Penguins vs. Islanders: 2021 NHL 1st Round Preview

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Penguins vs. Islanders: 2021 NHL 1st Round Preview

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2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs 1st Round: Pittsburgh Penguins vs. New York Islanders

Series Start Times for All Seven Games:

Game 1-Sunday, May 16, 2021 (12:00 P.M. EDT/9:00 A.M. PDT on NBC)

Game 2-Tuesday, May 18, 2021 (7:30 P.M. EDT/4:30 P.M. PDT on NBC Sports Network)

Game 3-Thursday, May 20, 2021 (7:00 P.M. EDT/4:00 P.M. PDT on NBC Sports Network)

Game 4-Saturday, May 22, 2021 (3:00 P.M. EDT/12:00 P.M. PDT on NBC)

*Game 5-Monday, May 24, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

*Game 6-Wednesday, May 26, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

Do or Die Game 7-Friday, May 28, 2021 (TBA and If Necessary)

Series Location: PPG Paints Arena-Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Games 1, 2, 5, 7) & Nassau Coliseum-Long Island, New York (Games 3, 4, 6)

2020-2021 Regular Season Series: Penguins Won the Regular Season Series vs. Islanders 6-2

Most Recent Playoff Meeting: 2019 East Quarterfinals (NYI Won 4-0)

Pittsburgh Penguins (37-16-3)-#1 Seed in the East

  • 15th Straight Playoff Appearance Dating Back to 2007 (Longest Active Streak in All 4 Professionals Sports)
  • 6th Postseason Meeting vs. Islanders (3rd Since 2010)
  • Penguins are 12-17 All-Time vs. Islanders in the Playoffs
  • Has Not won a Postseason Series Since 2018 East Quarterfinals vs. Flyers
  • Looking for 1st Eastern Conference Finals Appearance Since 2017
  • Has Not Won a Stanley Cup Since Winning Back-to-Back in 2016 & 2017

New York Islanders (32-17-7)-#4 Seed in the East

  • Three Consecutive Playoff Appearances for the 1st Time Since 2002-2004
  • 6th Postseason Meeting vs. Pittsburgh (1975, 1982, 1993, 2013, 2019, 2021)
  • Islanders Lead the All-Time Playoff Series vs. Penguins 17-12
  • Looking for 1st Stanley Cup Appearance Since 1984
  • Has Not Won the Stanley Cup Since 1983
  • 6th Playoff Appearance Since 2010

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Top Players to Watch in Penguins vs. Islanders Series (2020-2021 Regular Season Statistics)

Pittsburgh Penguins

  • G Tristian Jarry: 25-9-3 Record, 0.909 Save %, 2.75 G.A.A.
  • C Sidney Crosby: 24 Goals & 38 Assists (62 Points)
  • LW Jake Guentzel: 23 Goals & 34 Assists (57 Points)
  • RW Bryan Rust: 22 Goals & 20 Assists (42 Points)
  • C Evgeni Malkin: 8 Goals & 20 Assists (28 Points)

New York Islanders

  • G Semyon Varlamov: 19-11-4 Record, 0.929 Save %, 2.04 G.A.A.
  • LW Josh Bailey: 8 Goals & 27 Assists (35 Points)
  • RW Jordan Eberle: 16 Goals & 17 Assists (33 Points)
  • C Brock Nelson: 18 Goals & 15 Assists (33 Points)
  • C Mathew Barzal: 17 Goals & 28 Assists (45 Points)

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