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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...Read more »
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,...Read more »
PHILADELPHIA -- The workload is not getting to Evgeni Nabokov, who is backing up Kevin Poulin on Thursday night against the Flyers.
“Half of this game is the mental part,” Nabokov said after the morning skate. “You get in a groove, you just need to take care of yourself mentally. Physical part is not that hard, really.”
So Nabokov, who has started 15 of the last 16 games for the Isles...Read more »
Now that the Islanders have clinched a playoff berth, what’s next? Here’s our latest playoff picture snapshot:
1st place -- Pittsburgh Penguins, 70 points
Pittsburgh has clinched the top seed in the East.
2nd place -- Boston Bruins, 59 points (23 regulation/OT wins)
Now that the Isles are in, it’s time to see where potential first-round opponents are. Boston has three games...Read more »
Some quotes from around the Islanders' locker room in Raleigh, N.C., on Tuesday night after they clinched their first playoff berth since 2007.
John Tavares: “We had to win a lot more games late because we put ourselves behind the eight-ball with the start to the season we had. We knew we needed to start winning some games that we’d been losing the first half of the season, and we needed to...Read more »
Below you'll find the video evidence that proves the Islanders qualified for the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night for the first time since 2007.
First up are highlights from the Islanders' 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, followed by the Winnipeg Jets' loss to the Washington Capitals. addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', '1fl5i61ymkgps138o11fxa61kf',...Read more »
It's obvious that the Isles' homegrown core never has experienced a playoff series — 16 of the 27 players on the roster never played in an NHL playoff game.
But even their veterans are fairly inexperienced. Evgeni Nabokov leads the way with 80 playoff games, all with the Sharks; next is Marty Reasoner with 23 games, his last coming in 2003.
The Islander with the most recent playoff run:...Read more »
RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.
Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.
Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and...Read more »
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...Read more »
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...Read more »