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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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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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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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Isles' lineup changes for Game 2?

David Ullstrom is tripped in the third period

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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...

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Kevin Poulin and the NHL playoffs

Kevin Poulin blocks a shot as the Philadelphia

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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...

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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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Evgeni Nabokov gets a night off

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the Islanders protects the

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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...

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Islanders locker-room quotes after making the playoffs

Matt Moulson and Islanders' fans celebrate his first-period

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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...

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16 Islanders on verge of first NHL playoff experience

Travis Hamonic (3) is checked into the boards

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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...

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