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The Penguins and Flyers will meet on 7/28 for their lone exhibition

Hey, why not get some Pens and Flyers action before the games count

NHL: JAN 31 Flyers at Penguins Photo by Jeanine Leech/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Plans for the NHL moving forward are coming in fast and furious. After so many weeks and months of inaction and inactivity, we’re making up for it now in record time. Tuesday evening the Penguins found out a couple key pieces of information.

First, after traveling to the hub in Toronto on July 26th, each team will have one exhibition game. The Pens have drawn an early slot, and the league is taking a regional approach to match natural rivals. So that means the Flyers on Tuesday July 28th as the sole exhibition game that both teams will have.

Just look at Wednesday, a whopping six games going on, staggered between the Toronto and Edmonton hubs. That could be the type of action in August if the league pulls it all off.

The other big piece of news is the Pens learned the start times for the first three games on their best-of-five series against the Montreal Canadiens. Being a major, marquee type of matchup, it’s no surprise that this will be on in prime time for each of the first three games.

The rest of the early schedule for the play-in round and round robins can be found here. The NHL is planning to kick it all off with five games on Saturday August 1st, starting at noon eastern and will last well after midnight. Which kind of reminds a sports fan of the excitement of the March Madness style action where games are on all day and life is fun and good.

That’s about all we can hope for right now. The Pens/Flyers exhibition, by the way, is two weeks from today. It’s going to move very quickly if the NHL can enact the plans they’re putting in place.