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Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders Preview

Stanley Cup Playoffs: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders

PENGUINS BEGIN QUEST FOR 3RD CUP IN FOUR YEARS, FACE THE RESURGENT ISLANDERS

 

 

Penguins Keys To Victory

  • Capitalize on Power Play Opportunities
  • Protect 3rd Period Leads
  • Dictate Style of Play

Team Comparison

Forwards

 

Advantage: 

Defenseman

 

Advantage: 

 

Goaltending

 

Advantage: 

 

Special Teams

Power Play:

  • Penguins Rank #5th at 24.6%
  • Islanders Rank #29th at 14.5%

 

Penalty Kill:

  • Penguins Rank #19th at 79.7%
  • Islanders Rank #16th at 79.9%

 

Prediction

 

Penguins in 6

 


Series Information

Eastern Conference: 1st Round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs

#3 Pittsburgh Penguins (47-29-6 | 100 Points) vs #2 New York Islanders (48-27-7 | 103 Points)

Game 1: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Date: Wednesday, April 10th

Venue: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY.

Game Time: 7:30 pm

TV:  AT&T SportsNet, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS   Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

 

Game 2: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders

Date: Friday, April 12th

Venue: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY.

Game Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: AT&T SportsNet, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS  | Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

 

Game 3: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders

Date: Sunday, April 14th

Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.

Game Time: 12:00 p.m.

TV: NBC, CBC, SN, TVAS  | Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

 

Game 4: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders

Date: Tuesday, April 16

Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.

Game Time: 7:30 p.m.

TV: AT&T SportsNet, NBCSN, CBC, TVAS  |  Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

 

Game 5: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders*

Date: Thursday, April 18th

Venue: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY.

Game Time: TBA

TV: NBC, Sportsnet, TVA Sports  | Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

 

Game 6: Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders*

Date: Saturday, April 20th

Venue: PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh, PA.

Game Time: TBA

TV: NBCSN and TVA Sports  | Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

 

Game 7: Pittsburgh Penguins at New York Islanders*

Date: Monday, April 22nd

Venue: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY.

Game Time: TBA

TV: NBCSN and TVA Sports  | Radio: 105.9 The X (Pittsburgh) / NBC Sports Radio and SiriusXM Radio

*If Necessary

 


A look at the Pittsburgh Penguins!

  • Head Coach: Mike Sullivan (4th Season with Penguins)
  • Overall Regular Season Record: 44-26-12 | 100 points / 3rd in Metropolitan Division.
  • Stanley Cup Champions: (5) 1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017
  • 2018-19 Pittsburgh Penguins Roster

 

Scouting the Penguins

Projected Line-Up (if all healthy)

Forwards

  • 1st Line: Jamie McCann – Sidney Crosby – Jake Guentzel
  • 2nd Line: Bryan Rust – Evgeni Malkin – Phil Kessel
  • 3rd Line: Dominic Simon – Nick Bjugstad  – Patric Hornqvist
  • 4th Line: Teddy Blueger – Matt Cullen – Garret Wilson

Defense

  • 1st Pairing: Brian Dumoulin – Kris Letang
  • 2nd Pairing: Jack Johnson – Justin Schultz
  • 3rd Pairing: Marcus Pettersson – Eric Gudbranson

Scratches: Olli Maatta, Chad Ruhweedle, Zach Trotman, Zach Aston-Reese

Goalies

  • Starter: Matt Murray
  • Back-up: Casey DeSmith

Power Play

  • Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Evgeni Malkin – Kris Letang – Phil Kessel

 

Regular Season Stats

 

A look at the New York Islanders!

  • Head Coach: Barry Trotz (1st Season with Islanders)
  • Overall Regular Season Record: 48-27-7 | 103 Points / 2nd in Metropolitan Division.
  • Stanley Cup Champions: (4) 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • 2018-19 New York Islanders Roster

 

Scouting the Islanders

Projected Line-Up (if all healthy)

Forwards

  • 1st Line: Anders Lee – Mathew Barzal – Jordan Eberle
  • 2nd Line: Josh Bailey – Brock Nelson – Tom Kuhnhackl
  • 3rd Line: Anthony Beauvilliar – Valtteri Filppula – Leo Komarov
  • 4th Line: Matt Martin – Casey Cizikas – Cal Clutterbuck

Defense

  • 1st Pairing: Adam Pelech – Ryan Pulock
  • 2nd Pairing: Nick Leddy – Johnny Boychuk
  • 3rd Pairing: Scott Mayfield – Devon Toews

Scratches:

Goalies

  • Starter: Robin Lehner
  • Back-up: Thomas Griess

Power Play

  • Anders Lee – Brock Nelson – Josh Bailey – Devon Toews – Jordan Eberle

Regular Season Stats

 


Penguins-Islanders Playoff History

  • Playoff Series History: This will mark the 5th meeting between the franchises in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
  • The Penguins are 1-3 vs the Islanders in the playoffs.
    • 2013: The Penguins won in 6 games.
    • 1993: The Isles won in 7 games.
    • 1982: The Isles won in 5 games.
    • 1975: The Isles won and won in 7 games.
  • The Penguins have won the Stanley Cup 5 times. (1991, 1992, 2009, 2016, 2017)
  • The Islanders have have won the Stanley Cup 4 times. (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983)

 

Series Notes


NHL Playoff Bracket

Series Predictions

Western Conference

Calgary over Colorado in 5

San Jose over Vegas in 7

Nashville over Dallas in 6

St. Louis over Winnipeg in 7

 

Eastern Conference

Tampa Bay over Columbus in 6

Boston over Toronto in 6

Washington over Carolina in 6

Pittsburgh over NY Islanders in 6

 

 

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