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Long Weekend: Islanders announce 2017-18 season opener and home opener

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Friday in Columbus, Saturday in Brooklyn. Be there.

Buffalo Sabres v New York Islanders
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The Islanders will begin their 2017-18 season with back-to-back games against the Blue Jackets and Sabres.

The season will open at Nationwide Arena in Columbus on Friday, Oct. 6th at 7 pm. Then on Saturday, Oct. 7th, the Islanders will play their home opener at Barclays Center against Buffalo also at 7 pm.

Two seasons ago, the Islanders also started with back-to-back games, playing the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks in the first ever regular season game in Brooklyn one night and then again in Chicago the next night. The Islanders came away with one of a possible four points in that scenario. Let’s hope for better this season.

The full regular season schedules will be released on Thursday afternoon in a special presentation on NHL Network. Here’s a scoop: The Islanders will have these two games and eighty more.