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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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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.

The...

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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...

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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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Jaromir Jagr making early impact for Bruins

Jaromir Jagr of the Boston Bruins skates wearing

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BOSTON -- Jaromir Jagr had an assist on the Boston Bruins' lone goal against the Islanders, a power-play score by Tyler Seguin early in the second, to give Jagr six points in the five games he has played since the Bruins traded two prospects and a first-round pick to the Stars for the 41-year-old.

Jagr, the former Ranger -- and Penguin, Capital and Flyer -- is happy to be back in the Eastern...

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Sore leg can't stop Islanders' Travis Hamonic

Travis Hamonic (3) is checked into the boards

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BOSTON -- Travis Hamonic was warned not to watch the replay of his ugly fall in the first period of Thursday night’s 2-1 win over the Bruins. It was a small miracle that Hamonic, who had to be helped off the ice to the locker room, returned within minutes and played the rest of the game on a sore left leg that got caught underneath him as he fell.

“It just felt like my foot got caught and...

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Islanders' Anders Lee sits again

Anders Lee celebrates his first-period goal against Winnipeg's

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BOSTON -- Rookie Anders Lee was a healthy scratch for the second straight game and third time in the five games since he joined the team on April 1.

Capuano has been wary of dropping the 22-year-old into tough situations against speedy opponents. Lee was on the ice for all four goals against in the two games he played, though he did score a goal in his NHL debut.

Lee joined Marty Reasoner,...

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Bruins shorthanded vs. Islanders

Boston Bruins left wing Milan Lucic has a

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BOSTON — Islanders coach Jack Capuano had a bit of a chuckle Thursday morning when asked if the Bruins were vulnerable because of some injuries.

“I don’t know how banged up they are," Capuano said. “They’re pretty deep.’’

That depth is being tested for the Bruins, who dropped into the No. 4 spot in the Eastern Conference after Thursday’s 2-1 loss. They are a possible candidate for...

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Islanders Q&A: Ryan Strome, playoffs, Nabokov

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

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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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Islanders finishing strong as of late

John Tavares of the New York Islanders celebrates

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The Islanders are plus-9 in goal differential in the third period over the last nine games:

  Opponent Score after 2 Final score Goal differential in 3rd Florida Panthers 1-0 Islanders Isles 3, Panthers 0 +2 Washington Capitals 2-2 Isles 3, Capitals 2 +1 Philadelphia Flyers 2-1 Flyers Isles 4, Flyers 3 (SO) +1 Pittsburgh Penguins 0-0 Penguins 2, Isles 0 -2 New Jersey Devils 2-1 Islanders...

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