Surprisingly late this evening, along with the other 29 teams in the National Hockey League (NHL), the Pittsburgh Penguins finally released their regular season schedule for the upcoming abbreviated 2012-13 season.
The regular season begins for the entire league on Saturday, Jan. 19. As widely speculated, the Penguins will be on the road to kick off the season on the 19th at the Wells Fargo Center to play cross-state rival Philadelphia Flyers with a start time of 3:00 pm (est). If Penguins and Flyers fans weren’t already pumped about the start of the season then this has to be the key to get these fans ready for some hockey. The team’s home-opener at the CONSOL Energy Center is a week from this coming Wednesday, Jan. 23, against the Toronto Maple Leafs (with a 7:00 pm puck drop).
Tickets for individual games go on sale at 10:00 am (est) this coming Tuesday.
Other interesting items about Pittsburgh’s schedule for this upcoming season:
* the Penguins start the season with back-to-back road games against the Flyers and the New York Rangers; eight of their first 12 games will be on the road
* with the abbreviated season, the Penguins schedule is limited to Eastern Conference teams (18 games against Atlantic Division teams and 30 games against Northeast and Southeast Division teams)
* the Penguins will face Jordan Staal for the first time wearing a Carolina Hurricanes uniform when they visit the Hurricanes on Feb. 28 while the final home game on Apr. 27 will be Staal’s return to the CONSOL playing for another team
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