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PITTSBURGH -- Jack Capuano tried to be coy about his lineup changes, but the extra on-ice work of a few Islanders gave away his likely Game 2 lineup.
David Ullstrom appears to be subbing in for Marty Reasoner up front, and Matt Carkner would be in for Thomas Hickey on defense.
Evgeni Nabokov, who took a Jarome Iginla slap shot off his head that broke his mask and was pulled after allowing...Read more »
Kevin Poulin didn’t get much work in goal after being called up two months ago, but he’s still part of his first NHL playoffs at 22. Here’s what the goaltender thinks of this moment:
“Personally, every year you make the playoffs, it’s a good year, right? Unfortunately my first year I got injured, we didn’t make the playoffs. Last year we made it in Bridgeport, fell in first round.
“This...Read more »
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...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 »
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 »
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 »
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...Read more »
Evgeni Nabokov has basically had it with the elder statesman role.
At 37, the goaltender is about ready to retire from the age-old question of experience being the best teacher.
"I’m not a babysitter, everybody’s a grown man here,’’ he said after practice Monday.
The question had to do with his steadying influence on the younger players. He wasn’t so much annoyed as a bit...Read more »
Arthur Staple talks about what the Islanders must do during this playoff chase to qualify for the postseason. The video is embedded above....Read more »
BOSTON -- Evgeni Nabokov continued his workhorse ways, winning his 20th game, one more than he had last season, when the Isles played the full 82 games instead of the 41 they've played so far.
Nabokov lowered his goals-against average to 2.54 from nearly 3.00 through the first half of this shortened season....Read more »