10,000 gallons of water are used to make one inch of ice over the 16,300 square feet of arena surface, the team said.The first game at the venue will be Nov. 20. Credit: New York Islanders

RALEIGH, N.C. — The Islanders, who began their season with a 6-3 loss to the Hurricanes on Thursday night, won’t play their home opener until Nov. 20. But the ice has been laid down at the new $1.1 billion UBS Arena at Belmont Park.

The full sheet was placed over the foundational black ice on Thursday and then painted. The center ice logo is expected to be hand painted and completed by Friday. After that, the rink will be flooded to finish the job.

One gallon each of red and blue paint were used to draw the on-ice lines and circles. Meanwhile, 10,000 gallons of water was used to create an ice surface one-inch thick over the 16,300 feet of rink surface. The ice temperature will be maintained at between 18-22 degrees Fahrenheit.

Tough night

Oliver Wahlstrom went without a shot in 12:34 and took an offensive-zone penalty that led to Teuvo Teravainen’s crucial third-period power play goal. Coach Barry Trotz said it was a matter of Wahlstrom trying to do too much.

"A good example of doing too much is how many times he turned the puck over trying to stickhandle through three or four guys," Trotz said. "He took an offensive-zone penalty trying to do too much. When we had him on the six-on-five, he tried to dangle through four or five guys."

Isles files

Sportico ranked the Islanders, at $865 million, as as the 13th most valuable NHL franchise with a projected revenue of $203 million this season. The Maple Leafs, at $2 billion, were ranked as the most valuable franchise ... The defense pair of Andy Greene and Scott Mayfield was a minus-3 ... Defenseman Ryan Pulock blocked a game-high six shots ... Goalie Semyon Varlamov (injured reserve/soreness) and Matt Martin (non-roster/injured/ankle) both skated and Trotz said Martin could have played.

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