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NHL Playoffs 2016: Islanders vs. Lightning series schedule announced

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Hey look, no back-to-back!

The 97-point Lightning have home ice against the 100-point Islanders.
The 97-point Lightning have home ice against the 100-point Islanders.
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The New York Islanders' first-round playoff series began with a rare set of games on back-to-back nights. Their second-round series against the Tampa Bay Lightning will begin with a two-day break in between Games 1 and 2...and between Games 2 and 3...and between games 3 and 4.

We already knew that Game 1 would be, jarringly, held Wednesday, April 27, before the first round had even completed -- and just three days after the Islanders finished their second double-overtime win in three days.

Now the rest of the schedule, woven around already filled arena dates in Tampa and Brooklyn, is available from the league:

  • Game 1: Wednesday, April 27, 7 p.m. -  NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports
  • Game 2: Saturday, April 30, 3 p.m. - NBC, TVA Sports
  • Game 3: Tuesday, May 3, 7 p.m. - NBCSN, TVA Sports
  • Game 4: Friday, May 6, 7 p.m. - NBCSN, TVA Sports
  • Game 5: Sunday, May 8, TBD
  • Game 6: Tuesday, May 10, TBD
  • Game 7: Thursday, May 12, TBD