Pittsburgh Penguins
39-17-5
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New York Islanders
35-19-7
Wed, May 26 - 6:30p ET   |   NBCS   |   Nassau Coliseum
By Landon Smith

Pittsburgh Penguins vs New York Islanders NHL East Division Semifinals Game 6 Preview and Picks

Pittsburgh Penguins Will Try to Get a Win When Meet New York Islanders from Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Uniondale, New York - NHL East Division Semifinals Game 6 Match Preview and Prediction Game on Wednesday, May 26, 2021.

Preview, Prediction and Picks

Barry Trotz was on the visitor's bench for Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals in 2015, when the New York Islanders avoided elimination and closure of the Nassau Coliseum by defeating the Washington Capitals of Trotz.

Just over six years later, Trotz will have a chance to find out what it's like to have that kind of noise to support his team as the Islanders look to finish off the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals on Wednesday. night. . They'll also try to secure at least one more playoff series at the Uniondale, New York building, which has been restarted more frequently than a 1980s TV show.

The Islanders were positioned to close out the series on Monday when Josh Bailey scored 51 seconds after the second overtime to lead visiting New York to a 3-2 victory and a 3-2 series lead.

But Trotz knows the Islanders will need to play better Wednesday to secure a playoff series at the Coliseum, which they will leave, this time for good, for UBS Arena on the Nassau / Queens border this fall for the first time. since 1993, when they closed a Patrick Division semifinal with a Game 6 win over the Capitals.

The Islanders are expected to welcome about 9,000 spectators Wednesday, an increase of 2,200 over the number allowed for Games 3 and 4.

New York ended a quarterfinal streak at Brooklyn's Barclays Center in the franchise's first season there in the spring of 2016, when John Tavares scored in double overtime in Game 6 to eliminate the Florida Panthers.

The Islanders never led in Monday's deal, during which they were outscored 41-20 and went through a 30-minute span that spanned the second and third, getting only five shots. But Jordan Eberle hit New York's first shot from the third count when he scored a Penguins outing at 8:50.

Another loss led to Bailey's game winner, who he picked up after landing an errant punt from Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry, who said Tuesday he wasn't worried about a postponement Wednesday.

Despite the loss that brought them to the brink of elimination, the Penguins expressed confidence in how they fared Monday following a 4-1 head-to-head loss in Game 4 on Saturday, when Bailey took 8:07 scored in the second to give. . the islanders a track they would never abandon.

Outside of Game 4, the Penguins fell behind just 31 seconds in the series.

Islanders right winger Oliver Wahlstrom, who suffered what looked like an upper body injury when he was logged on the boards by Mike Matheson in the third period, was described as day-to-day by Trotz on Monday and was underwent tests on Tuesday.

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By Landon Smith, on 6:30p ET