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New York Islanders Daily: Location Changed To Coliseum For John Tavares Return

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 16: A general view of the arena during the game between the New York Islanders and the Philadelphia Flyers in a preseason game at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on September 16, 2018 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders will now be playing more games at Nassau Coliseum than Barclays Center because they moved their game on February 28, home to Nassau.

February 28, 2019, is going to be an emotional day for New York Islanders fans. John Tavares will play his first game against the Islanders after darting out the door for Toronto this past July.

The game was originally slated to be played at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, but yesterday the Islanders announced that the venue will be switched to Nassau Coliseum. A surprising move that seemed to come out of nowhere.

It makes more sense for not only that game, but for all their games until Belmont is ready, to be played at the Coliseum. They’re more likely to get fans there than in Brooklyn so why not play the games in front of a better crowd?

The reaction to Tavares should still be the same. Fans will boo, but now it’ll be where he spent the first six years of his NHL career. At a place that meant more to the Islanders, and a place where the fans are loud because they’re right on top of you.

The atmosphere should be something special on that Thursday night in February. J.T. and the Maple Leafs will have to deal with a playoff-like atmosphere, and the crowd should rile up the Islanders. It’s a win-win for both sides.

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