There will certainly be an adjustment period for the players to get used to their new digs. On the ice, the Islanders tried to get a feel for how the boards were and how the ice was. Despite there being a Madonna concert at the arena just two days ago, head coach Jack Capuano said the ice was good.
"It's a lot better after a concert than I've been on in the past at other rinks," he said. "They've worked extremely hard and the ice surface looked good to me."
Capuano added: "Having the change over the ice was good. The ice was really good, the boards were good."
The focus of Capuano's nearly five minute chat with reporters was the ice and the adjustment to life in Barclays Center. The Islanders bench boss did say that Jaroslav Halak will start in net for the Islanders and play a period and a half to two periods against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Anders Lee, who saw the Islanders dressing rooms when they were still under construction, said he couldn't believe how quickly the preseason got here.
"We've been looking forward to it for a while now," Lee said. "To get things going tonight it's going to be really fun. To be here at Barclays is a great way to start the season."
Former Islanders defenseman Andrew MacDonald will be suited up for the Flyers when they hit the Barclays Center ice. Well known names such as Brayden Schenn, Sean Couturier, and Wayne Simmonds will also be playing for Philadelphia.
Also among the Flyers contingent will be players trying to get noticed by management.
"You just expect a good hard game," Lee continued. "At this point in the year everyone's trying to make a good impression and you do that by going out there and playing hard every shift. Both sides are going to be doing that and it will be a good game."
Most of the Islanders' regulars are in Brooklyn, though Mathew Barzal, Kirill Petrov, Joe Whitney, Bracken Kearns, and Adam Pelech will be looking to make impressions as well on the New York side.
Below is the full roster for tonight's game in Brooklyn: