Islanders know every shift is a Game 7 during Stanley Cup Playoff push (Puck Daddy)

UNIONDALE, N.Y. -- Starting off the month of March, the New York Islanders began a seven-game homestand 0-2-1. Since then, they've managed a 5-1-1 record and, outside of a 6-1 drubbing at the hands of the Pittsburgh Penguins, have picked up points in seven of their last eight games. Currently three points behind the New Jersey Devils for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, the Islanders start a four-game homestand at Nassau Coliseum against three teams -- Ottawa, Montreal and Pittsburgh -- sitting where they want to be: in a playoff spot. Given the expectations on the team and a shortened schedule, the Islanders know every point is valuable. "[It's been a] playoff approach from Day 1," said head coach Jack Capuano after Tuesday's morning skate.

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