Islanders should win with out Coliseum from right here on out


PITTSBURGH — A victory for the Islanders was a wave goodbye for the summer season to the Coliseum.

The Islanders accomplished the first-round sweep of the Penguins by means of a 3-1 win in Sport four on Tuesday evening, so there might be no extra postseason video games this yr on the Coliseum. As determined by the NHL, the membership will play its residence video games for the second spherical — and another rounds essential — at Barclays Heart, the place they haven’t performed a regular-season recreation since Feb. 16.

The Coliseum was a rollicking venue for Video games 1 and a pair of of this collection, and certain would have been once more if Sport 5 had been essential for Thursday evening. However now the Islanders depart for his or her extra trendy and sanitized city residence.

“I feel irrespective of the place we play, even when [the new arena at] Belmont comes, you’re going to overlook a chunk of the Coliseum,” veteran Matt Martin stated. “There’s simply a lot historical past there, it’s such a giant a part of what the New York Islanders are.”

The Islanders cut up their time this season between the 2 venues, and went 12-7-1 in Brooklyn, in comparison with 12-7-2 on the Coliseum. Because the first transfer to Barclays in 2015-16, the Islanders are 78-48-18 on Atlantic Avenue.

“It’s been just a little bit since we performed there, however we’ve all the time had success there,” Josh Bailey stated. “I feel having our followers behind us, whether or not it’s the Coliseum or there, they’re going to discover a option to create an ideal environment.”

The one different postseason collection the franchise has received since 1993 got here at Barclays in 2016, when John Tavares beat the Panthers with a purpose in double-overtime of Sport 6. They then misplaced to the Lightning within the second spherical.

“I’ll be trustworthy with you, I loved Barclays Heart within the playoffs,” Martin stated. “Our followers stuffed it up and made the noise and made it loud. They’ll be doing that once more, I assure it.”

This common season, the Islanders had the worst attendance within the league, averaging 12,442 per recreation — and that with 97.1 p.c capability on the Coliseum, which holds solely 13,971. The cut up made issues sophisticated, as did the plan that the brand new area at Belmont Park could possibly be open for the 2021-22 season, with a hopeful groundbreaking later this summer season.

“Common season is hard,” Martin stated. “You will have individuals from Suffolk County — we’re enjoying Tuesday evening in Barclays Heart, it’s a tricky recreation to get to.

“However our followers stay for the playoffs, we stay for the playoffs. They’re going to be there. We want them there. They’ll be loud, I’ve little doubt about it.”

The capability at Barclays Heart is 15,795, with numerous these seats having obstructed views. However with near 100 luxurious containers, in comparison with fewer than 10 on the Coliseum, the monetary disparity is large.

As for on the ice — the floor has drawn loads of criticism — the Islanders are simply joyful their followers get to see them transfer on, irrespective of the place the video games are.

“I don’t suppose it issues the place we play, our followers might be there,” Martin stated. “They’ll present up and so they’ll be loud. And we’re excited for it.”

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