Pittsburgh Penguins Vs Anaheim Ducks GameDay, TV/Radio, And Preview


The sticks have been taped up and the skates have been sharpened as it is time to drop the puck on another National Hockey League season. The Pittsburgh Penguins open the season by hosting the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Consol Energy Center.

The Black and Gold made a few roster moves this morning. They recalled Zach Sill, Andrew Ebbett and Taylor Chorney from the Wheeling Nailers. They sent Kasperi Kapanen to KalPa of the Finnish League and placed Beau Bennett on injured reserve.

Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz will have newcomer Patric Hornqvist on their line while Evgeni Malkin will skate at right wing alongside Brandon Sutter and Pascal Dupuis.

Coach Mike Johnston told Brian Hunter of NHL.com that defenseman Olli Maatta, who had offseason shoulder surgery, is also ready to go.

When: Thursday, Oct. 9

Puck Drop: 7:05 p.m. ET

Site: Consol Energy Center

Television: ROOT Sports Pittsburgh

Announcers: Paul Steigerwald and Bob Errey

Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X and the Penguins Radio Network

Announcers: Mike Lange and Phil Bourque

Live Video Steam: NHL GameCenter LIVE

Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7

Sirius XM Satellite Radio: Sirius Channel 942, XM Channel 218

Odds: Penguins -1.5 According to Bovada Online Sportsbook

Last season, Marc-Andre Fleury turned away 56 of 59 shots in leading the Pittsburgh Penguins to a two-game series sweep of the Ducks. The Pens won 3-1 at Consol Energy Center on Nov. 18, 2013 and captured the rematch 3-2 on March 7 at the Honda Center in a six-round shootout.

Here is a quick rundown of this season’s newcomers to the Black and Gold: left wing Blake Comeau, right wings Steve Downie and Hornqvist, center Nick Spaling, defenseman Christian Ehrhoff, and goaltender Thomas Greiss.

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The Penguins head out to Ontario to take on the Toronto Maple Leafs on Saturday, Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. The game will be broadcast nationally on the NHL Network and also on ROOT Sports Pittsburgh.

From The Clipboard: There are just three goaltenders in NHL history, Martin Brodeur (324), Harry Lumley (298) and Terry Sawchuk (291), that have produced more than Marc-Andre Fleury’s 288 wins by age 29.

Tonight marks the 40th anniversary of Mike Lange’s first NHL broadcast. The game was on Oct. 9th, 1974 when the Penguins defeated the Minnesota North Stars 4-2 on the road and Pierre Larouche scored his first NHL goal.

City Of Champions co-editor Matt Gajtka related this fun fact involving Mike Johnston on the bench – All three of the Penguins’ Stanley Cups have come in a head coach’s first season.