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Islanders Open Up 2021 Season vs Rival Rangers

EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 17: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 17, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
EDMONTON, ALBERTA - SEPTEMBER 17: Devon Toews #25 of the New York Islanders is congratulated by his teammates after scoring a goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning during the first period in Game Six of the Eastern Conference Final during the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Rogers Place on September 17, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders schedule for the 2021 season has been released and they open up the season against the Rangers.

Well, we officially have a date for Islanders hockey. On Thursday, January 14 the New York Islanders will be playing the Rangers at Madison Square Garden to open up their season. They’ll play another one at MSG before heading back to the Coliseum for their home opener on Monday, January 18.

The last time the Isles opened the season up against the Rangers was on October 13, 2016, a game the Isles lost 5-3.

These two teams will play each other eight times over a 56 game season. As we’ve learned, each team will play every team in their division eight times to make up their season. The East, where the Isles will be playing, is made up of Boston, Buffalo, New Jersey, the Islanders, the Rangers, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington.

Last season, the Islanders struggled against their rivals. They went 1-3 against the Rangers their first losing record since the 2013-2014 season. Since 2015, the Isles are 17-8 against Blueshirts.

The Islanders will also take on the Rangers on January 16, February 8, April 9, April 11, April 20, April, 29, and May 1. Here’s a look at the complete schedule:

Six times this year the Islanders will play on back-to-back nights throughout the entirety of the season. The season will run 17 weeks, and if you want to breakdown how many games the team will play by week it’s as followed:

Week 1: 2

Week 2: 2

Week 3: 4

Week 4: 4

Week 5: 3

Week 6: 4

Week 7: 3

Week 8: 2

Week 9: 4

Week 10: 4

Week 11: 2

Week 12: 4

Week 13: 3

Week 14: 3

Week 15: 4

Week 16: 4

Week 17: 4

That’s a lot of hockey, In not very much time. It’s going to be an intense run for the Isles, and every team in the league for that matter, but after months of nothing, it’s exciting to have hockey in our near future with a schedule all ready to go.

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