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UPDATED: Penguins Lines, Last Chances & How to Watch vs Buffalo Sabres

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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Buffalo Sabres

The Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) are one week from the beginning of the NHL regular season. Next Tuesday, they will watch the Tampa Bay Lightning raise their second-consecutive Stanley Cup banner before the first game of an expected 82-game schedule. Only a couple of preseason games remain after the Penguins host the Buffalo Sabres tonight at PPG Paints Arena.

That makes this the last chance for some to make an impression on head coach Mike Sullivan or GM Ron Hextall before the Penguins begin their roster cuts. Currently, the Penguins have 35 players in camp, and at least 12, perhaps 13, will be sent to the WBS Penguins camp. Some may have to pass through waivers to get there.

A few defensemen battling for spots will get some ice against the Sabres. Juuso Riikola will play in his third preseason game. P.O. Joseph will get his second chance, and Mark Friedman will also get a second crack to make a statement in his push for the right-side third pairing.

Friedman has the best chance to crack the lineup, though it’s telling that coaches used Chad Ruhwedel on Sunday afternoon when they dressed most of their NHL regulars.

Among the forwards, Drew O’Connor will draw in again. He had a solid weekend, first against the Sabres in Buffalo, then on a line with Brian Boyle against Detroit on Sunday.

Radim Zohorna will get a chance to show his wares again, too. Zohorna is on the fringe of cracking the Penguins lineup as the team has used him at center in training camp. He didn’t play Sunday with all of the regulars, so this, too, could be his chance to supplant Boyle for the fourth-center spot.

Kasper Bjorkqvist and Filip Hallander will also get a chance on Tuesday night, but they are prospects who are most likely to report to WBS.

Casey DeSmith will likely play the entirety of the game, as Tristan Jarry did on Sunday. Louis Domingue will serve as the backup.

Updated Pittsburgh Penguins Lines (after morning skate. Credit @pensinsidescoop)

Heinen-Carter-Rust

Zucker-Zohorna-Kapanen

McGinn-Blueger-Bjorkqvist

Hallander-O’Connor-Angello

Defenseman

Dumoulin-Letang

Pettersson-Friedman

Joseph-Riikola (both rotated on the left of other pairings)

PP1: Letang, Kapanen, Carter, Rust, Heinen

PP2: Riikola, Joseph, Zucker, Angello, Zohorna

Penguins News

With just one week remaining, get the PHN+ exclusive camp analysis and grades here. 

The Penguins organization extended the contracts of WBS head coach J.D. Forrest and assistant coach Kevin Porter for two years on Sunday.

Former NHL enforcer Tom Sestito publicly supported Vegas Golden Knights goalie Robin Lehner’s claims that NHL team doctors are handing out large amounts of pills without prescriptions. Sestito told his own story on Monday night but credited the Penguins staff with cleaning him up. 

How to Watch

According to the Penguins camp schedule, the game will be broadcast on AT&T Sportsnet, as well as heard on the Penguins flagship radio station, 105.9, the X. The puck drops just after 7 p.m.

Of course, AT&T Sportsnet is no longer on the DISH network.

Pittsburgh Penguins Preseason Stat Leaders

Goals: Kapanen (2) Five Players (1):

Assists: Heinen (2) Marino (2) Rust (2)

Points: Heinen (3) Five Players (2)

Shots: Legare (8) Simon (6) Riikola (6)

Pittsburgh Penguins Lineup:

Forwards:

10 – Drew O’Connor

16 – Jason Zucker

17 – Bryan Rust

20 – Kasper Bjorkqvist

23 – Brock McGinn

36 – Filip Hallander

42 – Kasperi Kapanen

43 – Danton Heinen

53 – Teddy Blueger

57 – Anthony Angello

67 – Radim Zohorna

77 – Jeff Carter

Defensemen:

8 – Brian Dumoulin

28 – Marcus Pettersson

50 – Juuso Riikola

52 – Mark Friedman

58 – Kris Letang

73 – P.O Joseph

Goaltenders:

1 – Casey DeSmith

70 – Louis Domingue

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Ethan Kelley
17 days ago

Riikola at least shoots the puck and will hopefully find some game time this season. But you never know with Sullivan. Why the Guins didn’t deal Petterson for a prospect or two and use 3/4 that money to resign Ceci is beyond me. This would have maintained a better right and left D-man balance and created about a million in cap space. Keep hearing about deals to send Malkin or Letang this season–but I predict it will be Zucker and Petterson that are the first to migrate when things go south.

Robert Shoemaker
Robert Shoemaker
16 days ago
Reply to  Ethan Kelley

It would be nice if other gms would just take the players that we don’t like and give up prospects, wouldn’t it? Fact is that Pettersson is overpaid for a relatively unproven 5th or 6th nhl defenseman. Why would any of the gm’s give up anything for him? My guess is that Pettersson stays with the team until he proves that his contract is worth his talents and then they are able to trade him.

J. Joachim
J. Joachim
16 days ago

You mean J.D. Forrest, not J.D. Porter

Mike Donnelly
Mike Donnelly
16 days ago

Game is also scheduled for ESPN+

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