It's finally here! Hope we're still using happy exclamation points at the end of the night. (On that note, please see commenting reminders below.)
- Game Time: 8 p.m. EDT
- TV coverage: CNBC, TVA2
- Web: NBC Live extra app and NBC Sports live stream.
- Radio: WCBS 880 AM
- Panthers blog: Litter Box Cats
- Lineups: Hamonic, Pulock, Quine in.
- Themes to watch: Depth, Jagr, the Isles 4th line.
- Why we're anxious: So many reasons.
Islanders Anxiety: Series preview podcast with guest Arthur Staple.
Community Notes for the Commentariat
Though it's an agonizing time of year, it's also supposed to be fun. Please be respectful of your fellow commenters, give each other the benefit of the doubt and know that we're all here to wish the Islanders well (even if it's an angry, disenchanted love).
It goes without saying that abuse, vile speech and all third-rail things won't be tolerated. If you see abuse, you can help police each other through calm replies, or avoidance, or using the flag system.
This is a party. Don't wreck it. (Let the Isles do that.)