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Friday, April 26, 2013
Isles pick up point, move into sixth

By Katie Strang

The Islanders finished the regular season by picking up a point in Friday's 2-1 shootout loss to Buffalo, allowing them to climb from eighth place to sixth with both the Senators and Rangers idle.

Both the Senators and Rangers play Saturday, however, so the jump may well be temporary. Ottawa actually has two games remaining while the Rangers finish up against the Devils at Madison Square Garden.

The Islanders can still finish as high as sixth and as low as eighth, the latter of which would mean a first-round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins. A regulation loss against Buffalo would've locked them into the 1 vs. 8 matchup.

The Islanders' first-round opponent is still undetermined, but they appear to have a more immediate concern anyway: The team has dropped three straight games. So there may be a few things Jack Capuano and Co. want to tidy up in their own play before drafting a scouting report on their foe.