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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...

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Video: Isles-Flyers highlights

The Philadelphia Flyers' Ilya Bryzgalov and Jakub Voracek

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Watch highlights from Thursday night's Islanders-Flyers game embedded below.   (Newsday's app users can watch it at newsday.com/nhlvideo)addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', 'qxv62ic1obhw1msap6hoiob5g', 475, 468, 'perf3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq-qxv62ic1obhw1msap6hoiob5g', 'eplayer14');...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Keith Aucoin

Keith Aucoin celebrates his goal against the Toronto

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PHILADELPHIA -- Next up in our series about what the playoffs mean to these Islanders is Keith Aucoin, the ultimate journeyman.

The 34-year-old center will play his 40th game of the season Thursday night, a personal high. This will also be the first time in Aucoin’s 12-year pro career he’ll spend an entire season in the NHL.

“It means a lot, especially being on a team that hasn’t been...

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What the playoffs mean to me: Colin McDonald

New York Islanders' Colin McDonald (13) hugs goalie

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PHILADELPHIA -- Here's the first in a series that will last as long as we have time for: Islanders players talking about what this playoff berth means to them.

First up is Colin McDonald, the 28-year-old Connecticut native who had just seven NHL games before he made the Islanders out of training camp. He’s missed only three games (two to suspension and one to the flu) and has seven goals,...

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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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Updated Islanders and NHL playoff picture

UNIONDALE, NY - APRIL 06: The New York

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Now that the Islanders have clinched a playoff berth, what’s next? Here’s our latest playoff picture snapshot:

1st place -- Pittsburgh Penguins, 70 points

Pittsburgh has clinched the top seed in the East.

2nd place -- Boston Bruins, 59 points (23 regulation/OT wins)

Now that the Isles are in, it’s time to see where potential first-round opponents are. Boston has three games...

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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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Videos: Isles, Jets lose, Isles make playoffs

Below you'll find the video evidence that proves the Islanders qualified for the NHL playoffs on Tuesday night for the first time since 2007.

First up are highlights from the Islanders' 4-3 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes, followed by the Winnipeg Jets' loss to the Washington Capitals. addCustomPlayer('3860e2p7wlmp1hwde1sofilrq', '891cec8dca9044e3bc366526539c43bc', '1fl5i61ymkgps138o11fxa61kf',...

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Islanders lacking playoff experience

Islanders' Frans Nielsen celebrates his goal against Winnipeg

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It's obvious that the Isles' homegrown core never has experienced a playoff series — 16 of the 27 players on the roster never played in an NHL playoff game.

But even their veterans are fairly inexperienced. Evgeni Nabokov leads the way with 80 playoff games, all with the Sharks; next is Marty Reasoner with 23 games, his last coming in 2003.

The Islander with the most recent playoff run:...

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Islanders call-ups won't include Rick DiPietro, Nino Niederreiter

Rick DiPietro of the Islanders looks on from

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RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Islanders' AHL affiliate in Bridgeport missed the playoffs and its season ended Sunday.

Once the Isles' regular season ends -- provided they reach the postseason -- several of the team's prospects will join the big club to skate with the team's extras and be on hand in case of injury.

Two fairly prominent players will not be among the call-ups: Rick DiPietro and...

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