Reporting Ross Guidotti
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A few months ago. there was some uncertainty as to whether there would even be an NHL season. Now, fans and players are gearing up for the playoffs.
Tonight, the Pittsburgh Penguins will open up their opening round series against the New York Islanders at 7:30 p.m.
So far this season, the Pens are 4-1 against the Islanders. In their first meeting of the year, the Islanders outplayed the Penguins and won 4-1.
The Penguins then went on to win the next four.
However, the Penguins are 0-3 against Islanders in the playoffs in franchise history with the most recent meeting coming in 1993.
Sidney Crosby continues to recover from a broken jaw and his status for Game 1 is unknown.
On Tuesday, Crosby said he’s ready, but it’s up to the team doctor when he returns to the lineup.
“As soon as he says the word. I’m not too worried about – as long as he feels confident that I can take a hit, I’ll be confident as well and I’m not going to take any more time. If he says I can play, I’m going to play,” Crosby said. “I’ll wear anything to play. If it’s a football helmet or whatever it takes.”
Before the game, you can show your black and gold pride.
There will be a rally at the Allegheny County Courthouse courtyard at noon. It will feature some giveaways and a visit by Iceburgh.
The Penguins will also have the big screen set up across the street from CONSOL Energy Center for every game of the first round.
Fans can start arriving at the big screen four hours before home games and two hours before road games.
If you don’t have tickets or can’t make it out to the big screen, you can watch tonight’s game on Root Sports.