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Islanders players in contention for NHL awards

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

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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Talk of ages getting old for Nabokov

Goalie Evgeni Nabokov of the New York Islanders

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

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...

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Video: What Isles must do to make playoffs

Newsday Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple talks about

Arthur Staple talks about what the Islanders must do during this playoff chase to qualify for the postseason. The video is embedded above....

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Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov wins 20th game

Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov is congratulated by teammates

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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....

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Islanders Q&A: Ryan Strome, playoffs, Nabokov

Ryan Strome skates during Islanders' training camp. (Jan.

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Islanders beat writer Arthur Staple answered questions from Newsday readers on Thursday. Here’s some of the highlights from the chat:

Kyle: Do you think this team is capable of winning 1+ rounds in the playoffs?

Staple: Kyle -- The way they've played the last 9 games, it's hard to say "no chance" to that. The Bruins/Penguins first-round matchup will be tough, for sure, and...

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Here come those pesky Bruins

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates in on

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BOSTON -- The Bruins, much like the Flyers, have been a constant thorn in the Isles’ sides over the past few seasons.

On Thursday night, the Islanders bring a different wrinkle to TD Garden against a team they are 5-16-1 against over the past five-plus seasons: Confidence.

“We’re playing them at a good time,” Colin McDonald said. “We’re going pretty well right now. You always want to...

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Nabokov ready to return from groin injury

Evgeni Nabokov #20 of the New York Islanders

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Evgeni Nabokov has been steady in goal this season -- when he hasn’t been hampered by groin problems. He’s ready to return from his second bout with the same injury. "It feels good, I had full practice," he said Monday at Ice Works.

Groin injuries in hockey are common place, especially for goalies. "I don't think it’s a natural movement for the human body to have skates on and...

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Snow won't trade any of his goalies

Al Montoya #35 of the New York Islanders

(Credit: Photo by Jim McIsaac)

With at least one of the three goalies on the roster often sidelined by injury, Garth Snow said he isn’t looking to trade any of them.

"I haven’t been looking to do that by any means, ‘" he said after Monday’s practice at IceWorks. "If anything, I’m glad we have the depth we do have with our goaltending, not just here but in Bridgeport as well."

At the same time,...

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Nino Niederreiter undergoing concussion testing

Islanders right wing Nino Niederreiter, center, is helped

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The Islanders are awaiting further tests on Nino Niederreiter before deciding how long the 19-year-old forward will be sidelined. Niederreiter displayed concussion-like symptoms after taking a forearm to the head from Stars' defenseman Mark Fistric in the first period of Saturday's 5-4 victory in Dallas.

"Anytime one of your players gets hurt, everybody has a concern,'' coach Jack Capuano...

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