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Opening Night Just One Week Away

Opening Night

The NHL Regular Season beings in one week from tonight. The Pittsburgh Penguins will enter the 2020-2021 season on the road against the Philadelphia Flyers. That game will begin at 5:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN, on Wednesday January 13th. Their will be a lot of two-game sets this season to limit the travel due to the coronavirus. It will be a 56-game season and Head Coach Mike Sullivan and company are looking forward to playing other opponents in different colored uniforms.

On opening night, the Pittsburgh Penguins will look to avenge last year’s horrific playoff loss in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers against the Montreal Canadiens. Pittsburgh will look to be poised and possessed with Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, and Kris Letang at the helm. This is possible that this will be their last chance to win a Stanley Cup together, and it is going to be very interesting to see what happens.

It is very important and vital to get off to a very fast start here for the season. If they don’t, it could be troubling. We will see how things go, but getting off to a fast start is very important. The last time they played in a shortened season was in 2013. They were the number one seed in the Eastern Conference. They lost to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Finals that season.

That was also the season where the Chicago Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup in six games over Boston. That was the last time a Presidents’ Trophy winning team won the Stanley Cup. It will be interesting to see what happens.

Defense will be a huge part. Kris Letang will be good, but John Marino was signed to a six-year $26 million contract extension in the recent days. Tristan Jarry and Casey DeSmith will be good between the pipes this season.

Lastly along with Jake Guentzel, Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will look to be good and powerful once again this season, along with Bryan Rust, Jason Zucker, Kasperi Kapenen, Zach Aston-Reese, and also Teddy Blueger.


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