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Isles are up and down in Pittsburgh

John Tavares of the Islanders and Sidney Crosby

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PITTSBURGH -- The Islanders have a rather mixed bag, history wise, in this city and this relatively new building where the Penguins play.

Friday night’s game should add to that memorable list either way.

If the Isles can pull out a win over the 7-2-0 Penguins with a defense that will feature Matt Carkner and recent signee Radek Martinek, plus goaltender Evgeni Nabokov, who gets the start...

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Islanders' Marty Reasoner likely to start Game 1 against Penguins

Islanders' center Marty Reasoner skates in to celebrate

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PITTSBURGH -- Jack Capuano wasn’t being quite so coy as Penguins coach Dan Bylsma about the Isles’ Game 1 lineup: It would appear that Marty Reasoner, who was a healthy scratch the final 10 games of the regular season, will be in the lineup tonight.

“With the lineup we have and the youth we have, I feel it’s a good situation to have Marty Reasoner back in there,” Capuano said. “I think Marty...

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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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What the playoffs mean to me: Brian Strait

Brian Strait of the Islanders carries the puck

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Brian Strait was a bit sour that the Penguins let him go on waivers in January; now, he’s looking to remind Pittsburgh that it made an error in letting the 25-year-old defenseman go.

Strait will be on the blue line with the Isles for this series and here’s what he thinks of the wild ride he’s had this season:

“Just thinking about it, it’s kind of fitting we’re playing the Penguins. When...

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Islanders' playoff seeding scenarios

Kevin Poulin blocks a shot as the Philadelphia

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BUFFALO - The latest playoff picture snapshot is not a pretty one for the Islanders.

Amazing what one game without any points can do at this late stage, but the Isles definitely felt the sting of Thursday night’s 2-1 regulation loss to the Flyers (watch highlights here).

Even an OT or shootout point would have made this a bit easier to take. The Isles dropped from sixth and controlling...

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