UPDATED OCT. 3 — The Pittsburgh Penguins lines and defensive pairings are ready for opening night. Thursday, the Penguins will begin their first season since 2015 without a banner raising or the Stanley Cup.
Daniel Sprong also appears on track to be ready for opening night, despite suffering a lower body injury last Wednesday. Sprong figures to embark on his first extended stay in the NHL in his three-year professional career. He will do so on the Penguins fourth line, in a low-pressure, high reward spot with linemates Matt Cullen and Riley Sheahan.
Brian Dumoulin skated Wednesday and appears ready to play, Thursday.
The Penguins are set–here are the lines:
Expected Penguins Lines
|Jason Zucker||Sidney Crosby||Conor Sheary|
|Patrick Marleau||Evgeni Malkin||Bryan Rust|
|Evan Rodrigues||Jared McCann||Patric Hornqvist|
|Brandon Tanev||Teddy Blueger||Sam Lafferty|
|Brian Dumoulin||Kris Letang|
|Marcus Pettersson||John Marino|
|Jack Johnson||Justin Schultz|