It may be the surest sign that normalcy is around the corner. The Pittsburgh Penguins released their 2021-22 preseason schedule on Monday. There will be the same-old-same-old teams like Buffalo and Columbus, but the highlight of the preseason will return.
The always loud, always raucous, and always high-pitched Free Game for Kids will return on Oct. 3 when the Penguins host the Detroit Red Wings. Game time is 1 p.m. at PPG Paints Arena.
It is the team’s 10th annual “Free Game For Kids.”
If you haven’t been–it’s not for the sit-on-your-hands crowd as 12-15000 kids pack the arena in an afternoon away from Mom and Dad.
The Penguins will begin their preseason schedule on Monday, Sept. 27, at home against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Four days later, the Penguins play their first road game against the Buffalo Sabres on Friday, Oct. 1, at KeyBank Center.
Pittsburgh Hockey Now and the rest of the Hockey Now network were the first to report on Saturday that the NHL will keep some baseball-style “series” as part of the regular season schedule. However, the regular season schedule hasn’t yet been released.
Following their first road game, the Pittsburgh Penguins will play two consecutive games at home on Sunday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 5 against the Detroit Red Wings and Sabres, respectively.
The Penguins will conclude their pre-season slate with road games on Thursday, October 7 at Detroit, and Saturday, October 9 at Columbus.
Pre-season television and radio information will be released at a later date.
Full Pittsburgh Penguins Preseason Schedule:
Date Opponent Time (ET) Location
Monday, September 27 COLUMBUS 7:00 PM PPG Paints Arena
Friday, October 1 at Buffalo 7:00 PM KeyBank Center
*Sunday, October 3 DETROIT 1:00 PM PPG Paints Arena
Tuesday, October 5 BUFFALO 7:00 PM PPG Paints Arena
Thursday, October 7 at Detroit 7:30 PM Little Caesars Arena
Saturday, October 9 at Columbus 7:00 PM Nationwide Arena
*Free Game For Kids