A new season has begun for the New York Islanders, who announced that they will be returning to the ice for the first time since the lockout.
The Islanders are coming off a 16-game winning streak, the longest active streak in the NHL, and they also have a home playoff series against the Carolina Hurricanes in seven weeks.
The team announced the team will play at Madison Square Garden on April 9.
The team is one of the biggest surprises of the offseason, but it will be interesting to see how it plays after missing the playoffs in 2014-15.
The Isles are coming back from a 19-year losing streak to win just one playoff series in those seasons.
The Isles won their first playoff series, defeating the New Jersey Devils, 4-3, in the second round in 2015.
The Islanders went on to win the next four playoff games, including two series-deciding wins in the series that helped them advance to the second-round.
This season, the Islanders went 12-7-4 in the first round, including seven straight wins.
They then lost their next four games, which led to a third-round exit at the hands of the Montreal Canadiens.
The 2016-17 season ended with a 6-7 loss to the Detroit Red Wings in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals.
The franchise also missed the playoffs after finishing last in the Metropolitan Division.
The NHL is not expected to approve a new contract for Isles forward Andrei Vasilevskiy until at least next summer.