The Islanders have announced the date of their second home opener at Barclays Center, and it's just one game out of a very, very busy season-opening week.
The team's first home game of the season will be Sunday, October 16th in Brooklyn against the Anaheim Ducks with a start time that's TBA as of now. The meeting with a far flung Western Conference opponent will be the Islanders' third game of the season, as they help open two long-standing rivals open their buildings.
On Thursday, October 13th, the Islanders will kick off the season at Madison Square Garden against their bitterest enemies, the New York Rangers. In case you forgot, the Islanders swept the Rangers in the regular season for the first time their shared history this past season.
Throw in the Ducks, who just won the Pacific Division, and that's a pretty heavy handful of games to start a season (even if Anaheim replaced Bruce Boudreau with Randy Carlyle because of yet another lost Game 7). The Islanders drew back-to-back games against the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks last year, so I guess this is just another log for that conspiracy fire.
Questions? Eric Hornick has answers:
#isles home opener will be 10/16 vs Anaheim. Third game in 4 days after opening at MSG 10/13 and in Washington 10/15.— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) June 20, 2016
#isles have opened at home on Fri/Sat/Sun every year since 1987. Last Sunday opener was matinee vs Colorado on 10-10-1999; 4-2 win.— Eric Hornick (@ehornick) June 20, 2016
The rest of the Islanders' schedule will be released tomorrow. My sources say they'll play the next 79 games of the schedule back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-back-to-