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Thoughts after Thursday night's loss

Casey Cizikas scores a second-period goal past Ben

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A few thoughts before the Wings come to town on Saturday and I take off for the weekend -- you’ll be in Jim Baumbach’s capable hands for Saturday night game coverage:

-- Thursday night was a real stinger, and it was evident after the game. Jack Capuano usually tries to zig when everyone else zags, so his mild postgame comments are not a sign of denial. He’s not one to pile on when he sees...

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Kevin Poulin to start again for Islanders

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin stops a shot against

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Kevin Poulin will make his second consecutive start in goal on Tuesday for the Islanders, his first set of back-to-back starts since Feb. 20-21, 2012 -- of course, Poulin only played 95 seconds of the Feb. 20 game, pulled after allowing two goals.

But it’s still a bit of a change for the Isles, going with the 25-year-old goaltender to see if he can help right the team after a four-game losing...

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Fixing the Isles' power play problems

Islanders left wing Thomas Vanek skates during the

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COLUMBUS -- We don’t need another 1200-word breakdown of what’s doing with your Islanders today. But we can dive into some of the bad and some of the good coming out of Thursday’s 1-0 loss to the Hurricanes:

-- Atop the list of bad things is the power play, now at 0-for-21 and sliding. It is also 0-for-18 since Thomas Vanek arrived, though John Tavares’ goal in DC was essentially a PPG, since...

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Islanders vs. Penguins matchups

Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends against Sidney

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1 Sidney Crosby vs. Travis Hamonic The Penguins’ superstar will return from a broken jaw and it will be Hamonic’s (and Andrew MacDonald’s) job to contain Crosby and his linemates. Hamonic has the capability to be physical with Crosby, but he’ll have to be careful not to overdo it. The Islanders likely won’t get many calls when matched up against Sid the Kid. 2 John Tavares vs. Brandon...

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3 likes and 3 dislikes for Isles in playoffs

Islanders goaltender Evgeni Nabokov eyes the puck during

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Three things we like about the Islanders heading into their first-round NHL playoff series against No. 1 Pittsburgh:

JOHN TAVARES

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.

EVGENI NABOKOV

The 37-year-old goaltender has loads of playoff experience and has played his best hockey of...

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Islanders locker-room quotes after making the playoffs

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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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...

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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 players in contention for NHL awards

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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It’s NHL awards season -- which means lots of deliberating over who gets my fifth-place Selke Trophy award vote.

This season is different than recent ones, however, because the Islanders have more viable candidates for NHL awards than at any time in perhaps 15-20 years. It can be a difficult balance in a regular, 82-game season to highlight teams you only see once or twice; with no inter-conference...

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John Tavares gets sentimental about Nassau Coliseum

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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The Islanders' move to Brooklyn isn’t scheduled to occur until the 2015-16 season, but an accelerated timetable is always possible.

Yet for John Tavares, the countdown for leaving Nassau Coliseum has already started. And he’s getting sentimental about it.

"There’s been a lot of special moments, a lot of great things have happened in this building,’’ he said after Monday’s practice....

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Video: What Isles must do to make playoffs

Newsday Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple talks about

Arthur Staple talks about what the Islanders must do during this playoff chase to qualify for the postseason. The video is embedded above....

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