Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00
The New York Islanders have released their schedule for the 2012-13 season. On Friday, Oct. 12, the Islanders will open this year’s National Hockey League campaign on the road against the Pittsburgh Penguins at 7 p.m. The following night, the Islanders will host their 2012-13 home opener against the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m.
On Tuesday, Nov. 13, the Islanders will face off in their first meeting of the season with their rivals, the New York Rangers. The Islanders’ will also host their cross-town rivals on Tuesday, Jan. 15 and on Thursday, Mar. 7. The Eastern Conference Champion New Jersey Devils will also play three games at Nassau Coliseum this season: Saturday, Nov. 17, Wednesday, Dec. 26 and on the final day of the regular season, Saturday, April 13. The Islanders and Devils will also meet in a special pre-season game on Oct. 2 when they play the first NHL game in Brooklyn at Barclays Center.
In addition to their day-after-Christmas matchup against the Devils, the Islanders will play several home games surrounding national holidays. On Wednesday, Nov. 21, the night before Thanksgiving, they’ll face Zdeno Chara and the Boston Bruins. The Islanders will celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with an afternoon game against the Winnipeg Jets on Monday, Jan. 21 at 1 p.m. President’s Day will see the Ottawa Senators travel to Long Island for a 1 p.m. faceoff on Monday, Feb. 18.
Atlantic Division rivals, the Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins, will each pay three visits to Long Island this season. Sidney Crosby, 2012 Hart Trophy Winner Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins will make their way to Nassau Coliseum on Saturday, Dec. 22, Saturday, Dec. 29 and Tuesday, Jan. 29. In addition to taking on Philadelphia in the home opener, the Islanders will host Claude Giroux and the Flyers on Thursday, Nov. 29 and Saturday, Dec. 8.