"The Skinny" … on the Openers
The home opener extends an Islander streak of home openers on either Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. The last midweek opener was on Thursday, October 16, 1986 vs. Washington; the Isles defeated the Caps 7-4. Six months later the Isles would need 7 periods to win their 4th game of the series against Washington, winning the Easter Epic.
This game will be played on the 45th anniversary of the Isles' first home game (and first-ever game), a 3-2 loss to the Atlanta Flames at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. That was the only previous time the Isles opened a home season on October 7th.