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Islanders: Pros and cons of series vs Philadelphia Flyers or Boston Bruins

The New York Islanders celebrate their 4-0 victory against the Washington Capitals (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
The New York Islanders celebrate their 4-0 victory against the Washington Capitals (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The New York Islanders shake hands with the Washington Capitals (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Who would you rather the New York Islanders face in round two of the playoffs? Here are a few pros and cons for either the Philadelphia Flyers or Boston Bruins.

It took five games for the New York Islanders to eliminate the Washington Capitals from the opening round of the playoffs. Most thought it would be a close series between Barry Trotz and his former team. But it proved to be anything but.

The Islanders dominated the Capitals through the opening three games of the series, running to a commanding 3-0 lead. Fealing the end was close the Caps fought back in the final two periods of Game 4 for their only victory in the series.

To the Isles credit, they made the Capitals look indifferent in Game 5 with a 4-0 win for the gentleman’s sweep.

For now, the Islanders wait for their next opponent in round two that is scheduled to begin as early as Saturday with Colorado and Dallas hitting the ice for Game 1 of their second-round series.

We could find out who the Islanders play in round two tonight. A Philadelphia win in Game 6 versus the Montreal Canadiens will set up a Metro division showdown between the Flyers and Islanders.

But if Carey Price and the Montreal Canadiens can win Games 6 and 7 then the Islanders face the Boston Bruins in round two.

Both matchups could prove to be tricky for the New York Islanders. The Flyers finished the round-robin as the top team in the East and seemed poised for a deep playoff run. While the Boston Bruins have had the Isles number for years now.

As we get set for round two, here’s a look at a few pros and cons for the blue and orange in each matchup.

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