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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel during a game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel during a game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel during a game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

Michael Miller

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Pittsburgh Penguins forward Phil Kessel during a game against the New York Islanders, Saturday, March 3, 2018, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA.

Tyler Schultz, Deputy Sports Editor

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After the Penguins finished up their regular season, the 5X time Stanley Cup Champions will start the motor up once again to get through a battle and that will take them through a series of rounds to hoist Lord Stanley’s Cup. But you have to take it one series at a time, and the New York Islanders will be the Penguins’ first opponent in Round 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 p.m. in New York.

The Penguins finished this year with a record of 44 wins 26 losses and 12 overtime losses and finished in third place in the Metropolitan Division with 100 points.

The Islanders finished this year with a record of 48 wins, 27 losses and seven overtime losses and finished in second place in the Metropolitan Division with 103 points.

The Islanders will be facing the Penguins for the first time since 2013 in which the Penguins defeated the New York Islanders in six games.

The Penguins will be facing the New York Islanders for the first time in the playoffs since 2013 in which the Penguins defeated them in six games.

The Penguins and Islanders each split their regular season series in which the Islanders won in Pittsburgh on Oct. 30 by the score of 6-3, and New York won in a shootout by the score of 3-2. The Penguins rebounded in Pittsburgh on Dec. 6 and won by the score of 6-2 and also won in a  shootout in New York by the score of 2-1 on Dec. 10.

If Wednesday night is anything like 2013’s playoffs, it should be an entertaining game in New York as the Penguins look to start the series right and capture their sixth STANLEY CUP in franchise history.

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