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New York Islanders Five Most Important Players for 2019 Playoffs

UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK - MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
UNIONDALE, NEW YORK – MARCH 30: The New York Islanders celebrate a 5-1 victory over the Buffalo Sabres at NYCB Live’s Nassau Coliseum on March 30, 2019 in Uniondale, New York. With the win, the Islanders qualify for the league playoffs. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

It’s the first trip to the playoffs since 2015-16 for the New York Islanders. Who are the five players that the New York Islanders going to be counting on the most in the postseason?

The New York Islanders are back in the playoffs for the first time since the 2015-16 NHL season. To stay in the dance as long as possible they’ll need to rely on a core group of players from across their lineup.

Of course, the Islanders will continue to preach that cohesive defensive structure and team-first approach that got them to the playoffs in the first place. But teams always need a few players to stand out amongst the others in the postseason.

That’s just the nature of the playoffs. Every inch of ice is intensely fought over. It takes a few players to stand out from the rest to win not only a game but a series.

Here are five players that the New York Islanders will need to step up, in some way, for them to be successful in this first round matchup against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

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