The Pittsburgh Penguins will begin their chase for the 2021 Stanley Cup on Sunday at noon. After some delay, the NHL released the schedule late Thursday morning.
The Penguins will host the New York Islanders in the best-of-seven game series. The Penguins are the top seed in the MassMutual East Division, and the Islanders slid into the playoffs as the East Division fourth seed.
The Penguins finished their season with a 1-0 victory over the Buffalo Sabres and received help when the Philadelphia Flyers took the Washington Capitals to overtime later that night. The Penguins clinched the East Division and celebrated by receiving their second COVID vaccination shots on Saturday evening.
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The Penguins opening round playoff schedule is as follows:
GAME 1 Sunday, May 16, 2021 12:00 PM vs. New York Islanders
GAME 2 Tuesday, May 18, 2021 7:30 PM vs. New York Islanders
GAME 3 Thursday, May 20, 2021 7:00 PM at New York Islanders
GAME 4 Saturday, May 22, 2021 3:00 PM at New York Islanders
GAME 5 Monday, May 24, 2021 TBD vs. New York Islanders *
GAME 6 Wednesday, May 26, 2021 TBD at New York Islanders *
GAME 7 Friday, May 28, 2021 TBD vs. New York Islanders *
- If necessary
Starting with Game 2, home games in Round One at PPG Paints Arena will be operating at 50% capacity under the new COVID-19 guidelines that go into effect on May 17th. Tickets to home games 2 and 5 go on sale Friday at 10:00 AM.
Fans are also encouraged to review the ‘Know Before You Go‘ checklist available on the team’s website before attending a game
Additional Notes from the team release:
The Penguins will wear their “Pittsburgh Gold” jerseys for home playoff games, and all fans in attendance will receive a gold rally towel.
All Penguins season ticket holders will be receiving “Paint the Town Gold” masks in the mail, courtesy of PPG. Fans can also pick up complimentary “Paint the Town Gold” t-shirts at local PPG retail locations, while supplies last.
Penguins playoff yard signs are also available for free at area DICK’S Sporting Goods locations, on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.