With the Vegas Golden Knights win last night over the Colorado Avalanche, the final piece of the final four was sealed. And he second the final buzzer sounded in Game 6 between the Knights and Avalanche the NHL, and the New York Islanders released the schedule for the semi-final round.
We knew before puck drop on the Knights-Avs Game 6 that the Islanders and Lightning would be opening their series on Sunday at 3 PM. Here’s how the rest of the schedule works out.
New York Islanders semi-final schedule released
According to the schedule, the Sunday game will be the only one played outside of primetime. The rest of the semi-final matchup will be played at 8 PM.
- Game 1: Sunday, June 13 @ 3 PM
- Game 2: Tuesday, June 15 @ 8 PM
- Game 3: Thursday, June 17 @ 8 PM (Nassau)
- Game 4: Saturday, June 19 @ 8 PM (Nassau)
- Game 5: Monday, June 21 @ 8 PM *
- Game 6: Wednesday, June 23 @ 8 PM* (Nassau)
- Game 7: Friday, June 25 @ 8 PM*
This series, while a rematch from last season’s conference finals, will have an entirely different feel to it simply because of the environment it will be played in. The last time around it was the completely empty Edmonton bubble. No fans were in the stands.
Now, almost a year later, the series will bounce between the Amalie Arena and its 13,500 fans and the 12,000 at the Nassau Coliseum. That in and of itself will make this a much more emotional series than the one we saw in 2021.
We won’t be hearing weird quips about junior or minor hockey nor will we hear “Mr. Louis J Lamoriello”, because it seems that Pierre McGuire will not be on the Islanders telecast. Newsday’s Niel Best tweeted that Kenny Alberts, Ed Olczyk, and Brian Boucher will call this series for NBC.
I’m not anti-Pierre, I don’t mind the junior quips, but I know a lot of you can’t stand it. So rejoice!