For the 19th straight season, Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin will renew their historic rivalry with the first meeting between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals in the 2023-24 season. While the Penguins are coming off an opening night loss on Tuesday, tonight’s contest will mark the season opener for the host Capitals.
Puck drop is scheduled for 7:30 PM and will be broadcast EXCLUSIVELY on ESPN+ and Hulu.
Many of the Penguins old habits were on display Tuesday night, including the baffling inability to finish Grade A scoring chances when they developed. [Pensburgh]
Kyle Dubas has always been known as a forward thinking general manager and that reputation has followed him to his role in the Penguins front office. [The Hockey News]
Football is never far from the minds of Pittsburgh fans and that was on full display Tuesday night at PPG Paints Arena during the home opener. [Trib Live]
After a few down years for the Penguins AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, added depth from the offseason has expectations soaring heading into a new campaign. [The Hockey News]
Ever since the NHL announced its ban on players using Pride Tape, several players have spoken out in opposition. Today, many Penguins voiced their disappointment with the decision. [DK Pittsburgh Sports]
It was no surprise when seeing how Erik Karlsson and Kris Letang were deployed on Tuesday. What may be surprising is the usage of Pierre-Olivier Joseph. [The Hockey News]
No one knew of Jansen Harkins when he was claimed on waivers by the Penguins, but now the new third liner is hoping to find a home here in Pittsburgh. [The Athletic $$]
NHL News and Notes...
Adam Fantilli made his NHL debut the same day he celebrated his 19th birthday. For the occasion, the Columbus Blue Jackets put together a special video for the rookie. [ESPN]
With the NHL debuting in Australia in the preseason, the league is now looking at other non-traditional markets to host games and it appears Mexico City is a target. [ESPN]