The jersey and logo are the same, but the New York Islanders will have a new look to them as they make their debut in Brooklyn against the defending champion Chicago Blackhawks after officially moving across the city from Long Island in the offseason.
- Chicago is 1-5 in their last 6 road games vs. New York.
- Greiss is making his first start in net for New York. He was 9-6-3 for the Penguins in 2014/15.
- The Blackhawks are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings between both clubs.
The Islanders have solidified themselves as perennial contenders in recent years but have yet to get over the hump in the playoffs. The Blackhawks, fresh off claiming their third Stanley Cup in six years, will be seeking to avoid the dreaded championship hangover in the early part of the season.
The New York Rangers spoiled the Hawks’ celebration on Thursday, skating to a 3-2 victory at the United Center.
New York starting netminder Jaroslav Halak has been sidelined with an upper-body injury, meaning backup Thomas Greiss will get the start in his place. Corey Crawford is slated to counter in between the pipes for the ‘Hawks.