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Team W-L-OTL Pts
55-23-4 114
52-23-7 111
39-27-16 94
40-31-11 91
38-32-12 88
38-33-11 87
38-39-5 81
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  • Islanders' Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Game-time decision Saturday

    Per Andrew Gross of Newsday, coach Patrick Roy said Pageau (lower body) will be a game-time decision for Saturday's playoff opener versus Carolina.

    Pageau was injured Wednesday versus the Penguins in the final game of the regular season. He completed the year with 11 goals, 22 assists, 101 shots on net and 196 hits in 82 outings. Should Pageau be unavailable Saturday, expect to see Simon Holmstrom enter the lineup.

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  • Islanders' Jakub Skarek: Promoted from AHL

    Skarek was recalled from AHL Bridgeport on Friday, per CapFriendly.

    Skarek has posted a lackluster 3.23 GAA and .888 save percentage in 36 AHL contests this year. The 24-year-old has yet to make his NHL debut.

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  • Islanders' Noah Dobson: Good to go for Game 1

    Dobson (upper body) is expected to be available for Saturday's Game 1 versus the Hurricanes, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Dobson missed the last three games of the regular season due to an upper-body injury, but he should slot into his usual featured role skating on the top pairing and first power-play unit for Game 1. He racked up a career-high 70 points through 79 contests during the 2023-24 campaign.

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  • Islanders' Semyon Varlamov: Starting in Carolina

    Varlamov will defend the visiting crease in Carolina on Saturday for Game 1, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Varlamov took over for Ilya Sorokin as New York's No. 1 netminder down the stretch, starting in seven of the Islanders' last 11 regular-season games. Varlamov won his last five starts, ending the season with a 14-8-4 record to go with a 2.60 GAA and a .918 save percentage, Varlamov stopped 39 shots in a 5-4 overtime victory over the Hurricanes in his lone appearance against the team this season Nov. 30.

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  • Islanders' Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Questionable for Game 1

    Pageau's (lower body) status for Game 1 versus Carolina on Saturday is questionable, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Pageau was injured in the first period Wednesday against Pittsburgh and did not return. He finished the regular season with 33 points in 82 games. Should Pageau be unable to go Saturday, look for Simon Holmstrom to enter the lineup on the fourth line.

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  • Islanders' Alex Jefferies: Signs entry-level contract

    Jefferies inked a two-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders on Friday.

    Jefferies spent four seasons with Merrimack College after he was drafted in the fourth round, 121st overall, in 2020. He played 10 games with AHL Bridgeport after his career at college ended in March, scoring three times and adding three assists. Look for Jefferies to start next season in the AHL.

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  • Islanders' Henrik Tikkanen: Signs with Islanders

    Tikkanen signed a two-year, entry-level contract with the Islanders on Friday.

    Tikkanen was drafted by the Islanders in the seventh round in 2020. The six-foot, eight-inch netminder has spent the last two seasons in the Islanders' minor league system. He was 11-7-2 with a 3.22 GAA and an .892 save percentage at ECHL Worcester and managed 16 games at the AHL level this year, going 7-5-2 with a 2.17 GAA and a .927 save percentage with Bridgeport. Look for Tikkanen to spend another season in the minors.

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  • Islanders' Anders Lee: Returns to practice

    Lee (personal) was back at practice Friday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Lee missed the final game of the regular season Wednesday versus the Penguins. Lee ended the season with 20 goals, 17 assists, 185 shots on goal and 176 hits in 81 appearances. Look for Lee to see middle-six action versus the Hurricanes in Saturday's Game 1.

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  • Islanders' Hudson Fasching: Ready to play Saturday

    Fasching (rest) practiced Friday, per Andrew Gross of Newsday.

    Fasching did not play in the Islanders' regular-season finale Wednesday against Pittsburgh to get some rest ahead of the playoffs. He practiced on the second line alongside Brock Nelson and Kyle Palmieri on Friday. Fasching had four goals and 14 points in 45 games during the regular season.

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  • Islanders' Pierre Engvall: Back in lineup

    Engvall (rest) practiced Friday, Andrew Gross of Newsday reports.

    Engvall was given the night off Wednesday versus Pittsburgh, as the Islanders had already clinched a playoff spot. He is expected to see third-line action alongside Kyle MacLean and Anders Lee in Game 1 on Saturday versus the Hurricanes.

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  • Islanders' Mathew Barzal: Practicing Friday

    Barzal (rest) was at practice Friday, according to Andrew Gross of Newsday.

    Barzal was given the night off Wednesday versus Pittsburgh as the Islanders played in their final game of the regular season. Barzal had 23 goals and 57 assists in 80 games during the regular season. leading the Islanders in scoring. Look for Barzal to play on the top line as well as being the centerpiece of the first power-play unit during the playoffs.

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  • Islanders' Samuel Bolduc: Two points in return Wednesday

    Bolduc scored a power-play goal and added an even-strength assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Penguins.

    The 23-year-old blueliner hadn't been in the Islanders' lineup since Jan. 27, falling out of the blue-line mix soon after Patrick Roy took over as head coach. Following a conditioning stint with AHL Bridgeport, Bolduc rejoined the team for the regular-season finale and made an immediate impact. If Noah Dobson (upper body) isn't ready to play Saturday for Game 1 of a first-round series against Carolina, Bolduc could wind up seeing a regular shift.

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  • Islanders' Brock Nelson: Two-point effort against Pens

    Nelson produced an even-strength goal and a power-play assist in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Penguins.

    After opening the scoring early in the first period, the 32-year-old helped set up Kyle Palmieri with only 16 seconds left in the second frame. Nelson extended his point streak to five games and his goal streak to three games in the process, and over that stretch he's racked up four goals and eight points. If the Islanders are going to upset the Hurricanes in the first round, Nelson will likely need to remain locked in. On the season, he's delivered 34 goals and 69 points, falling just short of the career-best numbers he posted in 2022-23.

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  • Islanders' Simon Holmstrom: Two points including GWG

    Holmstrom scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Wednesday's 5-4 victory over the Penguins.

    After setting up Brock Nelson for the Islanders' first tally of the night early in the first period, Holmstrom broke a 4-4 tie late in the third by firing the puck past Alex Nedeljkovic after the Penguins couldn't clear the zone. It's Holmstrom's first multi-point performance since Dec. 5, and while the 22-year-old winger will take a bit of momentum into the postseason, his 15 goals and 25 points through 75 games in his first full NHL campaign don't give him a lot of fantasy appeal.

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  • Islanders' Ilya Sorokin: Busy to end regular season

    Sorokin stopped 40 shots in Wednesday's 5-4 win over the Penguins.

    The 28-year-old goalie will take some momentum into the postseason. Sorokin made 40 or more saves in each of his last two starts, and he's gone 3-0-1 over his last four appearances while giving up nine goals on 133 shots (.932 save percentage). He'd been splitting work again with Semyon Varlamov to close out the regular season though, and Varly has won five straight starts of his own while posting a .945 save percentage. As a result, Varlamov seems to be the favorite to get the nod between the pipes Saturday when the Isles begin their first-round series in Carolina.

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  • Islanders' Jean-Gabriel Pageau: Exits Wednesday's game

    Pageau (undisclosed) exited Wednesday's game versus the Penguins after sustaining an injury in the first period, Stefen Rosner of NHL.com reports.

    The Islanders are likely taking a cautious approach with the two-way center in the last game before the postseason. Pageau will wrap up the regular season with 33 points while playing in all 82 games for the first time since 2016-17.

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  • Islanders' Sebastian Aho: Not resting Wednesday

    Aho will play Wednesday versus the Penguins, Stefen Rosner of NHL.com reports.

    Aho was initially slated to be rested for this game, but Anders Lee (personal) will now sit out instead. Aho will serve as a seventh defenseman, so it's likely his ice time will be limited anyway.

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Team Statistical Rankings

GF AVG GA AVG Power Play
Team 2.95 3.11 20.3

Injuries

Player Injury
J. Pageau C Jean-Gabriel Pageau C Lower Body
S. Mayfield D Scott Mayfield D Lower Body

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