Found February 20, 2012 on Tonight's Healthy Scratches:
Presidents' Day, for many teams around the league, is often a day to reflect not only on the history of America's most newsworthy leaders, but to rest up and take stock in their current positions in the standings as the trade deadline approaches. For the Islanders though, this year represents an opportunity for hope. For change. For a chance to move within striking distance of the playoffs. The Isles will play host to the Ottawa Senators at 1 p.m. today, the first of games in consecutive days against teams in a similar situation. As of now, New York sits in 12th place in the East, six points behind Toronto for the last playoff spot with one game in hand. Today's game against Ottawa and tomorrow's game against Buffalo may very well decide if the Islanders are buyers or sellers this time next week in the final hours before the NHL's trade deadline. Wins in both games, depending on how Toronto fares at home against the red-hot Devils on Tuesday, could bring the ...
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