The Islanders-Rangers’ preseason game on Friday night at UBS Arena was postponed and will instead be played on Saturday night as the result of the flooding in the region and Gov. Kathy Hochul declaring a state of emergency in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley.
Game time remains 7 p.m.
It was a first for Islanders coach Lane Lambert.
“Rained out? No,” Lambert said. “That’s interesting. There’s been a few cancelled because of ice conditions, whatever. But not this.”
Both teams conducted their morning skates as usual the Islanders at Northwell Health Ice Center in East Meadow and the Rangers at the Madison Square Garden Training Center in Greenburgh — before the postponement announcement was made shortly after 1 p.m.
The Islanders also had a preseason game cancelled on Oct. 7, 2021 against the Devils when the electricity partially failed at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. It was the first preseason postponement for the Rangers since immediately after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks when two games were rescheduled. With Colin Stephenson