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"The Skinny" … on the Openers By Eric Hornick The NHL released the schedule for the 2016-17 season on Tuesday.  It'...

Thursday, December 29, 2016

The Skinny on the Changing Schedule

The Islanders played 22 of their first 34 games at home, which means that 29 of the remaining 48 are on the road.

That includes a key upcoming stretch in which the Isles will play 7 of the next 8 games on the road.

29-Dec-16 @ Minnesota
31-Dec-16 @ Winnipeg
6-Jan-17 @ Colorado
7-Jan-17 @ Arizona
11-Jan-17 Vs Florida
13-Jan-17 @ Florida
14-Jan-17 @ Carolina
16-Jan-17 @ Boston
19-Jan-17 Vs Dallas
21-Jan-17 Vs     Los Angeles

However, looking at these 10 games (particularly the nine games after tonight's contest in Minnesota) another pattern emerges -- the Isles have hit a softer spot in their schedule. 

After tonight, five of the remaining nine games are against the bottom 7 teams in the west while all but the Boston game are against the bottom 7 in the East.

Overall, the next 24 games are equally divided -- 12 at home and 12 on the road -- but that will leave 17 of the final 24 to be played on the road.

 
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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