Who: Arizona Coyotes (0-0-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0)
When: 7:00 p.m. Eastern
How to Watch: AT&T Sportsnet in Pittsburgh, ESPN+ somewhere else (Bally Sports Arizona for the away broadcast)
Opponent Track: It’s the primary recreation of the season for Arizona as smartly, who open issues up with a six recreation highway commute. They’ll be in Boston on Saturday for his or her subsequent recreation.
Pens Path Ahead: Below is the staff’s agenda for the month of October. The Pens get started with 3 of the primary 4 video games at house, together with the following recreation bobbing up on Saturday evening towards Tampa. Then issues exchange after Saturday with 14 of the next 18 video games for the Pens to be performed at the highway. They will even knock out a Western swing early within the season on the finish of the month.
Season Series: The Pens make their commute to the certain to be fascinating and perhaps embarrassing new house of the Coyotes on January eighth to entire the 2-recreation out-of-convention sequence between PIT and AZ this season.
Getting to know the Coyotes
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Clayton Keller – Travis Boyd – Nick Schmaltz
Zack Kassian – Barrett Hayton – Lawson Crouse
Nick Ritchie – Jack McBain – Christian Fischer
Liam O’Brien – Nick Bjugstad – Dylan Guenther
Shayne Gostisbehere / Dysin Mayo
JJ Moser / Conor Timmins
Patrik Nemeth / Troy Stecher
Goalies: Karel Vejmelka (Connor Ingram)
Scratches: Matias Maccelli, Juuso Valimaki, Josh Brown
IR: Andrew Ladd, Jacob Chychrun, Bryan Little (unofficially retired)
—Really don’t even know if those strains are correct, I suppose we’ll see! It would make sense if the newly received Valimaki (by means of waivers) will get within the lineup, most likely at Nemeth’s expense.
—Tonight will have to mark the NHL debut for 19-yr outdated Dylan Guenther. The 2021 No. 9 total select has made the roster for a 9 recreation audition earlier than deciding if they would like to stay him for the whole season and use the primary yr of his access stage contract, or ship him again to juniors for the remainder of the yr.
—This staff has two Conor/Connors on it already, and via the appearance of items they’ll be gunning to upload some other Connor to the group subsequent season.
—Nice to see former Penguin Nick Bjugstad stick round within the league for some other season. Bjugstad recorded seven objectives and 13 issues final season in 57 video games with Minnesota.
—Clayton Keller is predicted to play his first recreation after fracturing his leg on March thirtieth.
Goalie center of attention
It’s the second one season within the NHL and with the Coyotes for Karel Vejmelka. As you’ll see above, Vejmelka fills up a large number of the online simply naturally, coming in at 6’4” and a hefty 224 kilos. Vejmelka, a 2015 5th spherical select of Nashville went unsigned via the Preds joined Arizona as a unfastened agent in 2021. All issues regarded as, he had an OK rookie season as the number 1 goalie on a foul staff in 2021-22. Vejmelka seemed in 52 video games for the Coyotes with a 13-32-3 report, including one shutout, a three.68 GAA and a .898 save%.
At instances the Czech local carried out smartly – corresponding to within the month of March when he posted a 4-5-1 report and a cast a .921 save% within the month. At different instances, Vejmelka was once obviously in over his head and not able to lend a hand his over-matched staff. One such evening was once on January twenty fifth towards Pittsburgh. Vejmelka gave up six objectives on 36 pictures and was once at the trade finish of a 6-3 loss, which is his simplest recreation towards the Penguins to date.
Vejmelka additionally catches with the “wrong” hand (proper), which most likely will throw the Pens off seeing this kind of goalie for the primary time shortly. Then once more, perhaps the catching hand of the goalie being at the reverse aspect gained’t subject.
Arizona’s different goalie, 25-yr outdated Connor Ingram, was once simply claimed via the Coyotes on waivers and has all of 3 NHL video games underneath his belt.
And now for the Pens…
Jake Guentzel – Sidney Crosby – Rickard Rakell
Jason Zucker – Evgeni Malkin – Bryan Rust
Danton Heinen – Jeff Carter – Kasperi Kapanen
Brock McGinn – Ryan Poehling – Josh Archibald
Brian Dumoulin / Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson / Jeff Petry
Pierre-Olivier Joseph / Jan Rutta
Goalies: Tristan Jarry (Casey DeSmith)
Scratches: Teddy Blueger (day-to-day harm), Chad Ruhwedel
—Blueger was once in a no-touch jersey the previous day at Pens pracitce and doesn’t glance a long way clear of enjoying, nevertheless it most probably isn’t going to be in time for opening evening this night. Blueger known as his lingering minor harm “frustrating” the previous day and admitted he doesn’t in point of fact know simply when he’ll be in a position to go back.
—Meanwhile it was once P.O. Joseph skating in drills just about for the primary time ever with Rutta in what seems to be the brand new 3rd pair to get started the season, regardless of now not even Joseph realizing precisely what lately (or the next day) may deliver for his present standing.
OK for amusing (or till it will get embarrassing to lose an excessive amount of cash) I’m going to be creating a $10 wager on each and every recreation and monitoring how it is going. In this recreation, getting excited for the opener I in reality made two bets on DraftKings:
- $5.00 on over 6.5 objectives within the recreation (+100, to pay $10.00)
- $5.00 on over 0.5 objectives in 0:00 – 9:59 of first length (-165, to pay $8.03)
6.5 objectives is prime, however the motion and praise is simply too excellent to go up with the mighty Pens going towards Arizona (Pittsburgh scored 10 general objectives in two video games vs. AZ final season). On the second one wager, I simply want both staff to rating within the first part of the primary length to money out.
Start ‘em up
Here’s the Pens’ historical past for season opening video games at PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh is 7-4-1 all-time on this construction in house openers.
Oct 13, 2022: ? vs Arizona
Oct 16, 2021: 4-2 win vs Chicago
Jan 17, 2021: 4-3 (SO) win vs Washington
Oct 3, 2019: 3-1 loss vs Buffalo
Oct 4, 2018: 7-6 win (OT) vs Washington
Oct 4, 2017: 5-4 (OT) loss vs St. Louis
Oct 13, 2016: 3-2 (SO) win vs Washington
Oct 13, 2015: 3-2 loss vs Montreal
Oct 9, 2014: 6-4 win vs Anaheim
Oct 3, 2013: 3-0 win vs New Jersey
Jan 23, 2013: 5-2 loss vs Toronto
Oct 11, 2011: 4-2 win vs Florida
Oct 7, 2010: 3-2 loss vs Philadelphia
After an extended summer time, a brand new season starts in Pittsburgh. For the fifty fifth time, the Pens will write a bankruptcy in their historical past within the NHL. Where this one finally ends up stays to be noticed, however the tale will start in earnest with the start coming lately.