The 2015-16 NHL season will be one filled with changes – and new beginnings – for the New York Islanders. Moving 30 miles west from Nassau Coliseum to their new home at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the Isles will officially christen their new home with their first official regular season against the Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks on Friday, October 9.
The full NHL schedule will be released on Thursday morning, June 25. As it stands now, the Islanders will host three preseason games at the Barclays Center against the Metropolitan division counterpart Flyers, Devils and Capitals in September before drawing the curtain in the first meaningful game against Patrick Kane and the Hawks in October.
The Islanders led a promising 2014-15 campaign, finishing third in the Metro with 101 points and entering the postseason for just the second time since 2007. However, they would ultimately fall to the Capitals in seven quarterfinal games and permanently close the doors at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale.