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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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Colin McDonald returns for Islanders

Islanders right wing Colin McDonald follows through on

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- Kevin Poulin goes into the Isles' net on Thursday against the Hurricanes, Colin McDonald goes back in the lineup after missing five games and Aaron Ness makes his season debut on defense.

A few changes for Jack Capuano and the Isles for their game here.

Poulin, who stopped 26 shots in a 3-1 win over the Bruins on Saturday, was an assumed change. So was the return of...

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Isles' Frans Nielsen says team should be angry after 6-2 loss

Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (8) tries

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got back to work on Wednesday, trying to erase the bad memories of the second period in Tuesday’s 6-2 loss to the Caps in Washington.

“For me, it was the first time all year I didn’t think we channeled our energy the right way,” Jack Capuano said. “There was a lot of frustration on the bench and I thought it carried over in that period.”

The Isles gave up five...

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What's wrong with the Islanders?

New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov gets beat

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- It’s time to ask and break down the following question: What’s wrong with the Islanders?

Let’s dive in.

Is it the goaltending?

Certainly, Evgeni Nabokov has not been good enough at times this season. The difference between what I like to call “Twitter Reality” and “Hockey Reality” is that not every goal in a bad game such as Tuesday’s is the goaltender’s fault....

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Evgeni Nabokov to start against Capitals

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders

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WASHINGTON -- Jack Capuano is going back to Evgeni Nabokov in goal on Tuesday here against the Capitals, despite Kevin Poulin’s solid outing in Saturday’s 3-1 win over the Bruins -- and Nabokov’s shaky outing in the 5-4 shootout win over the Senators on Friday.

“You look at the history, Nabby has played well here,” Capuano said of Nabokov, who is 12-1-3 with a 2.09 GAA and .926 save percentage...

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Thomas Vanek trade a solid move, but can Islanders keep him?

Buffalo Sabres' left winger Thomas Vanek eyes the

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After the biggest Islanders trade in quite a while -- perhaps since the last time these two teams made a meaningful trade, when the Isles acquired the rights to Michael Peca for Tim Connolly and Taylor Pyatt in the summer of 2001 -- we’ve all had a night to sleep on it and gather our thoughts.

Here are some of mine after the Isles dealt popular, steady Matt Moulson, their first round pick...

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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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Bouchard back in lineup for Isles

Islanders right wing Pierre-Marc Bouchard skates against the

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Pierre-Marc Bouchard returns to the lineup Tuesday night for the Islanders and both of Jack Capuano’s rookies will be healthy scratches against the Sabres.

Capuano said he’d yet to make a determination as to which forward will come out of the lineup to allow Bouchard to return, but it was likely to be Brock Nelson, who was a healthy scratch in Chicago on Friday.

Matt Donovan, the Isles’...

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Kevin Poulin gets first start in goal

Islanders goalie Kevin Poulin stops a shot against

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CHICAGO -- Kevin Poulin is in goal, Cal Clutterbuck is in the lineup, Matt Moulson is en route and Brock Nelson is a likely scratch.

There are a few changes coming for the Islanders on Friday night here against the Hawks, topped by Poulin getting his first start of the season in net after Evgeni Nabokov had three strong games.

Nabokov will play on Saturday in Nashville and it was just...

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Nelson, Donovan to play season opener

Brock Nelson of the Bridgeport Sound Tigers prepares

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A few notes off the Friday morning skate here in Newark:

-- Jack Capuano will go with the four lines and top six defensemen from the last week of training camp, meaning Eric Boulton is out among the forwards and Matt Carkner and rookie Griffin Reinhart will sit among the defensemen. Matt Donovan will make his first Isles appearance since 2011-12, and Brock Nelson makes his regular-season debut.

“We...

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