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Islanders to open season Jan. 19 against Devils at Nassau Coliseum

John Tavares skates during a game against the

John Tavares skates during a game against the Florida Panthers. (Feb. 12, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

The Islanders will open the abbreviated 2013 season on Jan. 19 at Nassau Coliseum against the Devils. The Bergen Record first reported the matchup.

According to two people familiar with the ongoing creation of the 48-game schedule, the Islanders' second game is likely to be an afternoon home game two days later on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The opponent is still to be determined.

The NHL players association began the process of ratifying the new collective-bargaining agreement Thursday night. That vote will not be finished until Saturday, meaning physical exams most likely will take place Saturday afternoon and the Islanders will hold their first training camp on-ice session on Sunday.

Details still are being finalized between the NHL and the players association regarding the amount of on-ice time teams can have during the short training camp.

Free-agent addition Brad Boyes joined a dozen or so Islanders for a voluntary workout at IceWorks Thursday. John Tavares, Ryan Strome and Michael Grabner are likely to join the group Friday.

There was no news Thursday on the future of Isles defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky, who wants to stay in Slovakia and finish the season in the KHL. It appeared that, like stars Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, Visnovsky is waiting until the last possible moment before making any decision.


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