The New York Islanders were one of the more successful franchises in the NHL when they arrived on the scene in 1972. After missing the playoffs in their first two seasons, the Islanders went on a streak of making the postseason for 14 straight years. Their dominance continued as they won all six of their division titles during this stretch. This was also highlighted by their six conference championships. The success by the Islanders during this run was capped off with their four straight Stanley Cup titles. From the start of the 1979-1980 season to the end of the 1982-1983 season, the Islanders hoisted the Stanley Cup every year. It is not a coincidence that many franchise regular season individual records such as most goals, assists, and points occurred during the highlight of this organization. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for New York Islanders hockey tickets.
2014 Islanders Season Preview
The New York Islanders playoff berth in 2012-13 was a breath of life back into the team. The anticipation coming into the 2013 season was incredibly high, but sadly those hopes were dashed with a midseason injury to Captain John Tavares. New York ended up finishing near the bottom of the Eastern Conference, closing out the year with a 34-37 record and 14 points outside the East’s final playoff spot.
With Tavares back and healthy, the Islanders are once again hopeful for another trip the NHL playoffs. Added in the offseason was goaltender Jaroslav Halak, who looks to sure up what was a shaky position for the team last season. Tavares will team up with Kyle Okposo who is coming off one of the best years of his career where he scored 69 points, which was tops for the Islanders for last season. Look for the New York Islanders to be very competitive in the Metropolitan Division, and for them to be in the thick of the NHL playoff race late in the season.
Check out our New York Islanders Season Preview History page for previews of previous Islanders seasons.
New York Islanders Hockey at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum Address: 1255 Hempstead Turnpike, Uniondale, New York, 11553
The New York Islanders play all their home games at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, located in Uniondale, New York. The Islanders have played at “The Coliseum” since their first season in New York. When filled to capacity, over 16,000 screaming fans can be heard cheering for the Islanders. The Coliseum has also been home to numerous sports teams over the years, but currently host boxing and other entertainment events during the year. The New York Islanders home bench is on the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum rink side in front of sections 116 & 117. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum parking information is covered in our Islanders event guide.
Islanders vs. Rangers
The Battle of New York rages on as these two teams continue to leave it all on the ice every season. Rangers enjoy making the trip to Nassau Coliseum when the two play, as do the Islanders fans to Madison Square Garden. The all-time series is very close in both the regular season and playoffs, and both teams would love nothing more than to win all six games against the other every season.
Islanders vs. Flyers
This rivalry was the strongest in the 70s and 80s when the Flyers and Islanders were at the top of their game and the top of the Patrick Division as well. One of the teams was division champions every year from 1974 to 1989, with the Flyers having the Islanders number in the playoffs – outside of a glorious 1980 Stanley Cup Finals win for New York.
New York Islanders in the Stanley Cup, Eastern Conference Championship, and NHL Playoffs
When you think of NHL success in the 80’s you’d be hard found not to ponder the New York Islanders. Winners of a historic four consecutive Stanley Cup Championships (1980-1984) the Islanders are considered one of the most successful franchises in hockey history. You can go ahead and add another 5 Eastern Conference Championships and 22 playoff appearances to their resume.
New York Islanders Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to an Islanders game?
Doors at Nassau Coliseum open 1 hour before the puck drops.
Where are good places to eat before an Islanders game?
If you are looking to spend pre-game with lots of Islanders fans, try Champions Sports Bar. Good food, lots of TV’s and close proximity to Nassau makes this place a favorite for Islanders fans before and after games. Another good sports bar worth checking out is Benchwarmer’s Sports Bar & Grill. For a quick bite to eat before the game, try Campus Pizza Gyro. CPG is fast, easy, and will not disappoint. If you enjoy Caribbean food try Roadrunner or Mi Olivia Restaurant. Other good places in the area are, Panda, Nathan’s Famous, or Zorn’s of East Meadow.
Where is the best place to park at Nassau Coliseum?
There are 9 large parking options surrounding Nassau Coliseum. 6 of the 9 parking lots are located to the south of the arena and we recommend looking in that area first. Parking lot 8, located on the north side of Hempstead Turnpike, is the General Parking area and usually costs around $7. The other 8 parking lots are classified as “Preferred,” or “VIP” Parking and usually cost around $20-$30. There are two train stations in the area the Westbury Station, and the Hempstead Station. Both have quite a walk to the arena, but Taxi’s are always ready to take you the last little distance from the train to the coliseum. There are also a few bus options from the Hempstead station to the arena, but make sure to verify the times they are running before you leave.
Does my child need a ticket to go to an Islanders game?
Children under 2 years old do not need a ticket to enter Nassau Coliseum. It is best practice to bring proof of your child’s age with you to the gate to ensure they are allowed to enter the arena.
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