Happy new Penguins season!
The news are better on the Malkin front, as he'll almost surely be in the lineup, barring any unexpected setbacks. Olli Maatta is also ready to go, per coach Mike Johnston, so that will make for a joyous home opener.
Patric Hornqvist was the last pick of the 2005 draft, and he looks to get a chance to play with the first. As Dupuis shifts to the Sutter-Malkin line, Hornqvist is likely to start with Crosby. Count me officially not in love with this idea.
Malkin doesn't mind being shifted to the right wing. Here's what we can expect from some of these line shifts.
Final roster moves unfolded as expected, as Sill, Ebbett and Chorney were recalled from Wheeling, Kapaned was reassigned to his Finnish team KalPa, and Beau Bennett was placed on the IR to start the season.
Penguins CEO David Morehouse sounds confident that the moves made in the front office were the right ones.
He's grown up before our eyes. Sid the Kid starts his 10th season in the NHL. Here's to ten more, Sid.
With the departure of Brroks Orpik, Marc-Andre Fleury is now the longest-tenured Penguin. Will this be his last season in Pittsburgh? I hope not, but that is almost entirely up to him.
Could people planning to trade Paul Martin be terribly wrong? Here's a point-counterpoint article exploring exactly that.
Has the Stanley Cup window closed for the Penguins? I don't think so, there's still time for this generation to get back to true greatness.
The season opener in Toronto started well for the Leafs, but the Canadiens turned a sloppy start into a win. They are going to be dangerous this year. Pacioretty scored this beauty of a goal, sneaking up short side on Bernier.
The Flyers lost to the Bruins in the final minutes. Patrice Bergeron dominated Hart finalist Claude Giroux, posting a whopping 78.6% Corsi last night. Giroux finished with 1 shot, 3 giveaways and went 4-for-41 on faceoffs. Ouch.
The Kings raised the banner and promptly got shut out by the San Jose Sharks, 4-0. That was the first shutout of the defending Cup champions in a season opener since 1941.
One really cool new thing the NHL is doing this year are the cameras in refs' helmets, which show us the ice-level view of things.
Our tonight's opponent, the Anaheim Ducks, have a new look and new expectations.
If you guys are planning to head to Consol in the near future, here's what's new in Penguins food. What is this thing Phil Bourque is eating?
It's a great day for hockey! Go Pens.