The Pittsburgh Penguins take to the ice tonight for the first time since they skated off with Lord Stanley. It's time to play hockey already.
Behind the jump we'll take a look at the expected lineups for Pittsburgh and Columbus tonight.
All info from the outstanding Jonathan Bombulie's twitter.
Columbus' expected forwards:
Blunden, Boll, Brassard, Dorsett, Filatov, Murray, Sestito, Mayorov, Umberger, Vermette, Voracek
Defense: Clitsome, Lynch, Methot, Moore, Roy, Russel
Goalies: LaCosta and Garon
--Big chance for one Eric Tangradi. He hasn't skated with Sidney Crosby much in practice but no doubt this is the best type of audition one could hope for.
--A lot of faith in the play of young Simon Despres and Robert Bortuzzo as well. I think the Pens are interested to see what they've got in both defensemen.
--Eric Godard's back in the bodyguard role, thankfully-- expect Jared Boll and/or former Penguin property Tim Sestito to look to drop the gloves at some point.
--The whole 3rd line is in the mix for the big group of players all competiting for that 12th or 13th roster spot, it'll be worth watching to see if any of them standout.
--Joe Vitale and Zach Sill also with a big opportunity to get in the first game, both have generated a positive buzz in the early stages of camp, let's see what happens in game situations.
--Ruslan Fedotenko takes the spot Matt Cooke has been practicing on, I think Dan Byslma is playing a lot of different combinations to breed fimiliarity amongst his forwards. Ever since he took ever the lines have been pretty standardized so it'll be interesting to see how he pulls at the strings getting combinations like this out there.
--Columbus is bringing a fairly unestablished lineup, no Rick Nash or Steve Mason but with Nikita Filatov, Antone Vermette and Derek Brassard they're still gonna have some NHL quality skill out there.
--How many times will it be mentioned RJ Umberger is playing in his hometown in the media reports?