Penguins to open Stanley Cup playoffs against Columbus
The Penguins will open the Stanley Cup playoffs against their newest regional rival.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, in their first season in the Eastern Conference, have drawn the second-seeded Penguins for a best-of-seven series in Round 1.
Although the NHL has not finalized playoff details, Games 1 and 2 tentatively are planned for Consol Energy Center on Wednesday and Friday nights. Tickets remain available.
The Penguins never have faced Columbus in a playoff series. The Blue Jackets are making only their second postseason appearance.
The Penguins are 10-2-1 against Columbus dating to captain Sidney Crosby's rookie season (2005-06), and they have won the past five games at Nationwide Arena, including three this season.
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