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Friday, October 26, 2018

The Skinny on All of These Road Games (and All These Metro Opponents)

The Isles begin a three-game road trip, and a set of 5 straight games against Metro opponents on Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

Saturday will be the Isles' 6th road game in the first 9 -- that's not terribly unusual as it happened most recently in 2010-11.
However, Sunday (Carolina) will make it 7 in the first 10 and Tuesday in Pittsburgh will make it 8 in the first 11.

It's the first time in Isles history that they have played 7 of the first 10 on the road; that also makes it the first time they've opened with 8 of 11 on the road.

The following three games are at home.  That starts a stretch of 38 of 71 at home, because it all equals out in the end.

As for the Metro opponents, the Isles have faced at least five Metro opponents in a row only once before, in November 2014.
The Isles won the first four of that stretch, to improve to 16-6, before splitting a home/home with Washington to end the stretch with a 5-1-0 record.

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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