The New York Islanders have released their schedule for the 2017-18 regular season, which features 15 weekend home games including the team's home opener Saturday, October 7 at 7 p.m. against the Buffalo Sabres.
With the National Hockey League expanding to 31 teams, the Islanders will play their seven Metropolitan Division opponents four times each.
The first Islanders-Rangers game in Brooklyn is set for February 15; the Islanders will also host their cross-town rivals on April 5. Other intra-divisional highlights include home games against the defending Stanley Cup Champion Pittsburgh Penguins (January 5, March 20), a pair of matchups against the Washington Capitals (December 11, March 15) and a two games against the New Jersey Devils (January 7, January 16), Philadelphia Flyers (November 22, April 3) and Carolina Hurricanes (November 16, March 18). In addition, fans will have their first opportunity to see the Islanders host the league's newest club, the Vegas Golden Knights, on October 30.
The Islanders will play several home games surrounding holidays this season, including a Columbus Day matinee against the St. Louis Blues (October 9), a game against Philadelphia the night before Thanksgiving (November 22) and a Presidents Day matinee against the Minnesota Wild (February 19).
The season opener is set for Friday, October 6 against the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena. The Islanders will close their regular season against the Detroit Red Wings at their new Little Caesars Arena on Saturday, April 7.
A promotional schedule will become available at a later date.
Fans can become season ticket members by calling 844.33.ISLES or going online at www.ticketmaster.com or http://islanders.nhl.com/. Fans can also visit the website to customize their own partial plan based on the games throughout the season they would most like to see.
To purchase group tickets, call 844.ISLES.GP. Tickets for individual games will go on sale in the coming months.