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10 bold second-half predictions

6) THE ISLANDERS WILL PICK FOURTH The second

6) THE ISLANDERS WILL PICK FOURTH
The second half will be better than the first, and 20-year-old goaltender Kevin Poulin will get to show Isles fans why he’s the most important prospect they have, but it’s off to the top of the draft board yet again.

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Now that most of the regular season is behind us, it's time to look at the twists and turns ahead of us. Arthur Staple gazes into his crystal ball and enlightens us with his bold second-half predictions, including:

-Coaches who won't last the season

-The fates of the Islanders and Rangers

-Why will the Bruins be smiling in April?

-Why the Hawks won't repeat

-Will the Flyers finally break through?

-Eastern and Western Conference champs, and of course, a Stanley Cup pick

For these insights and more, start the slideshow.

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