Business should be strong out of the gate and crowds should be large for the first three months of the season. Between the start of the season and Jan. 11, the team hosts only five games that do not fall on weekends or a holiday break. One of those games is against the Rangers. For the second half of the NHL schedule, the Islanders' place in the Eastern Conference standings will dictate if the majority of fans stick around in large numbers.
As mentioned earlier, the Islanders' decision to increase box office prices has been met with some sticker shock among the fanbase. While Islanders' tickets are still low compared to what you might see in New York City, Chicago or Canada, prices have been raised considerably over the last few years. Except for the last five rows, the least expensive seat to be purchased over-the-counter is $65.
The die-hards who want to catch live action are advised to negotiate their best deal on a partial plan with the staffers in the Islanders' sales office at 1.800.882.ISLES.
Here are the regular season ticket prices for the 2010-11 season. Among the games designated as "premium" are the three tilts at the Coliseum against the Rangers.
100s and 200s (bottom half of arena)
Lower Center: $150 ($170 for premium games)
Lower Corner: $105 ($120)
Lower Endzone: $95 ($110)
300s (top half of arena)
Upper Center rows A-E: $85 ($95)
Upper Endzones rows A-E: $80 ($90)
Center Mezzanine rows F-O: $75 ($85)
End Mezzanine rows F-O: $65 ($75)
Last 5 rows: $35 ($40)
BOSTON 2 ISLANDERS 1 (OT)
The Islanders played much better Thursday in the second of back-to-back rookie games in Boston. Long Island's own Tony Romano scored a first period goal. Ryan Spooner scored both goals for the Bruins, including one with 37 seconds left in overtime on a breakaway. The Islanders out-shot Boston 34-33.
Kevin Poulin was outstanding stopping pucks and feisty protecting his crease. Mark Katic was sharp on defense. Nino Niederreiter doesn't play like a kid who just turned 18.
Travis Hamonic and Lane MacDermid exchanged big rights in front of the Bruins' bench in the second period. Since it was Hamonic's second fight of the two-game series, he was kicked out - as per Islanders-Bruins rookie game rules. Casey Cizikas sat out with a groin strain.
The Bruins announced a crowd of over 14,000 tonight after more than 11,000 yesterday. Tickets were just $5. The concession and merchandise stands were open. Think they'll host a few more rookie games next year?
Dmitry Chesnokov tweeted tonight that Kirill Petrov is on Ak Bars' four-game road trip. From that, Dmitry reasons that Petrov will "most definitely not be coming to the NHL this year." Just passing it along.
On Friday, the rookies have a workout scheduled for the morning and then the main roster skates in the afternoon. Training camp begins.
Comments are welcomed. See you Friday.