Continuing the Islanders’ interim B2B (between Brooklyn and Belmont) shift to Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders — or rather the governor of New York — announced eight additional games would be played there in 2018-19.
This brings next season’s total to 20, and 68 (including preseason) games over the next three seasons before they move to the planned new arena in Belmont.
“The addition of eight more regular season games reflects the high demand for the previously- announced 12 home games that will be played at the Coliseum this season,” said...um, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, whom the Islanders also specifically thanked in one of their weird post-season messages (which feels like a long time ago considering the Islanders are acting All Grown Up now).
Reporters are saying more and more that the players themselves would really prefer more games at the Coliseum, too.
Newsday has more on the story, plus some fun tweets from Jim Baumbach about the “delicate dance” this whole move is for all parties involved.
This reflects “high demand” for the Coliseum games. Shocker right? Meanwhile Cuomo’s announcement reiterates “Islanders will play their first regular season game at Belmont Park during the 2021-2022 season.” (Note the word during! Aka wiggle room!)— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) June 21, 2018
The full NHL schedule is expected later tonight. The Islanders have posted theirs here, so you know how to plan your commute or non-commute accordingly.
The Coliseum games do not begin until Dec. 1, and then they really take off with three games in December, four in January, three in February and nine in March.
Per an Islanders release, the times below are 7 p.m. unless otherwise indicated:
- Dec. 1 vs. Blue Jackets
- Dec. 10. vs. Penguins
- Dec. 15 vs. Red Wings
- Jan. 3 vs. Blackhawks
- Jan. 8 vs. Hurricanes
- Jan. 17 vs. Devils
- Jan. 20 vs. Ducks (3 p.m.)
- Feb. 1 vs. Lightning
- Feb. 2 vs. Kings
- Feb. 26 vs. Flames
- March 1 vs. Capitals
- March 3 vs. Flyers (3 p.m.)
- March 5 vs. Senators
- March 9 vs. Flyers
- March 11 vs. Blue Jackets
- March 14 vs. Canadiens
- March 19 vs. Bruins
- March 24 vs. Coyotes (3 p.m.)
- March 30 vs. Sabres
- April 1 vs. Maple Leafs
All good. We, I mean the governor, I mean the Islanders, have a new GM and coach.