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New York Islanders Daily: Opening Night 2018-2019

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: (l-r) Jordan Eberle #7, Anders Lee #27, Steve Bernier #8 and Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders celebrate Lee's third period goal against the New Jersey Devils during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 20: (l-r) Jordan Eberle #7, Anders Lee #27, Steve Bernier #8 and Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders celebrate Lee's third period goal against the New Jersey Devils during a preseason game at the Barclays Center on September 20, 2018 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders open their season against the Carolina Hurricanes tonight in North Carolina. At puck drop, it’s time to put the bad offseason behind us.

The New York Islanders suffered their most devastating blow in franchise history when John Tavares packed his bags for Toronto. It was the first domino to fall in what many considered a bad offseason.

To alleviate the pain of losing Tavares, the Islanders jumped in and signed Valtteri Filppula, Leo Komarov, and Thomas Hickey. With all due respect to those three hockey players, it was a big kick in the gut after already getting the wind knocked out of you earlier in the day.

With the wound still fresh, it’s going to be hard to put all your focus into the Islanders and not peek at what Tavares is doing in Toronto. But for your mental sanity, please try your best not to take a look at what’s going on North of the border.

This is Mathew Barzal’s team now, and tonight the Islanders kick off a new era, the Barzal, Lamoriello, and Trotz era.

Although the results in the short term might be poor, long-term the Islanders are in pretty good shape. Take the bumps and bruises this season is going to offer, and root for storylines and development while going numb to wins and losses.

It’s opening night, a new season is upon us, let’s enjoy this ride together.

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