Pittsburgh Penguins vs. NY Islanders: 5 Keys for Pens to Win NHL Playoff Series

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. NY Islanders: 5 Keys for Pens to Win NHL Playoff Series
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Penguins superstars Chris Junitz, James Neal and Evgeni Malkin.

With the 2013 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs having finally arrived, the Pittsburgh Penguins are poised to capture hockey’s grandest prize. They’re favorites to go all the way, but they need to get past their first-round matchup with the New York Islanders first.

The Penguins were favored last year, too. Instead, their campaign was short-lived because of poor defense and goaltending. They were eliminated by the Philadelphia Flyers six games into the postseason.

General manager Ray Shero has made great moves to address the glaring weaknesses from the 2012 playoffs. Those additions will prove vital against the Islanders and beyond.

Let’s take a look at the Penguins’ five keys to besting the Islanders. 

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