The Chicago Blackhawks and New York Islanders take the ice in Brooklyn for the first-ever NHL game at Barclays Center on Friday night. The season opener for the Islanders starts a new era for the team, which had spent decades playing at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.
The Hawks are coming off a 3-2 loss to the New York Rangers in their season opener Wednesday night. An ugly defensive start to the game cost the team, which got goals from Artemi Panarin and Teuvo Teravainen but couldn't capitalize on some chances late in the third period to tie things up. Chicago will look to get back to its winning ways in Brooklyn.
Lineup changes could be in store for the Hawks, who could play Viktor Svedberg and Viktor Tikhonov for the first time this season. Corey Crawford will also be in goal, which could position Scott Darling to make his debut Saturday night when the two teams play again in Chicago.
The Islanders haven't started their season yet but look like one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference. A lineup featuring John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Johnny Boychuk and old pal Nick Leddy makes New York a daunting opponent, and the team should be charged up playing its first game in a new locale. Maybe the Hawks can take advantage of those early jitters to take a lead like the Rangers got Wednesday night.
Another big thing to watch Friday night is the reception of Patrick Kane in Brooklyn. This is the first time Kane will be playing on the road while authorities continue an investigation into allegations of sexual assault against the star winger. Fans at the United Center have largely welcomed Kane back despite the significant off-the-ice issues going on with him. Opposing fans probably won't be so kind and we'll just have to see how bad the reaction gets for Kane.
How to watch
Time: 6:30 p.m. CT
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
TV: CSN Chicago, NHL Network (U.S.)