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The Skinny on the Home Opener - October 9/ 7:30 pm

The Isles will welcome the Stanley Cup Champions to Brooklyn on Friday, October 9th.  It will be the 1,669th regular season home game in Isles history (including 1,665 at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum) but the first in Brooklyn.

Game time has been announced for 7:30pm.

The Friday home opener ends a streak of 14 consecutive Saturday home openers for the Isles, who opened on a weekend day (Saturday/Sunday) at the Coliseum every year since 1987.  The Isles' last Monday-Friday home opener was on Thursday October 16, 1986 vs. Washington - a 7-4 win that occurred the day after the Mets' monumental 16-inning win over Houston to win the NLCS.

Perhaps it is fitting that Chicago will provide the opposition for the first home game in the post-Coliseum era.  The Black Hawks (then two words) were the opponent on Long Island on October 13, 1984 -- the first home game in the post-Cup era. Mike Bossy scored in overtime to give the Isles a 7-6 win-- but that game Happened at the Coliseum.   This game will happen at Barclays Center.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick

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