From: Arizona Coyotes (0-0-0) @Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0)
When: 7:00 p.m. Eastern time
how to watch: AT&T Sportsnet in Pittsburgh, ESPN+ elsewhere (Bally Sports Arizona for remote broadcasts)
discount path: It’s the first game of the season for Arizona, too, which opens things up with a six-game road trip. They will be in Boston on Saturday for their next game.
forward path of pensHere is the team’s schedule for October. The Pens start with three of their first four home games, including the next game that will be on Saturday night against Tampa. Then things change after Saturday as 14 of the 18 games will be played on the pens on the road. They will also kick out a western swing early in the season at the end of the month.
Season series: The pens are making their journey to Sure to be an interesting and possibly embarrassing new home from Coyotes on January 8 to complete a two-game series out of the conference between PIT and AZ this season.
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Clayton Keeler – Travis Boyd – Nick Schmaltz
Zach Cassian – Barrett Highton – Lawson Crouse
Nick Ritchie, Jack McBain, Christian Fisher
Liam O’Brien – Nick Bugstad – Dylan Gwenther
Shane Justbesper / Daisen Mayo
JJ Moser / Conor Timmins
Patrick Nemeth / Troy Stitcher
Goal: Karel Wijmelka (Conor Ingram)
Scratches: Matthias Maxelli, Guosu Valimaki, Josh Brown
IR: Andrew Ladd, Jacob Chekron, Brian Little (unofficially retired)
– I don’t really know if these lines are accurate, I think we’ll see! It would make sense if the newly acquired Valimaki (via concessions) entered the lineup, possibly at Nemeth’s expense.
Tonight should mark 19-year-old Dylan Guenther’s NHL debut. The 9th overall pick of 2021 made the list for nine auditions before deciding whether they wanted to keep him for the full season and use the first year of his entry-level contract, or bring him back to the rookies for the rest of the term. general.
– This team has two Connors/Connors already, and by the looks of things they will strive for Add another connor organization next season.
It’s good to see ex-penguin Nick Bjstad roaming the league for another season. Bjögstad scored seven goals and 13 points last season in 57 games with Minnesota.
—Clayton Keeler is expected to play his first game after breaking his leg on March 30th.
It’s the second season in the NHL and with Karel Vejmelka’s Coyotes. As you can see above, Vejmelka naturally fills a lot of the net, coming in at 6’4″ and a whopping 224 pounds. Vejmelka, 2015 fifth-round Nashville pick not signed by the Breeds joined Arizona as a free agent in 2021. All things Taken into account, he had a good junior season as the first goalkeeper on a bad team in 2021-22. Vejmelka appeared in 52 games for the Coyotes with a 13-32-3 record, adding one close, 3.68 GAA and 0.98% saves.
Sometimes the Czech national performed well – like in March when he posted a solid 4-5-1 record and 0.921% savings per month. Other times, it was clear that Vejmelka was over his head and unable to help his team which was too much. One of these nights was on January 25th against Pittsburgh. Vejmelka conceded six goals on 36 shots and was at the end of the business losing 6-3, his only match against the Penguins so far.
Vejmelka also holds his ‘wrong’ (right) hand, which probably puts the pens away from seeing this goalkeeper for the first time in a while. Then again, the hand that the goalkeeper catches on the other side probably won’t matter.
Another Arizona goalkeeper, 25-year-old Conor Ingram, has just been claimed by the Coyotes over waivers and has all three NHL games under his belt.
And now for the pens…
Jake Genzel, Sidney Crosby, Rickard Rakel
Jason Zucker – Evgeny Malkin – Brian Rust
Danton Heinen – Jeff Carter – Caspere Cabanen
Brooke McGinn, Ryan Boehling, Josh Archibald
Brian Dumoulin / Chris Letang
Marcus Peterson / Jeff Petrie
Pierre Olivier Joseph / Jean Rota
Goal: Tristan Gary (Casey Desmith)
Scratches: Teddy Plogger (daily injury), Chad Rohwedel
—Pleasure was in a contactless shirt yesterday at Pens pracitce and doesn’t look far from playing, but likely not in time for tonight’s opener. Blogger described his minor lingering injury.FrustratingYesterday he admitted he doesn’t really know when he will be able to come back.
—Meanwhile PO Joseph has been skating in practice pretty much for the first time ever with Rutta in what appears to be the new third pair to start the season, though Joseph doesn’t even know Exactly what today (or tomorrow) he could bring his current status.
Well for fun (or until it gets awkward to lose a lot of money) I’ll bet $10 on each game and keep track of how it goes. In this game I was so excited for the opening match I actually made two bets on DraftKings:
- $5.00 on 6.5+ in-game goals (+100, to pay $10.00)
- $5.00 on 0.5+ goals in 0:00 – 9:59 first period (-165, to pay $8.03)
6.5 goals high, but movement and bonus too good to miss with the mighty Pens against Arizona (Pittsburgh scored a total of 10 goals in two games against AZ last season). On the second bet, I just want either team to score in the first half of the first period to cash in.
Here’s the Pens’ history of the season’s opening games at the PPG Paints Arena, Pittsburgh is 7-4-1 at all times in this building in the slots home.
October 13, 2022:? Versus Arizona
October 16, 2021: 4-2 win over Chicago
January 17, 2021: 4-3 (SU) win over Washington
October 3, 2019: 3-1 loss against Buffalo
October 4, 2018: win 7-6 (overtime) against Washington
October 4, 2017: Loss 5-4 (overtime) against St. Louis
October 13, 2016: 3-2 (SO) win over Washington
October 13, 2015: 3-2 loss to Montreal
October 9, 2014: 6-4 win over Anaheim
October 3, 2013: 3-0 win over New Jersey
January 23, 2013: 5-2 loss to Toronto
October 11, 2011: 4-2 win over Florida
October 7, 2010: 3-2 loss to Philadelphia
After a long summer, a new season begins in Pittsburgh. For the 55th time, Pens will write a chapter of their NHL history. It remains to be seen where this ends, but the story will start in earnest with a start coming today.