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What the playoffs mean to me: Matt Moulson

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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BUFFALO -- Matt Moulson is 29 and a bona fide scorer in the NHL after four seasons on John Tavares’ wing. But Moulson’s first postseason will take his late-blooming career to a new height. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about the playoffs:

“Ever since I’ve gotten here that’s been a huge goal of ours, getting to the playoffs. All the guys who have been here since I’ve been here, that’s what...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Travis Hamonic

Travis Hamonic talks to reporters as Islanders clean

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BUFFALO -- Travis Hamonic is only 22, but he has a lot of wisdom about hockey life. Here’s his “In Your Own Words” about getting to his first postseason:

“I don’t know how many times growing up you play for the Stanley Cup in your backyard, or winning it -- you’ve got to get to the dance first to have the opportunity and it’s here now.

“You don’t know how often you’re going to get this...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Keith Aucoin

Keith Aucoin celebrates his goal against the Toronto

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PHILADELPHIA -- Next up in our series about what the playoffs mean to these Islanders is Keith Aucoin, the ultimate journeyman.

The 34-year-old center will play his 40th game of the season Thursday night, a personal high. This will also be the first time in Aucoin’s 12-year pro career he’ll spend an entire season in the NHL.

“It means a lot, especially being on a team that hasn’t been...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Colin McDonald

New York Islanders' Colin McDonald (13) hugs goalie

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PHILADELPHIA -- Here's the first in a series that will last as long as we have time for: Islanders players talking about what this playoff berth means to them.

First up is Colin McDonald, the 28-year-old Connecticut native who had just seven NHL games before he made the Islanders out of training camp. He’s missed only three games (two to suspension and one to the flu) and has seven goals,...

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16 Islanders on verge of first NHL playoff experience

Travis Hamonic (3) is checked into the boards

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders can clinch a playoff spot Tuesday night, and we’ve discussed over and over how it would be the first appearance for the long list of homegrown players on this roster.

Of the 27 Isles currently on the roster, 16 would be in an NHL postseason for the first time. That includes John Tavares, Kyle Okposo, Josh Bailey, Travis Hamonic and the other obvious ones.

But...

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Islanders' NHL playoff picture after Monday night

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got some help to stay in sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race on Monday night when the Penguins beat the Senators, but received no help toward clinching a playoff berth with Winnipeg winning in Buffalo.

But the Islanders can still clinch a spot Tuesday night with a loss by the Jets in Washington and a win here against the Hurricanes, who sit 13th in the East.

The...

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Islanders playoff chase: Where are we now?

New York Islanders' Matt Martin (17) and New

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Lots of NHL games Thursday night among the teams in and around the Islanders and Rangers that could change things by the time we hit 11 p.m. Here’s what the chase looks like as of Thursday morning:

5th place -- Toronto Maple Leafs, 53 points (24-14-5)

Magic number to clinch playoff spot: 3

5 games remaining: 4/18 vs. Islanders, 4/20 at Ottawa, 4/24 at Tampa, 4/25 at Florida, 4/27...

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Sizing up Isles' NHL playoff race-mates

Islanders' forward Matt Moulson says he's ready to

A look at the five teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference in a fight for the final two playoff spots:

7TH PLACE -- DEVILS, 15-12-9, 39 points

12 games remaining: 4/4 at Boston, 4/6 vs. Toronto, 4/7 at Buffalo, 4/10 vs. Boston, 4/12 vs. Ottawa, 4/15 at Toronto, 4/18 at Philadelphia, 4/20 vs. Florida, 4/21 at Rangers, 4/23 vs. Montreal, 4/25 vs. Pittsburgh, 4/27 at Rangers.

Outlook:...

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Ramping up urgency, holding off panic

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