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3 likes and 3 dislikes for Isles in playoffs
Three things we like about the Islanders heading into their first-round NHL playoff series against No. 1 Pittsburgh:
The Hart Trophy candidate had 10 goals in the final 17 games of the regular season and has the fire to succeed in his first playoff trip.
The 37-year-old goaltender has loads of playoff experience and has played his best hockey of the season over the last six weeks.
Every Islander regular has contributed to the playoff run and they will need everyone again to compete in the opening round.
Three things we're concerned about:
The Isles' power play finished the season 1-for-17, and their penalty kill ended the season ranked 21st overall. Both will be key this series.
There are 16 Islanders playing their first playoff series and there's always a chance some of them could be overwhelmed by the occasion.
DURABILITY ON DEFENSE
The Isles do not have a physical defense and that group will be tested in the playoffs, which get physical very quickly.