The New York Islanders will wrap up their preseason play later today with a doubleheader against the Ottawa Senators. Then it’s on to the regular season starting on Friday, Oct. 4 when the Islanders face the New Jersey Devils in Jersey.
The next night the Isles host the Columbus Blue Jackets for their home opener at 7 p.m. at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
The Islanders are looking to make a return to the playoffs this season following an early, first round exit against the Pittsburgh Penguins last May. Fans packed the Coliseum for their first taste of Islanders playoff hockey since 2007 following an exciting finish to the regular season.
The team recently named superstar center John Tavares the team captain. Tavares, the 2009 first overall pick in the draft, will be counted on again this year to lead the team to a winning season and into the playoffs.
The success of starting goalie Evgeni Nabokov will also be a key factor for the team.
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Islanders take the ice
The New York Islanders enter the ice in dramatic fashion with smoke and loud music prior to the start of their Round 1, Game 6 matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins during the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 11, 2013 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
Islanders acknowledge the crowd
New York Islanders players acknowledge the crowd after falling to the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the playoffs last season. It was the Pittsburgh Penguins versus the Islanders in Round 1, Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 11, 2013 at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
On May 3, 2013 prior to the Islanders, Penguins game, 16,000 souvenir towels were draped over every seat in Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in New York. Soon fans would be wearing, in their hearts, the word written on the souvenirs: “BELIEVE.”
Islanders superstar John Tavares skates around the ice prior to a face off during the game between the Philadelphia Flyers and the New York Islanders April 25, 2013 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. Tavares was recently named the team captain of the Islanders and will be counted on if the Isles are to make the playoffs again this year.
New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov pictured during a break during a regular season game last season. Nabokov will be counted on for another stellar performance this season if the Islanders are to return to the post-season again.