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Anders Lee checks the trade winds for this season's Islanders

Anders Lee of the Islanders shoots the puck for a third period goal against the Colorado Avalanche at NYCB Live's Nassau Coliseum on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020. Credit: Jim McIsaac

This playoff push, this pressure of either trying to maintain a postseason spot or force the team’s way into a berth is always the “fun” part of the season for Islanders captain Anders Lee.

Most players describe the stretch of games from February through the regular-season finale in April that way.

Except, nestled within this “fun” is the anxiety that always comes before the NHL’s trade deadline.