vs. five teams (2 Home/2 Away). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
* 5 X 2 =10 games
* 4 X 5 = 20 games
Within Conference (Non-Division): 24 games
* 3 games vs. each team (2 Home/1 Away vs. four teams, 1 Home/2 Away vs. four teams). Teams rotated on a yearly basis.
* 3 X 8 = 24 games
Non-Conference: 28 games
* 2 games vs. each team (1 Home/1 Away)
* 2 X 14 = 28 games
That could be a good thing, or it could be a bad thing. Only time will tell how this interesting set up will be played out.
One other big thing of note is the Islanders will take part in the Coors Light NHL Stadium Series in a game against the New York Rangers outdoors at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, January 26th.
Now that everything is settled Isles fans, it’s time to play some hockey. The wait is over, start planning your trips to Nassau Coliseum!
Check out the rest of the Islanders schedule here.