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Isles' Frans Nielsen out a month with broken hand

Islanders' Frans Nielsen sets up his shot against

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Frans Nielsen suffered a broken left hand on Saturday, one last indignity for the Islanders as they headed into the Olympic break.

According to Islanders GM Garth Snow, Nielsen may be out a month -- which, given the current break, would mean missing perhaps 4-5 games once the team reconvenes.

Colorado defenseman Erik Johnson delivered a two-handed slash to Nielsen’s hand with 7:52 left...

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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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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 the playoffs mean to me: Frans Nielsen

Islanders' Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against Winnipeg

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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...

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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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Boyes brings shootout success

In 2011-2012, almost 15 percent of all NHL games were decided by the shootout, accounting for 181 extra points in the league standings. The Islanders, who went 7-4 in shootouts last season, bolstered their already-strong shootout effort by signing Brad Boyes to a 1-year contract.   In his prime, Boyes was a formidable offensive threat, scoring 43 goals and 65 points with St. Louis in 2007-2008,...

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