A few comments for notes not touched upon here, lest it slip through the August quietness.
MIKE. LANGE. NIGHT.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 5, 2019
...And other promotional items and theme nights too!
Full schedule: https://t.co/qlOyRSgd7w pic.twitter.com/QDEO3szKqy
Some pretty cool promo nights, highlighted by the Mike Lange bobblehead night. One thing I noticed is there’s nothing really for current players. Most years there’s usually a Sidney Crosby this or an Evgeni Malkin that or a Kris Letang thing, but other than Crosby appearing on the “growth chart” for the kids, nothing with individual players. Just the Lange bobblehead and a Jim Rutherford one.
Maybe this year is different to let things settle a bit, and you can’t do the same promotions every season, just an observation.
Sweet 16.— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) August 6, 2019
The Penguins will make 16 national TV appearances on NBC and NBCSN during the 2019.20 season.
Full details: https://t.co/WJluHpkyW8 pic.twitter.com/4QqbOfrVCz
As usual and expected, the Penguins will be one of the teams highlighted the most by the NHL and their national broadcast partners. From the team:
The Penguins’ first national television appearance will be on Wednesday, October 16 when Nathan MacKinnon and the Colorado Avalanche visit PPG Paints Arena at 7:00 PM. That game is the first of six “Wednesday Night Hockey” showdowns the Penguins will play on NBC Sports Network in 2019-20.
One of the notable “Wednesday Night Hockey” matchups this upcoming season will occur on December 4 when the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues visit Pittsburgh at 8:00 PM.
Pittsburgh is scheduled to make a league-high six appearances on NHL on NBC. The Penguins’ first NBC appearance will come on Sunday, January 19 when they visit the Boston Bruins at 12:30 PM in NBC’s “NHL Game of the Week.” All six of Pittsburgh’s NHL on NBC appearances will come on Sundays at 12 or 12:30 PM.
A weird schedule quirk is the two times the Pens go to Washington to face the Capitals in the 2019-20 regular season, it will be three weekends apart (Sunday February 2nd and 23rd) and both with afternoon starts.
Probably neither good nor bad but with six 12/12:30 starts, at least maybe they’ll have some practice getting out of the normal game day routines for early starts, right?