#1 Penguins take on #8 Islanders
The New York Islanders are facing the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The Isles come in as the #8 seed in the Eastern Conference, and the team finished the lockout shortened season with 55 points. The Penguins are the top seed in the East, and they enter the postseason after capturing 72 points.
Sidney Crosby will be out for at least game 1 of the series after breaking his jaw earlier this season in a game against the Islanders. Evgeni Malkin missed 17 games this season with a shoulder injury, but he played the last few games of the year and will no doubt be ready to go for the Penguins. The Islanders will be led by Hart Trophy candidate John Tavares, and goalie Evgeni Nabokov will have a tall order in trying to stop the team that led the league in offense.
Game 1 of the series begins Wednesday at 7:30 PM. Listen to WFUV Sports' Mike Watts and Kris Venezia preview the Penguins vs. Islanders series below.