Mark your calendars for Oct. 3. The Pittsburgh Penguins will open the 2019-2020 season against the Buffalo Sabres. The Penguins play their first four games at home and seven of their first nine games at PPG Paints Arena. And this is the moment when minor league and cliche broadcasters say, “The chase for the Stanley Cup begins…”
Columbus, Winnipeg, and Anaheim will follow Buffalo. All games are a 7 p.m.
The Penguins will also have a four-game homestand in February, but those are the season-long stretches. However, the schedule makers are withholding the Penguins-Washingon Capitals fun until March 7.
Oct. 29 is the Penguins first scrum, er, match with the Philadelphia Flyers is at home on Oct. 29.
- Connor McDavid and the Edmonton Oilers are in town on Saturday, Nov. 2 for an afternoon game.
- The re-match with Barry Trotz and the New York Islanders on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
- First overall pick Jack Hughes and the Devils are in Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.
The NHL schedule mandates the Penguins play their Metro Division rivals four times (two home, two road), they play the Atlantic Division teams three times, and the Western Conference twice (one home, one road).