The Penguins open the shortened NHL season this afternoon in opposition to the Philadelphia Flyers. It’s the 8th time of their historical past that the 2 face one another of their opener, and the primary time since 2013.
New Penguins Colton Sceviour, Mark Jankowski, Cody Ceci, and Mike Matheson will make their debuts, however the Pens’ largest offseason acquisition, Kasperi Kapanen, stays in covid quarantine and won’t be within the lineup.
Sidney Crosby has had a quiet coaching camp, however the Flyers all the time carry out one of the best within the Penguins captain, who leads all energetic gamers in factors in opposition to Philadelphia, with 105. Crosby additionally has essentially the most objectives of any energetic gamers in opposition to the Flyers, 43. Evgeni Malkin is second amongst energetic gamers in factors in opposition to Philly, with 73, and he’s third in objectives, with 28.
Coach Mike Sullivan says the group is able to play, regardless of there being no preseason tuneup video games.
Sullivan is trying ahead to watching Malkin play, injury-free and coming off a giant comeback season.
Malkin is gearing up for a run at yet one more Stanley Cup for the Penguins core group of him, Sidney Crosby, and Kris Letang.
Brandon Tanev might be on one of many third-line wings with Jared McCann and heart Mark Jankowski. He says the Pens are anxious to start out mixing it up.
Underneath the NHL’s new format for this season, the Penguins will play solely their seven divison opponents within the common season, and there might be loads of two –sport “collection” comparable to their opening two video games in Philadelphia. The 2 groups will sq. off once more on Friday.
Right this moment’s airtime for Penguins hockey is 4:30, with faceoff at 5:30 on 92.5 FM U92 and the U92 Sportschannel at U92radio.com.
Different video games on the season’s opening evening embrace the Montreal Canadiens visiting the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Chicago Blackhawks at defending Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay, Vancouver touring to Edmonton, and the St. Louis Blues on the Colorado Avalanche.