The Pittsburgh Penguins open their eight-game National Hockey League pre-season schedule tonight on the road in Ohio as they skate against Metropolitan Division rival, the Columbus Blue Jackets.
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Last season, Pittsburgh finished fourth in the Metro Division with a record of 43-27-12 and 98 points. Mike Johnston’s crew was eighth overall in the Eastern Conference and claimed one of the two Wild Card spots for the Stanley Cup Playoffs in the East along with the Ottawa Senators.
The Pens were unable to advance beyond the first round of the tournament, losing to the New York Rangers four games to one.
Last year the .500 mark was popular with the Black and Gold in the pre-season. They amassed a 3-3 record. and went 1-1 against the Jacks.
The Blue Jackets concluded last season in fifth place in the Metro Division with a 42-35-5 mark and 89 points. They wound up 11th overall in the Eastern Conference.
The last time Pittsburgh and Columbus hooked up was Saturday, April 4 in Ohio and the Blue Jackets skated away with a 5-3 victory on Nick Folgno’s hat trick. The Penguins went 1-2-1 in the regular season against the Blue Jackets.
When: Monday, Sept. 21
Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m.
Site: Nationwide Arena
Columbus Ticket Information: Blue Jackets Ticket Central
Radio Coverage: 105.9 FM – The X
Announcers: Mike O’Brien and Phil Bourque
Audio Stream: Penguins Radio 24/7
Jason Mackey of the Tribune Review observed the power play pairings on Day Three of training camp on Sunday:
Up Next: The Black and Gold are right back on the ice Tuesday, Sept. 22 for the pre-season home opener at CONSOL Energy Center. They host the Carolina Hurricanes and the puck drops at 7 p.m. That contest can also be watched on Pittsburgh’s CW – WPCW.
From The Clipboard: Tristan Jarry and Jeff Zatkoff are listed as the goaltenders available for tonight’s match-up…Tonight, to help prepare for the new 3-on-3 overtime format this season, the Penguins and Blue Jackets will play a 3-on-3 overtime session regardless of the score.