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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...Read more »
Andrew MacDonald’s pro career has had a few twists and turns -- he started out in Utah of the ECHL and gradually worked his way up to the top pair of the Isles' defense. He’s also played in the playoffs at every level along the way, completing that run with the Isles reaching the postseason:
“It’s safe to say everyone’s dream and goal is to win the Stanley Cup, and making the playoffs is part...Read more »
Thomas Hickey didn’t get his name on the Stanley Cup, but he was on hand when the Kings won it last June. Hickey was the No. 4 overall pick by the Kings in 2007, but never played a game for L.A.
After joining the Isles on waivers in January, he’s had a big hand as one of the top four defensemen in what the Isles achieved this season -- his only goal was the OT winner in Montreal in February...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 »
A snapshot of the Islanders' playoff history:
Stanley Cup Finals: 5
1975: Defeated Rangers, 2-1, preliminary round; defeated Pittsburgh, 4-3, quarterfinals; lost to Philadelphia, 4-3, semifinals
1976: Defeated Vancouver, 2-0, preliminary round; defeated Buffalo, 4-2, quarterfinals; lost to Montreal, 4-1, semifinals
1977:...Read more »
Eric Boulton may not make it into any of the Isles’ playoff games, but the 36-year-old enforcer was on the roster during the Devils’ run to the Stanley Cup final last spring and knows what it takes to get there.
He also knows what it’s like to be part of a team that could surprise some people:
“Yeah -- I think a lot of teams worry about playing us. We don’t have a lot of experience,...Read more »
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...Read more »
As one of the most popular Islanders, Matt Martin maybe doesn’t have the on-ice influence of some of his bigger-name teammates, but he’s about to lead the NHL in hits for a second straight season.
He’s also a locker-room leader, and here’s what he had to say about his first playoff trip in our "In Your Own Words" series:
“We’ve been through a lot as a group, been through some...Read more »
Josh Bailey, like Kyle Okposo, has perhaps had the most up-and-down Isles career. He went straight to the NHL at 18, spent a couple weeks in the minors and now has become an integral part of what’s happening at the ripe old age of 23.
Here’s his “In Your Own Words” on the playoffs:
“It’s exciting and we’ve waited a long time. That being said, if you just get satisfied and happy about...Read more »
Frans Nielsen has played the most games, 367 including tonight, of any of the core Islanders, so he is particularly pleased at the first playoff trip for him and his longtime teammates.
Here’s the 29-year-old center “In Your Own Words” on this season and what’s to come:
“It means a lot. We pretty much have had the same core the whole time and it’s been fun seeing the team grow and get...Read more »