The New York Islanders will play 20 games at Nassau Coliseum next season, nearly splitting all home games between Brooklyn & Nassau until 2021.
The announcements and good fortune continue to pile onto the New York Islanders and their fans as eight more home games were added to the Coliseum schedule for the 2018-19 season.
What was initially 12 Coliseum home games has slowly grown as the Islanders continue to move back to their Long Island roots. Whether or not the remaining game will be split evenly with the Coliseum and Barclays Center is still unsure at this time.
The majority of Islanders games will be played at the Barclays Center to start the season until Dec. 1. The Islanders and Blue Jackets will open the Coliseum for the 2018-19 season after closing the regular season back in 2015 at the Coliseum, a fitting matchup to bring things full-circle.
“20 of the Islanders final 30 home games will take place on Long Island, including each of the last 10 home games of the regular season.” Per Isles.
— Jim Baumbach (@jimbaumbach) June 21, 2018
The Islanders full Coliseum schedule can be found here, but there are notable key dates to look out for. Firstly, Dec. 15 will mark former-Islander Frans Nielsen’s first time back at the Coliseum, with Kyle Okposo’s homecoming taking place on March 30 vs. the Buffalo Sabres.
The Islanders will also host a slew of Metropolitan division rivals in the New Jersey Devils on January 17, the Washington Capitals on March 1 (their first time back since Game 6 in 2015), the Penguins on Dec. 10 and the Flyers arrive twice on March 3 and 9.
Unfortunately, not one game at the Coliseum involves the renewal of the New York Rangers rivalry, with Barclays staff likely wanting those games to continue drawing at the Islanders main home arena.
It is still unclear where the Islanders will play if they qualify for the post-season in 2018-19, but the likely candidate is Barclays in light of the seating capacity.
Everything seems to have been going well for the Islanders in the days leading up to the NHL draft.