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Islanders Capacity Will Increase For Playoffs

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 29: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the New York Islanders will play at the Nassau Coliseum during this year's playoffs as well as during the 2020-2021 season during a press conference at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 29, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 29: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announces that the New York Islanders will play at the Nassau Coliseum during this year's playoffs as well as during the 2020-2021 season during a press conference at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on February 29, 2020 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Playoff tickets for the New York Islanders final season at the Coliseum go on sale tomorrow and we got some interesting news from the Governor today to go along with that. Addressing the media today, Governor Cuomo announced an increase in capacity for the playoffs.

Cuomo announced that for home games 50% of the sales will go to vaccinated people (3 ft distancing) and 50% to unvaccinated people (6 feet). Masks will be required to be worn by everyone.

That means a bump from the original 10% that has been in place since the arena reopened to fans earlier this year.

This is huge, as the Nassau Coliseum has been known as a massive home-ice advantage during its existence. It was once known as Fort Neverlose for a reason, and that mantra is appropriate again this year.

At home, the Islanders were an impressive 21-4-3 this season. Adding a few thousand more people in the building will only help their cause when it comes to improving their chances in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Islanders trail Boston by a point and have them tonight. If they win and then Boston loses against Washington on Tuesday, the Isles will jump up to third place. If they do, they’ll take on Washington in round one.

If they remain in fourth place, then it’ll be Pittsburgh in the first round. Regardless, the team will be playing at a minimum Game 3 and Game 4 in the first round on home ice.

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Be on the lookout for playoff tickets coming out tomorrow. Season Ticket Holders will have priority access to the tickets as expected. The barn will be rocking one more time in 2021.

For old time’s sake, here’s the Josh Bailey OT winner and the eruption from the crowd to get you in the mood for some playoff hockey at the barn.

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