Islanders goalie Jaroslav Halak (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Capellini: With Playoffs Looming, Islanders Need Halak To Be Their MVP The Rest Of The Way

Jaroslav Halak is a very good goaltender. But does he have the game to help take the Islanders to the next level? We’re going to find out.

03/30/2015

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers allows a goal by Milan Lucic #17 of the Boston Bruins in the first period at the TD Garden on March 28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Hartnett: Rangers Must Respond After Weekend Wake-Up Call

What Rangers fans have seen over the past two games is probably a blip. This team has shown an ability to self-correct all season long.

03/30/2015

Scott Gomez #21 of the New Jersey Devils looks on during the third period against the Anaheim Ducks at the Prudential Center on March 29, 2015 in Newark, New Jersey. The Ducks defeated the Devils 2-1. (Photo by Christopher Pasatieri/Getty Images)

Schwei’s Devils Notebook: Little-Known Facts, Odd Stats And Strange Records

The New Jersey Devils were mathematically eliminated from the playoffs Sunday as they matched their season-worst five game winless streak with a 2-1 loss to Anaheim at Prudential Center.

03/30/2015

Detroit Red Wings v New York Islanders

Islanders Hold On For Huge Win Over Red Wings

Frans Nielsen’s goal 16 seconds into the second period broke a 3-3 tie and the New York Islanders held on to beat the Detroit Red Wings 5-4 for their first home win this month.

03/30/2015

NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 19: Cam Talbot #33 of the New York Rangers prepares for the game against the Vancouver Canucks on February 19, 2015 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Ovechkin, Chimera Score 2 Each In Caps’ Win Over Rangers

Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Jason Chimera added two goals in the third period to rally the Washington Capitals to a 5-2 victory over the New York Rangers on Sunday.

03/30/2015

Anaheim Ducks v New Jersey Devils

Gibson Makes 26 Saves, Ducks Beat Devils For 3rd Straight

John Gibson made 26 saves and the Anaheim Ducks took another step to securing the NHL’s best regular-season record with a 2-1 victory over the New Jersey Devils on Sunday night.

03/30/2015

Devils goalie Cory Schneider. (Photo by Ben Nelms/Getty Images)

Staal, Faulk Score In 3rd, Lead Hurricanes Past Devils 3-1

Eric Staal and Justin Faulk scored in the third period, and Carolina beat New Jersey 3-1 on Saturday night.

03/28/2015

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers tends net against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Henrik Lundqvist Returns From Injury, Starts For Rangers

Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist returned from a vascular injury Saturday.

03/28/2015

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers defends against Gregory Campbell #11 of the Boston Bruins in the second period at the TD Garden on March 28, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Rangers Fall 4-2 To Boston Bruins As Lundqvist Returns

Milan Lucic scored twice in the first 10 minutes, Carl Soderberg also scored in the first period, and the Boston Bruins spoiled New York goaltender Henrik Lundqvist’s return after a long layoff with a 4-2 victory over the Rangers on Saturday.

03/28/2015

Ryan Getzlaf #15 of the Anaheim Ducks is checked by Brian Strait #37 of the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 28, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. The Ducks defeated the Islanders 3-2. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Islanders Lose As Ducks Clinch Playoff Berth

Frederik Andersen made 29 saves, and the Anaheim Ducks used a two-goal second period to beat the struggling New York Islanders 3-2 on Saturday to clinch a Western Conference playoff berth.

03/28/2015

Nick Shore #37 and the Los Angeles Kings celebrate after Shore scored his first NHL goal at 10:37 of the second period against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on March 26, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Friedman: Relax, Everybody — The Isles Are Not Down For The Count

It’s very important to remain cognizant of the fact that the Isles are still a young team. I recognize that people get tired of hearing that, but it’s true nonetheless.

03/27/2015

Henrik Lundqvist #30 of the New York Rangers tends net against the New York Islanders at the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on January 27, 2015 in Uniondale, New York. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Silverman: With Henrik Set To Return, Rangers Begin Final Preparations For Cup Run

Talbot is good enough to win some tough, grinding games in February and March, but when it’s all or nothing in April and May, they need Lundqvist to be between the pipes.

03/27/2015

Mats Zuccarello #36 of the New York Rangers celebrates his goal with teammates on the bench in the first period against the Los Angeles Kings on March 24, 2015 at Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Hartnett: ‘Next Man Up’ Mindset Driving Playoff-Bound Rangers

The Rangers have done all of this without Lundqvist, St. Louis and Klein. Imagine what this team is capable of doing when its at full strength.

03/27/2015

Nick Boynton while with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2011. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Coyotes Broadcaster Charged With Assault In Buffalo Casino Incident

The Buffalo Police Department said the 36-year-old native of Ontario, Canada, became abusive toward patrons and bit the hand of an officer trying to subdue him.

03/27/2015

Rangers forward Chris Kreider (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Rangers Clinch Playoff Spot With 5-1 Win Over Ottawa

Chris Kreider had two goals and an assist and the New York Rangers clinched a playoff spot with a 5-1 win over the Ottawa Senators on Thursday night.

03/27/2015