On Thursday the NHL will announce each team’s full 82 game schedule for the 2018-19 season but today, they started off by revealing the Islanders’ home opener.
— New York Islanders (@NYIslanders) June 20, 2018
With that information provided, we were able to piece together when the New York Islanders will open their season and when they will play their first game at Barclays Center.
On Oct. 4, The Islanders will kick off the season against their Metropolitan Division rivals, the Carolina Hurricanes in Raliegh, North Carolina at PNC Arena. The Isles and Canes split the season series last year with two wins each. Both teams went 1-1-0 at home.
The last time these two teams played was on Feb. 18 where the Hurricanes defeated the Islanders 4-3 in Brooklyn. Two days before that, the Isles shutout the Canes in Raliegh behind a 45-save shutout from Thomas Greiss.
The Islanders’ home opener will be two days later on Oct. 6 against the Nashville Predators. Although their season came to an end after a game seven, round-two playoff exit to the Winnipeg Jets, the Predators are the reigning Presidents Trophy winners after finishing the regular-season with a league-best 117 points (53-18-11 record).
The Islanders won the season series last year taking three of a possible four points. They took the first game in Nashville, Tennessee with a 6-2 win. In the victory, Jordan Eberle scored his first two goals as an Islanders, John Tavares scored his second hat-trick in three games (a natural hat-trick), and Ryan Pulock scored his first goal of the season.
In the second and final game of the season series, the Islanders at one point led 4-2 but Nashville got one back before the second period ended to make it 4-3. With their net empty, Ryan Johansen tied the game at 4-4 with around 42 seconds and change on the clock.
In a crazy, back-and-forth overtime, the Predators came out on top as their captain, Roman Josi, delivered the overtime winner off a nifty give-and-go with Nick Bonino.
Since moving to Barclays Center, the Islanders are 2-0-1 in home openers and have won in their past two.