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Dunnigan: Divisional Offseason Recap – The Carolina Hurricanes

The IslesBlog staff over a seven-part series will break down the offseason of each of the New York Islanders’ divisional foes. In part one, we focus on one of the returning teams to the division, the Carolina Hurricanes.As we head into the upcoming NHL season the Metropolitan Division is undergoing ...

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Dunnigan: Gabriel Landeskog, a New York Islander? Never say never

Yesterday news broke that another one of the bigger players has the New York Islanders on his wish list. Joining Vladimir Tarasenko, Gabriel Landeskog, the veteran winger, is the latest hockey superstar to name Long Island as a preferred destination to possibly come play.Isles fans should be excited. This is ...

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Dunnigan: Islanders’ Second Line Needs to Make an Impact ASAP

Through the first two series of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, the Islanders leaned on their second line to carry much of the offensive load. Through three games against the Tampa Bay Lightning, that second line has been completely shut down.It has clearly been a focus of Tampa Bay coach Jon ...

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Dunnigan: Isles’ Shutdown of Bruins’ Second Line Propelled Them to Semi-Finals

On Wednesday night the New York Islanders clinched their second round series with a 6-2 victory over the Boston Bruins. The series was a hard-fought battle that could have gone either way. The difference was the Isles’ ability to absolutely shut down the Bruins’ second line.Heading into the second-round matchup ...

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Dunnigan: Islanders on Verge of Proving People Wrong Again

The Islanders found themselves in familiar territory down 2-1 in their second round series to the Boston Bruins. Underdogs coming off a heartbreaking overtime loss in game three at home with the fat lady warming up. Brad Marchand’s overtime-winning goal looked like a series-defining goal. The Bruins may have expected ...

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Dunnigan: Bruins Present Daunting Task for Islanders in Round 2

Wednesday night the New York Islanders defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins 5-3, advancing to the second round of the playoffs for the third straight season. Looking ahead, an extremely difficult matchup awaits the Isles in the second round where they’ll face the Boston Bruins. The Isles finished the season with a ...

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Dunnigan: Slow Starts Could Cost Islanders their series

After a heartbreaking loss Thursday night, the Islanders find themselves in what feels like a must-win situation heading into Game Four on Saturday. Slow starts in all three games of the series have plagued the Isles and could put an early end to their playoff run.In game one, Kyle Palmieri ...

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Dunnigan: Islanders vs Penguins: A Series New, Not 2019 Déjà vu

Sports fans have a tendency to look to the past to draw hope for the future. With the New York Islanders set to face the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, many fans have already started to look to the Isles 2019 sweep of the Pens.Islanders’ ...

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Dunnigan: For Struggling Islanders Rest Could Be Saving Grace

The good news is the New York Islanders are headed to the Stanley Cup Playoffs. The bad news is the Isles are in the midst of their worst stretch of hockey this season. Entering the playoffs, you always want to be hitting your stride, so understandably Islanders’ fans are panicking. ...

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