Former Islanders captain John Tavares spoke about what it feels like to play his first game at the Coliseum as an opposing player and what he expects from the fans tonight as he returns with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Credit: Newsday / Greg Inserillo

Follow Newsday's team of reporters as they provide all-day coverage of John Tavares' return to Long Island when the Islanders host the Maple Leafs tonight at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum. 

Tavares, the former Isles captain and No. 1 overall pick, is returning to the Coliseum for the first time since bolting via free agency on July 1, 2018, for a seven-year, $77 million deal with his hometown Maple Leafs. Tavares ranks fifth in Islanders history with 621 points, but he may be in for a very chilly reception from fans who haven't exactly forgotten the way in which he left.

Puck drop is at 7 p.m. Follow @NewsdaySports on Twitter for live updates before, during and after the game.

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