10:00 p.m., Rogers Arena, Vancouver, B.C.
Well here we are. Back on the ice for another season of Penguins hockey. Due to work and having literally no time to do anything there won't be a Penguins preseason preview this season but don't you worry people, I will be around to do almost every pregame and as many game recaps as I possibly can.
The Penguins will skate onto the ice against the defending Western Conference champions so they are going to be thrown into tough games right away. No sitting back and playing a few dregs of the Eastern Conference to get started in the season they will face one of the best teams in the West. I guess you wouldn't want it any other way.
Bing won't be in the lineup for the game but the Penguins are a much healthier team this time around than they finished the 2010 season. Evgeni Malkin is back and if he continues his play like he played in the preseason then it should an interesting season for Geno.
The Penguins defense will be about the same as last season and should be stronger. A lot was placed on this last season and I think we just saw that they were gassed by the end of the season. When you offense can only get you two goals most nights then you really have to be your very best every night. Guys like Letang and Michalek were playing almost 30 minutes a night and you can't do that for weeks at a time without getting tired and worn down.
Should be an interesting season. it all starts right now.
November 17, 2010: Penguins 3, Canucks 1
The Penguins probable lineups:
Steve Sullivan - Evgeni Malkin - James Neal
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke - Mark Letestu - Pascal Dupuis
Arron Asham - Joe Vitale - Craig Adams
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Kris Letang - Deryk Engelland
Matt Niskanen - Ben Lovejoy
Marc Andre Fleury
The Canucks probable lineups:
Alex Burrows - Henrik Sedin - Daniel Sedin
Mikael Samuelsson - Cody Hodgson - Marco Sturm
Chris Higgins - Manny Malhotra - Jannik Hansen
Aaron Volpatti - Maxim Lapierre - Dale Weise
Dan Hamhuis - Kevin Bieksa
Sami Salo - Alex Edler
Keith Ballard - Chris Tanev
Here are some quick stats from last season for both teams: