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New York Islanders season preview

Updated: October 3, 2005, 1:13 PM ET
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THE BOTTOM LINE

By Scott Burnside, Special to ESPN.com

For a team that seemed ready to take a couple of steps forward after three straight playoff appearances, the Islanders appear to have lost ground to most of their Eastern Conference competitors, starting the 2005-06 season with more questions than answers.

Offense: With Michael Peca's departure Alexei Yashin will wear the captain's "C," sparking yet another round of debate over Yashin's focus, dedication and unrealized potential. ...

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