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New York Islanders Must Avoid Barclays Letdown

The New York Islanders made their much-anticipated return to the renovated Nassau Coliseum Saturday Night. After falling behind the Blue Jackets 2-0, the Islanders stormed back to win 3-2.

With the excitement surrounding Saturday, it felt like a guarantee the New York Islanders would beat the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was their first regular season game at the Coliseum since April 11, 2015, against…..the Blue Jackets (5-4 SO loss).

Fans showed up early to tailgate, with some of our own at Eyes on Isles getting there hours before puck drop.

After falling behind 2-0, the Isles were quickly able to answer. Captain Anders Lee got the Islanders on the board midway through the second, and Anthony Beauvillier tied the game about three and a half minutes later.

Casey Cizikas provided the game-winner and the rest, as they say, is history. The Islanders made their regular season return to the Coliseum and it was a perfect reunion.

Back to Barclays

As fun as Saturday was, Tuesday will be back to business for the Islanders. They will be playing host to the Winnipeg Jets, at the Barclays Center. It should be interesting to see what kind of fan support the Isles get for a Tuesday night game against a Western Conference opponent in Brooklyn.

The raucous Coliseum crowd was enough to get the Islanders back in the game against Columbus, that might not be the case in Brooklyn Tuesday. The Jets are coming off of a Sunday victory over the Rangers.

While the Islanders sit in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 29 points, the Jets are third in the Central with 34 points.

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A strong start will be imperative for the Isles Tuesday night. It may be tough coming off of the rush of the Coliseum return, but it will be up to Trotz and company to make sure they are ready to go at puck drop.

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