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How to watch Penguins vs. Islanders first round NHL playoff series

The Pittsburgh Penguins and New York Islanders face off in the first round of the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs. We break down what to watch and how to watch on TV and via live online stream.

Pittsburgh Penguins Left Wing Jake Guentzel (59) skates with the puck during the third period in the NHL game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres on May 8, 2021, at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, PA. Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2021 NHL Playoffs have arrived and the road to the presentation of Lord Stanley’s Cup begins on May 15th when the Caps and Bruins open their series. The other two teams in the East Division, the No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins and No. 4 New York Islanders begin play the following day on Sunday the 16th. The puck drops for Game 1 at noon ET on NBC and the rest of the series plays out every other day.

The Penguins enter the Stanley Cup Playoffs having won 9 of their past 11 games. When you have Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Kris Letang, you’ve always got a good chance to make some noise in the postseason. This year is no different.

The Islanders are one of the tougher defensive teams in the NHL, allowing 2.23 goals per game (second in the League). The issue with the Isles is scoring and where will it come from? Mat Barzal is a stud center but the supporting cast, particularly on the power play, will need to step up big time to make a run.

Below is a full rundown of the Penguins-Islanders series and how to watch it. The NBC games are all available at and on the NBC Sports app.

All times are ET. *=if necessary

No. 4 New York Islanders win series 4-2 over No. 1 Pittsburgh Penguins

Game 1: Islanders 4, Penguins 3 (OT)
Game 2: Penguins 2, Islanders 1
Game 3: Penguins 5, Islanders 4
Game 4: Islanders 4, Penguins 1
Game 5: Islanders 3, Penguins 2
Game 6: Islanders 5, Penguins 3