The NHL is getting back to hockey this weekend as it tries to avoid the worst-case scenario of a lockout that could be disastrous for fans.
The National Hockey League announced Sunday it will host four games at the United Center in New York and two at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, with the teams playing two games each on Wednesday and Thursday.
Both games will be on ESPN, and the games will start at 8 p.m.
The games will air on ABC and ESPN2.
A total of 10,000 seats will be sold, with more tickets to be sold as the season progresses.
The NHL will open the regular-season with two games at Madison Square Garden in New Jersey and two in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The two games will open at 7 p.t.
Tickets for the games are still available online and will go on sale on Monday.
The two games against New York are expected to be the marquee matchups of the regular year, and they will bring in the top-ranked New York Rangers, who are coming off a 4-1 overtime victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.
The other game will be against the Los Angeles Kings, which has a chance to make the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2007-08.
The last time the two teams played in the postseason was the 2003-04 season, when the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Ducks, 3-2.
The regular season is the first in which the NHL will be playing on artificial turf.
It’s a natural-grass surface and the teams will be wearing full pads and helmets, but the surfaces are different than those worn in the regular seasons.
The teams are scheduled to practice on artificial surfaces for at least a week and then will play at Madison Hall.
The game between the two New York teams is set for Friday, March 16, at 8:30 p.d.
The games against the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals will be played on artificial-turf turf.
The New York team has been the only one of the two that hasn’t been playing on the artificial turf since last season, so the two will be the first to be played there since last spring.
The Islanders have played on grass since the 2009-10 season, but have had trouble adjusting to the artificial surfaces, as the grass was so soft that they were forced to wear protective equipment in the nets.