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Game Preview: Round 1, Game 4 at NYI

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

RD 1 GM 4 | MAY 22 | 3:00 PM ET | NASSAU VETERANS MEMORIAL COLISEUM

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PIT: 2 - 1

NYI: 1 - 1

 

GAME PREVIEW

The Penguins and New York Islanders play Game 4 of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at Nassau Coliseum. The Penguins went 6-2-0 against the Islanders in 2020-21. This year marks the first time in franchise history the Penguins won six games against the Islanders in a single season. Pittsburgh went 2-2-0 at the Coliseum in 2020-21. Going back further, the Penguins have points in nine of their last 13 regular-season visits to the Islanders home rink (7-4-2) dating back to Apr. 2, 2016.

 

QUICK HITS

Pittsburgh is 9-3 all-time in playoff series under head coach Mike Sullivan. His nine playoff series victories are the most in franchise history, and his 41 playoff wins are two shy of tying Dan Bylsma's team record (43).

The Penguins have an all-time series record of 18-7 in best-of-seven playoff series when entering Game 4 with a 2-1 series lead. In those series where Pittsburgh has home-ice advantage, they are 13-5.

Pittsburgh's penalty kill is 23-for-24 (95.8%) over its last nine playoff games dating back to the 2019 postseason. This year, the Penguins penalty kill is 6-for-7 (85.7%).

Jason Zucker has three goals in seven playoff games since joining Pittsburgh. Since the beginning of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, his three goals are tied with Sidney Crosby and Jeff Carter for most on Pittsburgh.

The Penguins have 11 players on their postseason roster looking to make their NHL playoff debut - forwards Anthony Angello, Kasper Bjorkqvist, Drew O'Connor, Radim Zohorna, defensemen Mark Friedman, P.O Joseph and Juuso Riikola, and goaltenders Casey DeSmith, Alex D'Orio, Maxime Lagace and Emil Larmi.

 

CATCHING LE MAGNIFIQUE

After picking up two assists on Thursday in Game 4, alternate captain Evgeni Malkin enters today's game just one point shy of tying Penguins' hall-of-fame owner Mario Lemieux for the second-most playoff points in franchise history.

 

PLAYER INTERVIEW

Video: Zach Aston-Reese talks to reporters after practice.

 

PENGUINS PARTNER TRIGGER PROMOTIONS

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