CRANBERRY — The way Mike Sullivan sees it, the Pittsburgh Penguins will have one fundamental, overriding objective in their final preseason game Friday night in Buffalo.
“The main priority,” he said, “is to get ready for Game 1.”
That will come Tuesday, when Chicago visits PPG Paints Arena shortly after 8 p.m. for the first-regular season game of 2023-24 for both clubs.
What has been the Penguins’ most competitive training camp in recent memory is entering its final days, and players have all but exhausted their opportunities to achieve their particular goal, whether it has been to just earn a spot on the major-league roster, to nail down a specific role or merely to establish themselves as worthy of being given a contract.
“We’ve covered a lot of things over the course of this training camp,” Sullivan said. “We’ve tried to give a lot of people opportunities to show what they can do. We have to make some hard decisions here, coming up.”