The Penguins and New York Islanders play Game 5 of Round One of the Stanley Cup Playoffs at PPG Paints Arena. 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 is 32-28 all-time at PPG Paints Arena in playoff contests.
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 15-9 in best-of-seven playoff series when entering Game 5 tied 2-2 in the series. In those series where Pittsburgh has home-ice advantage, they are 8-5.
The Penguins are 19-9 all-time under head coach Mike Sullivan in the playoffs following a loss (7-1 in 2016; 7-2 in 2017; 3-2 in 2018; 0-3 in 2019; 1-1 in 2020; 1-0 in 2021).
With his first career playoff goal in Game 4, Zach Aston-Reese registered the Penguins' first shorthanded goal in the playoffs since April 29, 2017 when Matt Cullen tallied a shorty in Game 2 of Round Two at Washington.
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.
PRODUCING IN PITTSBURGH
Trade deadline acquisition Jeff Carter has fit in seamlessly with Pittsburgh since joining the team. He's picked up 12 goals, three assists, 15 points and is plus-8 in the 18 games he's played (regular season and playoffs) since being acquired, helping the Penguins to a 12-5-1 record over that span. His 12 goals since April 15th are second-most in the NHL.
LETANG SURPASSES JAGR
When defenseman Kris Letang steps onto the ice tonight, he'll be appearing in his 141st game with Pittsburgh, surpassing Jaromir Jagr for sole possession of the third-most playoff games played in franchise history.