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We look at past Penguins champions, Matt Murray is playing it cool, and Erik Gudbranson has been a welcomed surprise. All that and more in today’s Pens Points!

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The day has arrived. Starting tonight, the Penguins kick off their journey to try and win Lord Stanley’s Cup for a sixth time in franchise history. It will be an anxiety-inducing, blood pressure-raising, helluva fun time no matter how long the journey lasts. Before the puck drops for Game 1 tonight...

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Mike Sullivan shook up the defensive pairings again in yesterday’s practice. The team also recalled Tristan Jarry to cycle through as the team’s third goaltender in case of injury in the playoffs. [Pensburgh]

One of the best ways to approach a playoff series is to take a step back and look at it from the opposition’s perspective. Luckily in the SB Nation network, we have a great resource over at Lighthouse Hockey in our buddy Dom, one of the premiere voices in the Islanders’ community. [Pensburgh]

How exactly will the Penguins utilize personnel matchups, previous results, and other advanced data during this Round 1 clash with the Isles? [Pensburgh]

It’s well-known the Islanders play a very structured game, but what specifically can we expect from another Barry Trotz-coached team from a systems standpoint? [Pensburgh]

If the Penguins are to advance past the New York Islanders, they will have to solve the Jennings Trophy winning duo of Robin Lehner and Thomas Greiss. [Pensburgh]

How does this Penguins team compare to recent franchise champions? [Trib Live]

Ready to roll for his fourth postseason run, Matt Murray is ready to take on anything. [Trib Live]

Few players remain from the last team that took on the Islanders in the playoffs. [Trib Live]

The Penguins are still tweaking their power-play ahead of Game 1. [Trib Live]

Pens broadcaster Mike Lange will miss the beginning of the playoffs due to an unexpected reaction to pneumonia medication. [Trib Live]

Another woman is in need of a kidney. Can Penguins Nation pull through once again? [Post-Gazette]

Erik Gudbranson has been exactly what the Penguins needed on defense. [Post-Gazette]

History suggests it’s in the Pens’ best interests to do away with the Islanders as quickly as possible. [Post-Gazette]

Which one of the Isles’ top goaltenders will the Penguins see between the pipes? ‘It could be both...’ [Post-Gazette]

Take a look inside what has been ‘a challenging year’ for head coach Mike Sullivan. [Post-Gazette]

News and notes from around the NHL...

The New Jersey Devils have won the right to pick first overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. [All About The Jersey]

Who were the worst players at their position this year? [Pension Plan Puppets]

The NHL is looking at Sportlogiq to provide data for its puck-and-player tracking system. [SportTechie]