Penguins' schedule features home-heavy start, more Saturday night games
It will be a quick introduction for the Penguins' new coach and the home fans.
The Penguins will open the 2014-15 NHL season by playing seven of their first 10 games at Consol Energy Center, starting with the opener Oct. 9 against Anaheim.
There are some subtle differences from last season's schedule.
The Penguins will visit Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Buffalo twice this season and make trips to Florida, Tampa Bay, Boston and Detroit only once. Last season's schedule was opposite of that.
The Penguins visited Columbus three times last season, and the Flyers played three times at Consol Energy Center. This season, the Penguins will play three times in New Jersey, and the New York Islanders visit Pittsburgh for three.
The Penguins knocked Columbus out of the playoffs in six games in April. Those teams will renew their rivalry Dec. 13 in Ohio.
The Penguins will get their first crack at the New York Rangers, the team that knocked them out of the playoffs in the second round, on Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden.
In the longest road trip of the season, the Penguins will play at Minnesota, Winnipeg, Buffalo, New York and Toronto over 11 days.
The season's longest homestand is four games.
Former Penguins star Jaromir Jagr, who now plays for the Devils, could play for the final time in Pittsburgh on Dec. 2.
Other schedule highlights include:
• Alexander Ovechkin and the Capitals play twice in Pittsburgh — Dec. 27 and Feb. 17.
• The Flyers play in Pittsburgh on Oct. 22 and April 1.
• Five of the Penguins' home games start at 8 p.m.
• The Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings visit the Penguins on Oct. 30.
• The Penguins have nine Saturday home games, including six at night, which is more than in recent seasons.
• The Penguins are scheduled to play seven afternoon games, four of which are at home.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.