2011-12 NHL Schedule: Islanders open with 4-game homestand

The NHL released its schedule today, and your Islanders home opener is Saturday, Oct. 8, against Florida. That's part of a season-opening four-game homestand that also includes Minnesota, Tampa Bay and the Rangers. Typically I'd see the Panthers and Wild as wholly uninspiring opponents, but that early in the season people are just eager and excited for hockey, period.

  • A home-and-home with the suddenly reviled Penguins is Tuesday and Thursday, Oct. 25 and 27.
  • The Islanders visit Madison Square Garden the day after Christmas -- three days after playing at the Garden on Dec. 22 -- but otherwise face the Rangers about once a month.
  • The first-ever meeting with the Manitoba Manifest Destinies (nee Thrashers, currently "Winnipeg NHL") is Thursday, Nov. 3.
  • The annual spring Florida trip is in late March, for you golf-and-spring-jaunt fans.

The full schedule as listed by the NHL is posted below. See any highlights or disappointments?

DATE VISITING TEAM HOME TEAM TIME NETWORK/RESULT XM
Sat Oct 8, 2011 FLORIDA NY ISLANDERS 8:00 PM ET

Mon Oct 10, 2011 MINNESOTA NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Thu Oct 13, 2011 TAMPA BAY NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Oct 15, 2011 NY RANGERS NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Oct 20, 2011 NY ISLANDERS TAMPA BAY 7:30 PM ET

Sat Oct 22, 2011 NY ISLANDERS FLORIDA 7:30 PM ET

Tue Oct 25, 2011 PITTSBURGH NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Oct 27, 2011 NY ISLANDERS PITTSBURGH 7:00 PM ET

Sat Oct 29, 2011 SAN JOSE NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Nov 3, 2011 Winnipeg NHL NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Nov 5, 2011 WASHINGTON NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Mon Nov 7, 2011 NY ISLANDERS BOSTON 7:00 PM ET

Thu Nov 10, 2011 NY ISLANDERS COLORADO 9:00 PM ET

Sun Nov 13, 2011 NY ISLANDERS VANCOUVER 9:00 PM ET

Tue Nov 15, 2011 NY RANGERS NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Nov 17, 2011 MONTREAL NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Nov 19, 2011 BOSTON NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Mon Nov 21, 2011 NY ISLANDERS PITTSBURGH 7:00 PM ET

Wed Nov 23, 2011 PHILADELPHIA NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Fri Nov 25, 2011 NEW JERSEY NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Sat Nov 26, 2011 NY ISLANDERS NEW JERSEY 1:00 PM ET

Tue Nov 29, 2011 NY ISLANDERS BUFFALO 7:00 PM ET

Fri Dec 2, 2011 NY ISLANDERS CHICAGO 8:30 PM ET

Sat Dec 3, 2011 NY ISLANDERS DALLAS 8:30 PM ET

Tue Dec 6, 2011 TAMPA BAY NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Dec 8, 2011 CHICAGO NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Dec 10, 2011 PITTSBURGH NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Tue Dec 13, 2011 NY ISLANDERS MONTREAL 7:30 PM ET

Thu Dec 15, 2011 DALLAS NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Dec 17, 2011 NY ISLANDERS MINNESOTA 8:00 PM ET

Tue Dec 20, 2011 NY ISLANDERS Winnipeg NHL 8:30 PM ET

Thu Dec 22, 2011 NY ISLANDERS NY RANGERS 7:00 PM ET

Fri Dec 23, 2011 TORONTO NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Mon Dec 26, 2011 NY ISLANDERS NY RANGERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Dec 29, 2011 CALGARY NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Dec 31, 2011 EDMONTON NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Tue Jan 3, 2012 NY ISLANDERS CAROLINA 7:00 PM ET

Fri Jan 6, 2012 NY ISLANDERS ANAHEIM 10:00 PM ET

Sat Jan 7, 2012 NY ISLANDERS PHOENIX 8:00 PM ET

Tue Jan 10, 2012 DETROIT NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Jan 12, 2012 PHILADELPHIA NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Jan 14, 2012 BUFFALO NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Mon Jan 16, 2012 NASHVILLE NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Tue Jan 17, 2012 NY ISLANDERS WASHINGTON 7:00 PM ET

Thu Jan 19, 2012 NY ISLANDERS PHILADELPHIA 7:00 PM ET

Sat Jan 21, 2012 CAROLINA NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Mon Jan 23, 2012 NY ISLANDERS TORONTO 7:00 PM ET

Tue Jan 24, 2012 TORONTO NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Tue Jan 31, 2012 NY ISLANDERS CAROLINA 7:00 PM ET

Fri Feb 3, 2012 NY ISLANDERS OTTAWA 7:30 PM ET

Sat Feb 4, 2012 BUFFALO NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Tue Feb 7, 2012 NY ISLANDERS PHILADELPHIA 7:00 PM ET

Thu Feb 9, 2012 MONTREAL NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Feb 11, 2012 LOS ANGELES NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Sun Feb 12, 2012 FLORIDA NY ISLANDERS 3:00 PM ET

Tue Feb 14, 2012 NY ISLANDERS Winnipeg NHL 8:30 PM ET

Thu Feb 16, 2012 NY ISLANDERS ST LOUIS 8:00 PM ET

Sat Feb 18, 2012 CAROLINA NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Mon Feb 20, 2012 OTTAWA NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Tue Feb 21, 2012 NY ISLANDERS BUFFALO 7:00 PM ET

Fri Feb 24, 2012 NY RANGERS NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sun Feb 26, 2012 NY ISLANDERS OTTAWA 5:00 PM ET

Tue Feb 28, 2012 NY ISLANDERS WASHINGTON 7:00 PM ET

Thu Mar 1, 2012 NY ISLANDERS PHILADELPHIA 7:00 PM ET

Sat Mar 3, 2012 NY ISLANDERS BOSTON 1:00 PM ET

Sun Mar 4, 2012 NEW JERSEY NY ISLANDERS 3:00 PM ET

Thu Mar 8, 2012 NY ISLANDERS NEW JERSEY 7:00 PM ET

Sat Mar 10, 2012 NEW JERSEY NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sun Mar 11, 2012 NY ISLANDERS NY RANGERS 7:00 PM ET

Tue Mar 13, 2012 WASHINGTON NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Thu Mar 15, 2012 PHILADELPHIA NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Mar 17, 2012 NY ISLANDERS MONTREAL 7:00 PM ET

Tue Mar 20, 2012 NY ISLANDERS TORONTO 7:00 PM ET

Sat Mar 24, 2012 NY ISLANDERS TAMPA BAY 7:00 PM ET

Sun Mar 25, 2012 NY ISLANDERS FLORIDA 5:00 PM ET

Tue Mar 27, 2012 NY ISLANDERS PITTSBURGH 7:00 PM ET

Thu Mar 29, 2012 PITTSBURGH NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Mar 31, 2012 BOSTON NY ISLANDERS 1:00 PM ET

Sun Apr 1, 2012 OTTAWA NY ISLANDERS 3:00 PM ET

Tue Apr 3, 2012 NY ISLANDERS NEW JERSEY 7:00 PM ET

Thu Apr 5, 2012 Winnipeg NHL NY ISLANDERS 7:00 PM ET

Sat Apr 7, 2012 NY ISLANDERS COLUMBUS 7:00 PM ET

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