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New York Islanders Schedule: Ten Games You Need to Watch

Apr 7, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 7, 2016; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center Shane Prince (11) celebrates his goal against the New York Rangers with teammates during the second period at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 12, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Fans arrive before the start of the NHL game between the New York Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 12, 2015; Brooklyn, NY, USA; Fans arrive before the start of the NHL game between the New York Islanders and the Winnipeg Jets at Barclays Center. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports /

Oct. 16th: Islanders Home Opener

Three days after the season opener at MSG the New York Islanders open the Barclays Center against the visiting Anaheim Ducks.

Three days seems like a long wait to make that arduous 5.2-mile trek from the heart of Manhattan to the borough of Brooklyn. But so are the rigors of the NHL scheduling.

It’s going to be the second home opener for the Isles at the Barclays Center. Like last year the Barclays Center is going to be full and it’s going to be loud.

This year, however, we change the narrative to star the season. Last season we welcomed the defending Stanley Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks for the first game at the Barclays. We would lose 3-2 in overtime.

Playing against the defending champions in your new home is a masterclass by the NHL schedulers, and losing in a sudden death overtime makes for an exciting game. But a loss is a loss. And losing on your home opener isn’t great.

A win this year would continue the narrative that the Isles are a strong home team. Last season they went 25-11-5 ver 40 games at the Barclays. Getting that first ‘W’ at home on opening night would get the ball rolling nicely.

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