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Islanders Bits: More playoff previews, playoff fourth line?

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Everybody dance.
Everybody dance.
Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Islanders practiced again for the playoffs Monday morning, this time actually knowing who their opponent would be. With healthy forwards in the fold -- no maintenance days Monday -- the Isles may have tipped what their fourth line could look like:


Jesse Joensuu and Eric Boulton each saw time on the fourth line during the final regular season games, but Marty Reasoner might have the faceoff, defense and proverbial "playoff experience" the Isles are looking for. The Penguins are deep, so while the Islanders have had three lines going well for the last month, they'll not want to leave holes on the final trio. We'll see.

For the Penguins, Brooks Orpik is questionable for Game 1, and Sidney Crosby sees a doctor today to see if he can get clearance. A nation of broadcasters holds its breath. (Or at least one doting community does.)

More previews and such:

LHH Playoff Pool

Finally, you'll see this in the other playoff poll posts, but Mark set up a pool (no money involved, this is Communist LHH remember) like last year for everyone to make their full playoff picks, for all four rounds. Bonus for getting upsets right. Link and full details here.