The Islanders are coming home. Prior to Saturday's 1 p.m. game against the Boston Bruins, the Islanders announced that any home playoff games and the 2020-21 season will be played at Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, New York, on Long Island.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the Islanders' move back from Barclays Center in Brooklyn official, holding a press conference during an eventful pregame ceremony that included the No. 91 jersey retirement of former center Butch Goring (1980-85).
"They're here today," Cuomo said. "The Islanders are going to be playing every home game next season right here. The Islanders will be playing every home playoff game this season right here."
Cuomo's announcement follows through on what Newsday reported Friday afternoon, which first mentioned the return to Nassau Coliseum. For the 2021-22 season and beyond, the Islanders are set stay on Long Island at the newly constructed Belmont Park in Elmont, New York.
The Islanders' last home game at Barclays Center is slated for March 22 against the Carolina Hurricanes. That would leave the final four contests -- March 26 (Buffalo Sabres) and 31 (Minnesota Wild), April 2 (Chicago Blackhawks) and 4 (New Jersey Devils) -- to take place at Nassau Coliseum.
Sitting at 35-20-8, the Islanders entered Saturday's game against the Atlantic Division-leading Bruins (40-13-12) in first place for the Eastern Conference Wild Card. The Columbus Blue Jackets (31-21-14) are in the second slot, followed by the Hurricanes (35-24-4) and New York Rangers (35-25-4).