The Islanders are headed to the playoffs for the first time since 2016, and they'll be playing their first-round matchup against a to-be-determined opponent at the Coliseum.
That's music to Islanders coach Barry Trotz's ears. In his first season with the Islanders, he's learned how valuable home ice can be at the Islanders' home on Long Island compared to the atmosphere at Barclays Center.
"It's got a great vibe, and I'm glad in the playoffs we'll play games here," Trotz told the New York Post. "To me, it just feels right.
"I like the old-school buildings, I like the vibe," Trotz said. "The great thing is the fans are on top of you. … I'm happy this building is back and running and back on the Island, where it should be, where the majority of the fanbase is. You see the passion."
Only the first round will be played at the Coliseum. If the Islanders advance, the remainder of the playoff schedule take place at Barclays.
"When it's that loud, I have to be louder," Trotz said of how the noise impacts his coaching. "That was a good training session for the playoffs."
The Islanders entered Sunday three points back of the first-place Capitals in the Metropolitan Division. Both teams have three games remaining.