Amid an ongoing labor dispute, the NHL posted the league-wide regular season schedule Thursday morning on nhl.com.
Provided everything is resolved in a timely fashion, the league begins play on October 11 with four games (Senators/Canadiens, Bruins/Flyers, Canucks/Flames, Blues/Avs). The Islanders are set to start their season the next day, on the 12th, against the Penguins at Consol Energy Center. From there, it’s the home opener on Oct. 13 and then a stint in Florida against the Lightning and Panthers.
Notable games include:
- a faceoff with the Stanley Cup Champions, the Los Angeles Kings, on Nov 6, starting off a three-game road trip through California
- the first game of the Battle of New York against the Rangers, at Nassau Coliseum on November 13 (a bit earlier than it has been in recent seasons, it seems)
- a home-and-home with Philadelphia on Dec. 8 and 9 (fun!)
- the only game of the season against the Red Wings on Dec. 20, in which we shall see if the Isles can continue their inexplicable dominance over Detroit
- our first road game against the Sabres on Jan. 17, and the series closer (also in Buffalo) on Feb. 23, notable to me because I plan on going to both.
The Isles close out the season on home ice against New Jersey on April 13. You can view the entire schedule here.