Before they set-up shop at Brooklyn's Barclays Center next season, the New York Islanders have invited back a home losing streak and frustrating goal drought - two long time stalwarts of the franchise - for one last ride at Nassau Coliseum.
And while neither had been seen on Long Island in quite some time, the die hard Islanders faithful are excited to see familiar sights like a downturn and dry spell once again.
"I missed them, to be honest," said Michael Rocciatesta, a fan since 1989. "This place just wasn't the same without a bunch of losses strung together and period after period of not scoring.
"They're a big part of the team's history and it's really nice that they brought them back before the move."
The Islanders (44-26-5) have been one of the NHL's top clubs all season, posting their best record in over three decades. They are among the league leaders in a few statistical categories and are currently second in the Metropolitan Division. But things have gone south in recent weeks in which they have dropped six straight games at home, averaging 1.5 goals per game in the losses.
Thankfully, without a series of demoralizing defeats and an exhausting lack of goals, including an impotent power play, fans couldn't say a proper farewell to the team's soon-to-be former home.
"This just feels right," said fan Michelle Granitemente just after booing the Islanders off the ice during a 3-2 loss to Los Angeles on Thursday night. "Knowing they're going to lose and probably be shut out has always been an integral part of being an Islanders fan. It feels good."
With only four home games left in the regular season, Islanders fans know their opportunities to be disappointed are dwindling. Soon they'll have to get used to ill-timed slumps and inexplicable cold streaks in a new arena and begin a fresh tradition of failure.
"I've seen so many losses here, more than I can count," said Uniondale resident Miguel Blocco. "I usually leave a game angry and stay that way for days because of the losing and zero offense. They had gotten away from that this season. But this has brought back all of those memories. It's been really special."
In their few remaining games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders are also planning to treat fans to nostalgic nights recalling bad trades, awful drafts, criminal owners, incompetent general managers and threats of relocation.
This is not real. It is called a "coping mechanism."