New York Islanders Five Takeaways From 2019-20 Schedule
The 2019-20 New York Islanders schedule has been released. Looking over it there are a few things that stand out.
The 2018-19 NHL season is barely over and we already have the 2019-20 New York Islanders schedule. On June 21st we were told the Islanders 2019-20 season and home opener would be at the Coliseum on October 4th against the Washington Capitals.
On Tuesday we got to see the New York Islanders entire 2019-20 schedule.
Looking at the schedule five things stand out to me that I immediately took note of.
November 13th, Toronto @ NYCB: The Toronto Maple Leafs make their first, and their only appearance on Long Island on November 13th. It won’t mean as much as that day back on February 28th, 2018. But Tavares’ return to Long Island will always be a big day for the fans.
It’s the only time when 13,000 people tell someone that it’s past their bedtime.
Late First Road Trip: NHL teams bond when they hit the road. The first road trip of the season allows players to co-exist 24-hours a day for an extended period. It allows them to forge those bonds that will unite them for the entirety of the season. The Isles won’t get the chance to do that until the end of November.
Sure, they’ll have a trip to Winnipeg and Ottawa before the end of November. But they’ll have to wait until the 23rd of November before they head out to California to play the Sharks, Ducks, and Kings.
Rangers Cluster: The Islanders will get their first view of the new look New York Rangers on January 13th 2020, and then again three days later on January 16th, and then five days after that on January 21st. That’s three times in the span of eight days.
The Islanders will go three months without seeing their biggest rival, and three times all at once. I don’t know if that makes it better or worse?
Is it bad to get it all out of the way in the span of a few days? Or will it be like game seven levels of hatred by the second game?
Weird Breaks: Between October 20th and October 31st, the New York Islanders have three games scheduled. The Arizona Coyotes at home on October 24th, the Ottawa Senators away on October 25th, and the Flyers at home on October 27th.
The season is just starting and the Islanders have two four-day breaks! I know that the Isles got a long break at the start of the season in 2018-19, but they were headed out to California between two three-day breaks. This time they’re at home twice, why such large breaks just as the season gets started?
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First time seeing Carolina: The first time the Isles will get to see the team that swept them out of the second round of the playoffs will be on October 11th in Carolina. With the way the Islanders went out to the Hurricanes, in four straight games, the Isles will want to respond the first time they meet.