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New York Islanders 19-20 Season Opener vs. Washington Capitals: Live, TV, Radio

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 25: Colin McDonald #13 of the New York Islanders and Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals get the gloves up in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 25: Colin McDonald #13 of the New York Islanders and Mike Green #52 of the Washington Capitals get the gloves up in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on April 25, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders defeated the Capitals 3-1. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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The New York Islanders open their 2019-20 regular season with a home date against the Washington Capitals. Here’s what you need to know about tonight’s game.

The 2019-20 regular season is finally here. After a long summer (and hopefully a good one for everyone) the New York Islanders are back with meaningful hockey.

After impressing with a 103 point season the Islanders are back on the ice to prove 2018-19 wasn’t a fluke. Their first opponent: the Washington Capitals.

The same team that beat out the Islanders by a single point for the Metropolitan Division. The same team who the Islanders last saw on the last day of the 2018-19 regular season.

18-19 Head to Head

Last year, the Caps and Isles played four times and it was a close series between the two divisional rivals. The Islanders won twice and the Capitals won twice. Both teams scored seven goals across the four games.

I know we’re supposed to think that the Caps are still the class of the division, but adding Gudas on the back-end isn’t a great step forward.

They’ve still got great talents like Ovie and Backstrom so their still a good team, but maybe they aren’t the class of the division anymore. We’ll see tonight.

Projected Lines

Islanders

Lee-Barzal-Eberle                             Pelech-Pulock
Beauvillier-Nelson-Bailey               Toews-Mayfield
Dal Colle-Brassard-Komarov         Leddy-Dobson
Martin-Cizikas-Clutterbuck            Varlamov (Greiss)

I think Dobson gets the start. Why keep take him if you aren’t ready to watch him play? Although we’ve seen opening night shenanigans with rookies from the Islanders before, so it wouldn’t surprise me if Trotz plays Boychuk instead.

I also think Varlamov gets the start here. He’s looked great in pre-season, and the Islanders have been after him for a while. Why not play him now?

Capitals

Ovechkin-Backstrom-Wilson        Seigenthaler-Carlson
Vrana-Eller-Oshie                             Orlov-Jensen
Hagelin-Stephenson-Panik           Fehervary-Gudas
Leipsic-Dowd-Hathaway               Samsonov (Holtby)

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Where Can You Catch the Game:

Live: Nassau Coliseum (Get tickets here)
TV: MSG+ and MSG GO
Radio: WHRU 88.7FM, LI News 103.9FM, ESPN 1050 AM

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