3 keys to the NY Islanders having a strong start to the 2022-23 season

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Take advantage of an early home schedule

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The good news is the Islanders don't start the year on a ridiculous road trip. Quite the opposite as they open the season with a four-game homestand. They start the season at UBS Arena against Flordia, Anaheim, San Jose, and New Jersey.

No reason coming out of the gates the Isles should have a very good start after those four home games. Sounds silly but those four home games are big as the rest of October the Islanders have a road game against Tampa Bay and Florida (in a back-to-back situation) as well as Carolina.

The Islanders also have their 5th and 6th home games late in October against the NY Rangers (the only time the Blue Shirts play at UBS Arena in the regular season) and the defending champs, the Colorado Avalanche.

Islanders need to break out of the gates strong and then hold their own against the top teams they play late in October. The schedule eases up a little bit come early November but with so much parody in the NHL these days no game is an easy win.

The Isles must learn from their poor start last season and come out of the gates strong and start 2022-23 from a position of strength.