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NHL Playoff Preview: Rangers v. Capitals

Rangers and Capitals play at opposite ends of the spectrum...

At times it wasn't a guarantee that the Blueshirts would make it into the playoffs.  After essentially playing two weeks of playoff games at the end of the lockout-shortened season, the Rangers worked their way in as a six seed in the Eastern Conference.  Their first round opponent is a familiar one: the Washington Capitals.

Islanders Playoff Preview

#1 Penguins take on #8 Islanders

The New York Islanders are facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Isles come in as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the team finished the lockout shortened season with 55 points. The Penguins are the top seed in the East, and they enter the postseason after capturing 72 points.

Devils' Roller Coaster Ride Ends

Devils Postseason Hopes End with 4-1 Loss to Rangers

New Jersey is home to some of the biggest and fastest roller coasters in the world. Jersey’s hockey team, the Devils, must have taken some inspiration from this and had a season that was nothing short of a roller coaster ride. On the day after the New York Rangers eliminated the Devils from the playoffs it’s now time to reflect on the season that could have been, but never was.

The Isles (and John Tavares) Control Their Own Destiny

Shortened season had provided the Islanders a chance to turn around their franchise in 48 games.

Maybe the writing was on the wall nearly four years ago when John Tavares first donned a blue and orange Islanders jersey.  No flashy ceremony to say “New York hockey is back," but a fresh face for a failing franchise.  More likely, you probably viewed the first overall pick of the 2009 draft as another future star who would toil away in a bad organization like Rick Nash (Columbus), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta) and Rick DiPietro (New York Islanders) before him.  With seven games left in the 2013 season, The Islanders officially controls their own destiny to the postseason, and their young alternate captain is the reason why.

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