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Islanders: Pros and Cons of playing Boston Bruins or Washington Capitals

TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 07: The scoreboard displays that the New York Islanders win over the Florida Panthers period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 07, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ONTARIO - AUGUST 07: The scoreboard displays that the New York Islanders win over the Florida Panthers period in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Qualification Round prior to the 2020 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Scotiabank Arena on August 07, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario. (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders stand at attention during the national anthems (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photo/Getty Images) /

The New York Islanders will face either the Boston Bruins or the Washington Capitals, who’s a better matchup for the Isles?

With a 3-1 series win over the Florida Panthers, the New York Islanders will advance to the playoffs for the second time in two years. Say what you will about how they got there and the impact the canceled 2019-20 regular season had on the outcome, but this is still a success that should be celebrated.

But the Islanders will have little time to do so. The playoffs are set to begin as early as August 11. That’s just three days from now.

With the Carolina Hurricanes sweeping the New York Rangers out in three games and the Montreal Canadiens surprisingly eliminating the Pittsburgh Penguins in four games, we know that the Islanders will be the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference.

The winner of the series between the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Columbus Blue Jackets will be the seventh seed in the East. That means the Islanders will face the three seed from the Eastern Conference round-robin. (Still following?) At the moment that could be either the Washington Capitals or the Boston Bruins.

Both teams face off at noon on Sunday. The winner will face the Islanders while the loser will face Carolina.

With that in mind, who would be a good matchup for the New York Islanders? Islanders fans seem to want no part of the Boston Bruins. Here are the pros and cons for each matchup

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