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New York Islanders Schedule Released: Key Dates for Upcoming 2023-24 Season



New York Islanders celebrating 5-4 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins (Photo courtesy of New York Islanders Twitter)

The New York Islanders’ schedule for the upcoming 2023-24 season has been released.

The season will begin with three straight games at home starting on Saturday, Oct. 14, when the Islanders host the Buffalo Sabres, followed by games with Arizona Coyotes and New Jersey Devils.

On Nov. 4, the Islanders will face the Carolina Hurricanes for the first time since their opening-round series in last year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs. A few weeks later, the Islanders will embark on their longest road trip of the season, touring through Edmonton, Vancouver, Seattle and Calgary from Nov. 13 until Nov. 18 before the Philadelphia Flyers come to Long Island to take part in the annual Thanksgiving Eve game on Nov. 22.

The Islanders will be home for the holidays as nine out of their 13 games in December will take place at UBS Arena. This will include their longest homestand of the season, which takes place from Dec. 5 through Dec. 15, with contests against the San Jose Sharks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Los Angeles Kings, Toronto Maple Leafs, Anaheim Ducks and Boston Bruins. They’ll play their final game before Christmas against the Hurricanes on the road on Dec. 23 and ring in the New Year in Pittsburgh on Dec. 31.

The reigning champion Vegas Golden Knights will pay the Islanders a visit on Jan. 23 before the Florida Panthers roll into town four days later.

The NHL’s All-Star Weekend in Toronto will be held on Feb. 2 and 3, after which the Islanders won’t need to make extra travel arrangements as they’ll play the Maple Leafs at Scotiabank Arena on Feb. 5.

One of the chief complaints of last year’s schedule for the Islanders was that they finished their season series with the New York Rangers far too quickly. This year the Islanders won’t see their arch-rivals until their highly anticipated matchup at MetLife Stadium on Feb. 18 as part of the NHL’s Stadium Series. From there, the Islanders and Rangers will play three times over the season’s final two months, with the lone game between the two at UBS Arena taking place on April 9.

Unless the Chicago Blackhawks opt to make a shocking unforeseen decision with the first overall pick in tomorrow’s NHL Draft, Islander fans will get their first look at Connor Bedard on April 2. The regular season will conclude on April 17 when the Islanders host the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Metro Division Matchups :

Carolina: vs. Nov. 4, at Nov. 30, at March 19

Columbus: at Oct. 28, vs. Dec. 7, at April 4

New Jersey: vs. Oct. 20, at Nov. 28, vs. March 24, at April 15

NY Rangers: vs. Feb. 18 *, at March 17, vs. April 9, at April 13

Philadelphia: vs. Nov. 22, vs. Nov. 25, at April 1,

Pittsburgh: vs. Dec 27, at Dec. 31, at Feb. 20, vs. April 17

Washington: at Nov. 2, vs. Nov. 11, at Dec. 20, vs. Dec. 29

Key Dates:

Oct. 14: Season Opener vs. Buffalo

Nov. 11: vs. Washington

Nov. 22: vs. Philadelphia

Dec 11: vs. Toronto

Dec. 15: vs. Boston

Dec. 19: vs. Edmonton

Dec. 23: at Carolina

Jan. 2: @ Colorado

Feb. 2-3 NHL All-Star Weekend

Feb. 18: vs. NY Rangers at MetLife Stadium

March 1: NHL Trade Deadline

April 9: vs. NY Rangers

April 17: Regular Season Finale vs. Pittsburgh