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Thomas Vanek trade falls short of expectations

Thomas Vanek reacts after a stop in play

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EDMONTON -- The deadline has passed and it's safe to say just about every observer, from the professional types on TSN and Sportsnet up here to just about every fan on Twitter, feels the Islanders failed. A few thoughts and notes on the last several weeks of profound disappointment in Islander country:

-- The Thomas Vanek trade quite obviously fell short of expectations. Once Vanek rejected...

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Islanders need to start winning Wednesday vs. Rangers to have chance at playoffs

Islanders left wing Matt Martin shoots on goalie

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The Islanders definitely took in all the pomp and circumstance of Wednesday’s Stadium Series game during their Tuesday practice and family skate.

A few guys asking which Yankees had which lockers -- for the record, massage therapist Jim Miccio had the place of honor, assigned Derek Jeter’s stall -- and marveling at the surroundings.

Well, maybe not all of them marveled -- Bostonian and...

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Idea: Maybe Isles should trade for Michael Del Zotto

Rangers defender Michael Del Zotto is seen on

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The Islanders are in trouble on defense -- bigger trouble now that Thomas Hickey, one of the few remaining reliable defensemen, is likely out. The Rangers need to make a change and want Michael Del Zotto to be the one moving out. Here is a not-so-modest, but sensible, proposal: A real trade between the Isles and Rangers. Garth Snow has been working the phones to find a defenseman who a) is more...

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Islanders' playoff seeding scenarios

Kevin Poulin blocks a shot as the Philadelphia

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BUFFALO - The latest playoff picture snapshot is not a pretty one for the Islanders. Amazing what one game without any points can do at this late stage, but the Isles definitely felt the sting of Thursday night’s 2-1 regulation loss to the Flyers (watch highlights here). Even an OT or shootout point would have made this a bit easier to take. The Isles dropped from sixth and controlling their own...

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Islanders' NHL playoff picture after Monday night

Michael Grabner of the Islanders skates against the

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Isles got some help to stay in sixth in the Eastern Conference playoff race on Monday night when the Penguins beat the Senators, but received no help toward clinching a playoff berth with Winnipeg winning in Buffalo. But the Islanders can still clinch a spot Tuesday night with a loss by the Jets in Washington and a win here against the Hurricanes, who sit 13th in the East....

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Islanders playoff chase: Where are we now?

New York Islanders' Matt Martin (17) and New

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Lots of NHL games Thursday night among the teams in and around the Islanders and Rangers that could change things by the time we hit 11 p.m. Here’s what the chase looks like as of Thursday morning: 5th place -- Toronto Maple Leafs, 53 points (24-14-5)

Magic number to clinch playoff spot: 3 5 games remaining: 4/18 vs. Islanders, 4/20 at Ottawa, 4/24 at Tampa, 4/25 at Florida, 4/27 vs. Montreal....

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Jack Capuano getting the most out of Isles players

Head coach Jack Capuano of the Islanders speaks

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BOSTON -- After the Islanders’ 2-1 win here on Thursday night, the loudest thing in the visitors’ dressing room was a bit of music -- and sarcastic booing from the stall of the reigning Good Guy Award winner when the media parade walked in, causing the music volume to be lowered. But that’s all. No whooping, no hollering; maybe the Isles were done with that, but their post-game comments were all...

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Sizing up Isles' NHL playoff race-mates

Islanders' forward Matt Moulson says he's ready to

A look at the five teams in the NHL's Eastern Conference in a fight for the final two playoff spots: 7TH PLACE -- DEVILS, 15-12-9, 39 points

12 games remaining: 4/4 at Boston, 4/6 vs. Toronto, 4/7 at Buffalo, 4/10 vs. Boston, 4/12 vs. Ottawa, 4/15 at Toronto, 4/18 at Philadelphia, 4/20 vs. Florida, 4/21 at Rangers, 4/23 vs. Montreal, 4/25 vs. Pittsburgh, 4/27 at Rangers. Outlook: Not so...

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Video: Post-game reactions from Isles vs. Rangers

Marian Gaborik's power play goal in overtime gave

We put a camera crew in each locker room at Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night after the Islanders lost to the Rangers in overtime. Above is the edited result of their efforts....

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