Preview and Prediction for Penguins vs. Islanders Playoff Matchup

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Preview and Prediction for Penguins vs. Islanders Playoff Matchup
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The Pittsburgh Penguins had an extraordinary regular season and enter the 2013 NHL playoffs as the favorites to win the Prince of Wales Trophy as Eastern Conference champions.

Pittsburgh's opponent in Round 1 is the New York Islanders, who are making their first postseason appearance since the 2006-07 season. The Penguins won the season series, 4-1, and outscored the Islanders 17-9.

As the top seed in the playoffs and a team that dominated its competition throughout the regular season, Pittsburgh will be under immense pressure to reach the Stanley Cup Final. That journey will start on Wednesday when they host the Islanders in Game 1 of the first round at the Consol Energy Center.

Let's look at a complete preview of this Penguins versus Islanders first-round matchup, including players to watch, key storylines, player breakdowns and a series prediction.

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