And it starts. The Pittsburgh Penguins’ try to reclaim the Stanley Cup starts with Game 1 of the 82-game 2022-23 NHL season. Many COVID restrictions have eased, and for the primary time since 2019, the season will have to be uninterrupted and as shut to “normal” as the arena will permit. The Penguins host the Arizona Coyotes Thursday at PPG Paints Arena.
The puck drops simply after 7 p.m., and Sidney Crosby will make group historical past along with his 18th season. He will surpass Mario Lemieux for many seasons with the Penguins. Lemieux performed in 17 campaigns.
And defenseman P.O Joseph will most probably make his first opening night time get started in his fourth skilled season.
The Penguins are turning the web page from their gutwrenching first-round loss to the New York Rangers, during which the Penguins misplaced a 3-1 collection lead. The Penguins stored their core with Kris Letang, Evgeni Malkin, and Sidney Crosby. They additionally re-signed Rickard Rakell, bought on the 2022 NHL business time limit, and Bryan Rust.
Several new faces will make their first look Thursday night time. Josh Archibald will slot onto the fourth line. Doctors have now not but cleared Teddy Blueger for touch, so Ryan Poehling will probably be the fourth-line middle for a short while.
Jeff Petry and Jan Rutta are the novices at the blue line.
All stats are 0, so Sidney Crosby isn’t but the Penguins’ main scorer. The Coyotes lineup will have to compete within the Conor Bedard sweepstakes.
Expected Pittsburgh Penguins Lines:
|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|
|P.O Joseph||Jan Rutta|
Expected Coyotes Lines, Per PuckPedia
Clayton Keller – Travis Boyd – Nick Schmaltz
Nick Ritchie – Barrett Hayton – Lawson Crouse
Matias Macelli – Nick Bjugstad – Zack Kassian
Liam O’Brien – Jack McBain – Christian Fischer
Patrik Nemeth – Shayne Gostisbehere
Troy Stecher – Conor Timmins
|TEAM||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
Pittsburgh Penguins Game Notes
*The Penguins have gained 8 consecutive video games opposed to Arizona and feature issues in each and every of the final 11 video games (10-0-1) relationship again to Feb. 29, 2016
*The Penguins gained each video games opposed to Arizona final season and outscored them 10-4.
*In 2021-22, the Penguins had been 18-9-5 opposed to Western Conference combatants.
*The Penguins are 29-15-10 in house openers and 6-2-1 of their final 10.
*By enjoying within the sport, Sidney Crosby will surpass hall-of-famer Mario Lemieux for many seasons performed with the membership (18).
*Only 16 avid gamers in NHL historical past have performed their whole occupation (spanning 18 or extra seasons) with one group. Crosby and Alex Ovechkin will change into the seventeenth and 18th avid gamers.
*Among goaltenders with no less than 50 video games performed, Tristan Jarry’s .915 save proportion and a pair of.57 goals-against reasonable ranks first in Penguins’ historical past. He ranks within the best 5 in Penguins historical past in wins (fifth) and shutouts (third) and holds the franchise file for the longest shutout streak at 177:quarter-hour
*The Penguins have made the playoffs in 16 consecutive seasons.
How to Watch:
TV: AT&T SportsNet
Radio: 105.9 The X.
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