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Islanders vs. Penguins matchups

Travis Hamonic of the Islanders defends against Sidney

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1 Sidney Crosby vs. Travis Hamonic The Penguins’ superstar will return from a broken jaw and it will be Hamonic’s (and Andrew MacDonald’s) job to contain Crosby and his linemates. Hamonic has the capability to be physical with Crosby, but he’ll have to be careful not to overdo it. The Islanders likely won’t get many calls when matched up against Sid the Kid. 2 John Tavares vs. Brandon...

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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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What the playoffs mean to me: Brian Strait

Brian Strait of the Islanders carries the puck

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Brian Strait was a bit sour that the Penguins let him go on waivers in January; now, he’s looking to remind Pittsburgh that it made an error in letting the 25-year-old defenseman go.

Strait will be on the blue line with the Isles for this series and here’s what he thinks of the wild ride he’s had this season:

“Just thinking about it, it’s kind of fitting we’re playing the Penguins. When...

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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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