The Penguins and New York Islanders play Game 6 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.
Pittsburgh is 4-3 all-time under head coach Mike Sullivan when facing elimination in a playoff series.
The Penguins have an all-time series record of 7-8 in best-of-seven playoff series when entering Game 6 down, 3-2, in the series. In those series where Pittsburgh has home-ice advantage, they are 3-3.
The Penguins are 19-10 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; 1-1 in 2021).
Kris Letang recorded 37:20 minutes of time on ice in Game 5, the fourth highest mark of his career and most since setting a career-high 40:50 minutes on June 5, 2013 at Boston (Game 3, ECF). Letang also notched a career-high 10 hits which is tied for the fourth most in Penguins history. The last Pittsburgh skater with 10 hits was Scott Wilson in Game 2 of the 2017 Eastern Conference Final.
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.
Bryan Rust made a name for himself scoring huge goals during the 2016 and 2017 Stanley Cup Playoff runs when the stakes were highest. Since entering the league, Rust has scored 10 goals and added an assist in 20 career elimination games (games where Pittsburgh could clinch a series OR was facing elimination).