Pittsburgh Penguins
38-16-4
-105
-115
New York Islanders
33-18-7
Thu, May 20 - 7:00p ET   |   NBCS   |   Nassau Coliseum
By Landon Smith

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders NHL East Division Semifinals Game 3 Preview and Free Picks

Pittsburgh Penguins Will Try to Get a Win When Meet New York Islanders from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York - NHL Hockey Match Preview and Prediction Game on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Preview, Prediction and Picks

Absorbing the ire of 14,000 Pittsburgh Penguins fans, the previous two games have provided some pre-pandemic normalcy for the New York Islanders. Islanders now have one more chance to experience one of the most unique sporting benefits of skating at home.

The Islanders are set to begin their final playoff series at the Nassau Coliseum on Thursday night, when New York City host the Penguins in Game 3 of an Eastern Conference first-round series in Uniondale, New York. .

The East Division winners, the Penguins tied the series in one game every Tuesday night, when Bryan Rust and Jeff Carter scored in the first period and Tristan Jarry made 37 saves in a 2-1 victory.

The game ended with a power play opportunity for the Islanders, who shot goalie Semyon Varlamov about 13 seconds before Rust was asked to close his hand on the puck. But New York has only had one hit against Jarry, as the roaring, towel-waving crowd of 9,344 - double the capacity allowed for Game 1 - generated the kind of buzz missing in the arenas since March 2020.

A crowd of around 7,200 is expected - just over 50% of Nassau Coliseum's usual capacity of 13,813 - for what will effectively be the start of the Islanders' final second round at the cozy and loud Colosseum, which was dubbed. "Fort Neverlose". "when the franchise won four consecutive Stanley Cups in the early 1980s.

The Coliseum originally closed after a seven-game first-round loss to the Washington Capitals of Trotz in the spring of 2015. But New York only lasted three full seasons at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn before construction began. the Nassau / Queens border.

The Islanders split the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons between Barclays Center and Nassau Coliseum before returning to the Coliseum full-time this season. They are expected to move to UBS Arena in October.

Any hope of extending the final playoff series beyond a single round likely rests with the Islanders, who finished fourth in the East Division, who got off to a quicker start than Pittsburgh. When Kyle Palmieri scored the first goal of the series in the opening period of Game 1 on Sunday, New York was outscored 26-21 and trailed 2-1 after two periods before returning to the third period and claiming a 4 win. - 3 when Palmieri scored with 3h30 left in extra time.

On Tuesday, the Islanders were outscored 19-13 in the first period and never won the ice against the Penguins.

Josh Bailey scored in the second period on Tuesday for the Islanders, who have accumulated just four first-period goals in their last seven games since May 3.

Penguins center Evgeni Malkin, who missed the first two games with an undisclosed injury, is expected to travel to New York. Malkin has played the last four games of the Pittsburgh regular season after missing the previous 23 games with a lower body injury.

 

WINNER: New York Islanders @ -115

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By Landon Smith, on 7:00p ET