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Atlantic breakdown: New York Islanders

Atlantic breakdown: New York Islanders

For the next two weeks CSNWashington.com will continue our team-by-team look at the three divisions in the Eastern Conference. Every weekday well profile a new team and break down the changes they made in the offseason.

This week: Atlantic Division. Today: New York Islanders

20011-12 Record: 34-37-11, 79 points

Where they finished: 5th in Atlantic; 14th in East; 27th in NHL

Coach: Jack Capuano, 3rd season

Key arrivals: D Lubomir Visnovsky, RW Brad Boyes, RW Eric Boulton, D Matt Carkner

Key departures: RW P.A. Parenteau, LW Jay Pandolfo, D Steve Staios, G Al Montoya

Projected Lineup
Forwards

Matt Moulson - John Tavares - Brad Boyes
Josh Bailey - Ryan Strome - Kyle Okposo
David Ullstrom - Frans Nielsen - Michael Grabner
Matt Martin - Casey Cizikas - Eric Boulton
Marty Reasoner - Jesse Joensuu

Defensemen
Mark Streit - Travis Hamonic
Lubomir Visnovsky - Andrew MacDonald
Matt Donovan - Matt Carkner
Ty Wishart

Goaltenders
Evgeni Nabokov - Rick DiPietro

Our Take: The Islanders will miss the offensive production of P.A. Parenteau, who finished third on the club last season with 67 points, and the veteran leadership of Jay Pandolfo. But Brad Boyes is capable of 20 or more goals and John Tavares, Josh Bailey and Kyle Okposo keep getting better. The Isles are still a question mark on defense, especially if Lubomir Visnovsky successfully vetoes his trade from Anaheim. And will goalie Rick DiPietro ever amount to anything more than a 67.5 million backup?

Offseason grade: C

Will they make the 2013 playoffs? No.

Projected finish in the East: 13th

Agree? Disagree? Join the conversation below.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: On to Vegas!

The Capitals are the Eastern Conference Champions!

After dispatching Tampa Bay in Game 7, the Caps claimed the conference crown for just the second time in franchise history. But they're not done yet. Now it's on to Vegas to face the Golden Knights for the Stanley Cup.

JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir break down the Caps' win over the Lightning and look ahead to the matchup with the Knights.

Check out their latest episode in the player below or listen on the Capitals Faceoff Podcast page.

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Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

Believe it or not, this isn't the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup

In what is perhaps the most unexpected Stanley Cup Final pairing in recent memory, the Washington Capitals and the Las Vegas Golden Knights are going to make history this year.

Either it is going to be the first expansion team to win a title in their first season, or it will be a team looking to end a 27-year title drought for one of the biggest cities in the United States.

But what it will not be is the first D.C. vs. Vegas postseason matchup.

Going even farther back than the Capitals last Stanley Cup appearance (1998), the Georgetown Hoyas and UNLV Rebels met in the 1991 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament.

Sin City took the first, and up until now, the only postseason bout between these two cities. The Larry Johnson-led University of Las Vegas squad powered right past the Hoyas in the Second Round of the NCAA Tournament.

[D.C. sports and Second Rounds, I know right?]

Coming fresh off the NCAA title in 1990, UNLV waltzed right to the Final Four before meeting their demise against Duke. It also ended up being the last game for Dikembe Mutombo in a Georgetown uniform.

While in all likely-hood this will not be the final game/ series for Alex Ovechkin rocking the red, it may be his last and only chance for him to play this far into a postseason.

In the past two seasons, Vegas has gone from zero professional teams to having a Stanley Cup contender, a WNBA franchise, and lined up to take over the Oakland Raiders in 2020. 

Now time for the Golden Knights' Cinderella story to come up a little bit short. 

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