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Islanders And Devils To Play First Preseason Game In Brooklyn

Hockey will be played at Barclays Center. The Nets officially announced Tuesday that the New York Islanders will play a preseason game in Brooklyn on Oct. 2, just four days after the official opening of the Nets' new arena.

The Islanders, not the Nets, will play the first pro sports game of any kind at the new arena.

And the Islanders' opponent for the game will be the Nets' current landlord at the Prudential Center, the New Jersey Devils.

"We already have some of the most passionate fans in the league supporting our young team, and we are looking forward to expanding our base into Brooklyn," said Islanders GM Garth Snow. Brett Yormark left no doubt that this is an audition for a permanent move when the Islanders lease at Nassau Coliseum runs out in 2015. In a phone conversation with the Times Tuesday, Yormak said, “We would love for [Islander owner] Charles [Wang] to consider Brooklyn.”