Islanders to play first-round playoff games at Coliseum


NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Islanders say if they qualify for the playoffs, they will play first-round matches at Uniondale's Nassau Coliseum and any other extra match at Brooklyn's Barclays Center.

The team and BSE Global, which operate both arenas, announced Friday that the decision had been made in consultation with Governor Andrew Cuomo's office.

New York is in a strong position to reach the playoffs, sitting at the top of the metropolitan division and in third place in the Eastern Conference.

The Islanders joined Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets of the NBA, in 2015, after 43 years at the Coliseum. They share games between the two sites in the regular season, playing 21 at the Coliseum and 20 at Barclays. The agreement should remain in place until a new arena at Belmont Park, adjacent to the racetrack, is ready for the 2021-22 season. Construction is expected to begin in May.

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