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5 Can’t-Miss Pittsburgh Penguins Games in 2014-15

5 Can't-Miss Pittsburgh Penguins Games in 2014-15

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The long and grueling offseason is coming to a close, and I hope you are as excited as I am to see the Pittsburgh Penguins back on the ice. This year's schedule is jam-packed with dozens of must-see games, so here's a look at the top five Penguins games you won't want to miss.

5. Oct. 9 - Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins

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5. Oct. 9 - Anaheim Ducks at Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Ducks will be traveling to Consol Energy Center for the Penguins' home opener. This is a must-watch game for any Penguins fan, especially since these are two powerhouse teams.

4. Nov. 11 - New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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4. Nov. 11 - New York Rangers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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This will be the first meeting between the Penguins and Rangers since New York defeated Pittsburgh in the Eastern Conference Semifinals. Since the offseason began, the Rangers have acquired unrestricted free agents Tanner Glass and Lee Stempniak from the Penguins, so it will be interesting to see how this game will pan out.

3. Oct. 25 - Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators

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3. Oct. 25 - Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators

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At the start of the 2014 NHL Draft, the Penguins carried out a shocking trade that sent James Neal to Nashville in exchange for Patric Hornqvist and Nick Spaling. Neal was a beloved player among most Penguins fans, but no one loved him more than longtime line mate Evgeni Malkin. It will be a bittersweet meeting between these two clubs for both the players and fans.

2. Oct. 22 - Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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2. Oct. 22 - Philadelphia Flyers at Pittsburgh Penguins

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If a Penguins-Flyers game doesn't get you riled up, then you need to check your pulse. There is nothing more exciting than watching two teams that have nothing in common but sheer hatred for each other battle it out.

1. Dec. 27 - Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

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1. Dec. 27 - Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins

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The Capitals really liked the Penguins' defense, so they decided to snatch up Brooks Orpik and Matt Niskanen through free agency. Toss in the Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin debate along with that and you've got a matchup for the masses.

Amanda Sklarek is a Pittsburgh Penguins/NHL writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @amandabukowski, “Like” her on Facebook or add her to your network on Google.