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Game: New York Islanders at Pittsburgh Penguins, 7 p.m. ET, Oct. 25
2013 season series: 1-4-0
Headed into the 2013 NHL Playoffs, the Islanders were an afterthought. The No. 1-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins were Stanley Cup favorites for many pundits, and the Islanders were, well...there.
The Islanders shocked everyone when they pushed the series to six games.
An offseason has come and gone, and with a bolstered lineup this season, the Islanders will look to extract revenge against the Pens. Their first chance will come in Pittsburgh on Oct. 25.
Like any divisional matchups, this will be intense. The first meeting since last season's playoffs should be extra chippy out there, as both teams still have a bad taste in their mouth about the way they each exited the playoffs.
While no one wishes an injury on the netminder, the Isles can rest a little easier knowing that Tomas Vokoun will likely not be healthy for the game as he recovers from a having a blood clot removed, per CBS Sports' Brian Stubits. The 37-year-old Czech goaltender was responsible for three of the Islanders' four regular-season losses to the Pens and was 2-0 in the first-round playoff series.