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Islanders’ 2016 preseason schedule includes Connecticut trip

The Islanders' Ryan Strome lifts puck the toward

The Islanders' Ryan Strome lifts puck the toward the net during the team's practice at Barclays Center ahead of their preseason game against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sept. 23, 2015. Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

The Islanders are heading to Connecticut — for a preseason game, anyway.

The Isles will host the defending Presidents’ Trophy winner Washington Capitals in a preseason game on Monday, Oct. 1 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Connecticut, the team announced Thursday. The Islanders’ AHL affiliate, the Sound Tigers, are based in Bridgeport and play their home games in that arena.

The Islanders’ preseason begins at Barclays Center on Monday, Sept. 26 against the Flyers. They play the Rangers at Madison Square Garden the next day as part of a split-squad game, then host the Blueshirts on Oct. 4 at Barclays. It is the first time the Isles and Rangers have faced each other in the preseason since 2007.

Below is the Islanders’ full preseason schedule:

Monday, Sept. 26, 7 p.m. — vs. Philadelphia Flyers (Barclays Center)

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. — at Rangers (Madison Square Garden)

Tuesday, Sept. 27, 7 p.m. — at Philadelphia Flyers (Wells Fargo Center)

Saturday, Oct. 1, 7 p.m. — vs. Washington Capitals (Webster Bank Arena)

Monday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. — vs. New Jersey Devils (Barclays Center)

Tuesday, Oct. 4, 7 p.m. — vs. Rangers (Barclays Center)

Wednesday, Oct. 5, 7 p.m. — at New Jersey Devils (Prudential Center)

Sunday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m. — at Washington (Verizon Center)

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