Isles to face Penguins in Round 1

April, 28, 2013
4/28/13
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With Ottawa's win over Boston Sunday night, the Islanders finished as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, earning them the dreaded first-round match-up against the high-octane Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Penguins have dominated all season long, including significant stretches without their brightest stars, to finish top dogs in the East with 72 points. They've won eight of their last ten games heading into the postseason, even without an injured Sidney Crosby, though the superstar center began practicing again with the team this week.

Can the Isles pull off an upset, a la 1993?

It will be a tall task, no doubt.

The Penguins will enjoy home ice throughout, with Game 1 slated to open in Pittsburgh, likely on Wednesday.

The NHL playoff schedule is expected to be released late Sunday night.
Katie Strang covers the NHL for ESPN.com. She is a graduate of Michigan State University and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
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