Penguins defenseman Olli Maatta was solid in the season opener Thursday night as he continues to readjust to the speed of the game.

Penguins defenseman Maatta's first regular-season game in 10 months goes well

Olli Maatta’s return from a 10-month absence because of a shoulder injury was a bright spot for Penguins in opening-night loss at Dallas.

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 Penguins center Sidney Crosby skates on the ice prior to the game against the Dallas Stars at American Airlines Center.

Crosby-Kessel partnership makes steady progress for Penguins

Sidney Crosby likes the cohesion that has developed with his new linemate, Phil Kessel, but also says it will get even better.

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 Sidney Crosby and the Penguins open the season in Dallas.

NHL writers survey: Penguins most likely to disappoint; Ducks most likely to win Stanley Cup

The Ducks are the favorites to win the Stanley Cup, earning 55.2 percent of votes. The Penguins did not receive any votes to win the Cup.

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 Penguins' Evgeni Malkin, attempts to gain control of the puck against Dallas Stars' Jason Demers as Penguins' Sergei Plotnikov  watches in the second period.

Penguins lose season opener, 3-0, to Dallas

Stars goaltender Antti Niemi makes 37 saves and also chips in with two assists to baffle Penguins.

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Penguins recall Maatta, Porter for tonight's game

Olli Maatta will be appearing in his first game since Dec. 6 when the Penguins face Dallas in the regular-season opener tonight at 8:38.

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 The Penguins' Sidney Crosby, Patric Hornqvist, Ben Lovejoy and Evgeni Malkin talk during a break in practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry in September.

Penguins face tough challenge this year in Metropolitan Division

The Penguins are one of a handful of favorites  to compete for a division title in what might be the most competitive group in the NHL.

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 Penguins Sidney Crosby, Pascal Dupuis and Phil Kessel during practice at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry Township on September 10, 2015.

2015-16 Pittsburgh Penguins roster breakdown

A look at the personnel with which the Penguins will enter the season.

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 Olli Maatta skates up ice against the Hurricanes during a preseason game last month at the Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Penguins send Maatta to minor league team in salary-cap move

The Penguins assigned defenseman Olli Maatta to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and recalled center Oskar Sundqvist for salary-cap purposes.

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 Penguins' Olli Maatta.

Penguins assign Maatta to Wilkes-Barre, but not for long

The Penguins have assigned star defenseman Olli Maatta to their farm team in Wilkes-Barre as part of a salary cap move.

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 Pascal Dupuis returned to the ice for the Pittsburgh Penguins first practice last month at the team's new facility in Cranberry.

Penguins: Dupuis' latest injury to keep him out 4-5 weeks

The team said the injury, though unspecified, is not related to previous health issues he has had but will temporarily derail his  comeback

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 New York Rangers fans cheer as Penguins goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and defensemen Ben Lovejoy and Rob Scuderi react to a goal by the New York Rangers' Derek Stepan during the first period of Game 5 in the first round of the NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoffs, Friday, April 24, 2015, in New York.

Penguins defense still in flux heading into season opener

Ian Cole likes the way Penguins defense is coming together and sees further improvement coming soon.

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 Dave Molinari predicts Sidney Crosby and the Penguins to finish third in the Eastern Conference Metropolitan Division this season.

NHL Preview: Team-by-team analysis of the 2015-16 season

Penguins beat writer Dave Molinari previews the upcoming NHL season, with what to expect for every team.

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 Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek can't stop a goal by the Penguins' Daniel Sprong in a preseason game last month at Consol Energy Center.

Ten games will determine Sprong's place with Penguins

Talented Penguins rookie Daniel Sprong will get his entry-level contract if he remains with the major league club.

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 Penguins defenseman Tim Erixon eyes the puck at a practice last month.

Penguins notebook: Erixon quietly earns roster spot

Defenseman Tim Erixon didn’t hear much feedback in training camp but heard all he needed to when he made the season-opening Penguins lineup.

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 Pascal Dupuis will not play Thursday in Dallas.

Dupuis will miss Penguins season opener

GM Jim Rutherford says winger Pascal Dupuis will miss the opener Thursday with an unspecified injury unrelated to blood clot.

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 Sidney Crosby, entering his 11th season with the Penguins, is convinced his competitive nature is a gift from his mother and father.

Sidney Crosby's will to win is in his genes

The Penguins star’s competitiveness is as intrinsic to who he is as anything else. Entering his 11th season, we ask: where did it come from?

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 Whomever gets to stake on a line with Sidney Crosby, left, and Phil Kessel, right, will be one lucky Penguins winger. In this practice last month, veteran Pascal Dupuis stood alongside the dangerous duo.

Five questions for the Penguins season

Penguins beat writer Jenn Menendez poses five questions facing the Penguins as they prepare to start the new season.

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 The Chicago Blackhawks were Stanley Cup champs last season in the NHL, but not so again this year, says Post-Gazette hockey blogger Seth Rorabaugh.

Seth Rorabaugh's 2015-16 NHL predictions

Post-Gazette hockey writer Seth Rorabaugh picks award-winners, division-winners and Cup winners for the 2015-16 NHL season.

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 Daniel Sprong looks on after being selected 46th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins during the 2015 NHL Draft at BB&T Center on June 27.

Penguins make roster moves ahead of deadline

It looks as if rookie winger Daniel Sprong will start the season with the Penguins, and veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will not.

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 Penguins Patric Hornqvist (left) and Sergei Plotnikov watch a shot in front of Carolina Hurricanes goalie Cam Ward.

Plotnikov adds more physicality and puck-control skills to second line for Penguins

Sergei Plotnikov fits in fast and well with Evgeni Malkin and Patric Hornqvist on the Penguins’ potent second line.

1 week ago

 Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby: penalty killers?

Penguins look to add Crosby, Malkin to penalty-kill mix

The Penguins likely will use star centers Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin in more penalty-kill situations his season.

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 Pascal Dupuis had a chance to play on a line with newly acquired Phil Kessel Wednesday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Top-line winger could be a revolving door

The Penguins might rotate players onto the top line with center Sidney Crosby and winger Phil Kessel in the regular season.

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Penguins finish preseason with 2-1 loss to Hurricanes

Right winger Pascal Dupuis scored the Penguins' lone goal while center Jordan Staal and left winger Chris Terry scored for the Hurricanes.

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 Penguins defenseman Steve Oleksy practices last month at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

Five Penguins make it through waivers unclaimed

Steve Oleksy, Reid McNeill, Will O'Neill, Dominik Uher and Kael Mouillierat can now be assigned to Wilkes-Barre.

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 Goaltender Matt Murray was one of four players the Penguins cut after their 7-2 loss against the Detroit Red Wings on Wednesday night.

Penguins cut 18 players; 31 remain on roster, 23 likely to stay

After removing 14 players from their training camp roster during the day Wednesday, the Penguins cut four more after their loss to Detroit.

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 In addition to sending eight players to Wilkes-Barre, Tom Sestito, right, was released from his professional tryout with the team.

Penguins assign eight players to Wilkes-Barre

The moves get the club’s training camp roster down to 35.

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Penguins send 4 more players to minor league team

The team cut four players from their major-league roster after their preseason loss to Detroit at Consol Energy Center Wednesday evening.

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 Red Wings goaltender Petr Mrazek can't stop a goal by Penguins' Daniel Sprong in the second period at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Final home exhibition game ends with loss to Red Wings

The club lost 7-2 Wednesday night to Detroit to mark a second exhibition loss to the Red Wings this preseason, by a combined score of 13-3.

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 The Penguins' Matt Cullen runs into Columbus Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky after trying to score during the first period of a preseason game Saturday at the Consol Energy Center.

New Penguins center Matt Cullen still learning a lot about a lot of teammates

Matt Cullen has most things figured out with the Penguins, but he has not had time to learn much about many of his new teammates.

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 Paul Newman as Reggie Dunlop, player-coach of a third-rate hockey team, in 1977's "Slap Shot." The film elevated Johnstown into the popular culture, and Newman made minor league hockey cool.

Johnstown exhibition game stirs 'Slap Shot' memories for Penguins

Tonight’s game will be played where the 1977 film was shot. “It is the hockey movie that gets closest to reality,” says Penguin Kris Letang.

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 The Penguins' Sergei Plotnikov (center) celebrates a first-period goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning Tuesday night in a preseason game at the Cambria County War Memorial in Johnstown, Pa.

Penguins notebook: Four score in win vs. Lightning in Johnstown

The Penguins defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning, 4-2, in a preseason game tonight at the Cambria County War Memorial.

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Nick Bonino makes Penguins debut after weeklong absence because of illness

Bonino plays first game with Penguins, but is in catch-up mode after missing a week because of unspecified illness.

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Canadiens defeat Penguins, 4-1, in preseason game in Quebec

The game was the first professional contest at that arena, which was built in hopes of securing an NHL franchise.

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 Penguins rookie Daniel Sprong, right, is slated to dress tonight against Montreal.

Penguins keep big training-camp roster entering hectic stretch

The Penguins have held back on trimming their 49-player roster ahead of a stretch of three games in three days, which begins tonight.

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 Penguins rookie Daniel Sprong celebrates his goal in the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes earlier this week at Consol Energy Center.

Rookie Sprong making strong push to stick around with Penguins

Daniel Sprong is just a rookie, so his odds of making the NHL team are slim, but Penguins brass has certainly been impressed so far.

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 The Blue Jackets' Ryan Murray knocks the puck away from the Penguins' Phil Kessel in the first period Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins notebook: Players love new overtime format after test run

The Penguins think the 3-on-3, sudden-death overtime format will lead to more creativity and goals.

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 Blue Jackets' Nick Foligno and Brandon Saad congratulate Ryan Johansen on his goal against the Penguins in the second period Saturday at Consol Energy Center.

Penguins lose to Blue Jackets, 4-2, in preseason game at Consol

For the second game in a row, Penguins got into a first-period hole and were unable to climb out during a 4-2 preseason loss to Columbus.

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 The Penguins' David Perron scores thru the five hole on Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist in the third period at the Consol Energy Center in January.

On whichever line he plays, Penguins' Perron hopes to shine

Forward David Perron believes the slump that ended last season is behind him.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins' Oskar Sundqvist participates in the team's development camp at Consol Energy Center Friday morning, July 18, 2014.

Penguins notebook: Sundqvist elevates game

An offseason hamstring injury is behind Oskar Sundqvist, who hopes for another deep run at training camp.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins defenseman Tim Erixon, center, is one of many players trying to make a strong impression on the coaching staff this preseason.

Versatile defenseman Erixon hopes to stay put with Penguins

Tim Erixon has been living out of a suitcase for much of his NHL career, so he wants Pittsburgh to be a permanent stop for a while.

2 weeks ago

Penguins reassign Harrison Ruopp to Wilkes-Barre

The Penguins training camp roster is now 49 players: 29 forwards, 16 defensemen, and four goalies.

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 Detroit Red Wings right winger Erik Cole (72) is tripped by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi (4) in the first period Thursday night at Joe Louis Arena.

Penguins notebook: Red Wings win preseason game, 6-1

The Penguins fell behind early and stayed there in what became a 6-1 exhibition loss to Detroit tonight at Joe Louis Arena.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins' wing Chris Kunitz falls to the ice as he battles Carolina's Danny Biega for the puck during the first period of an exhibition game in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015.

Penguins left winger Kunitz eyes spot on top line

Chris Kunitz got the first crack at working with Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel on the Penguins’ top line.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins right wing Beau Bennett scores the game winning goal in a shootout against Blue Jackets goalie Joonas Korpisalo Monday at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Penguins won 1-0 in a shootout.

Penguins notebook: Bennett hopes knees give him lift this season

Forward Beau Bennett spent the summer trying to get his legs in better playing shape. He believes it will help him this season.

2 weeks ago

Penguins make first of their preseason roster cuts

Tom Kostopoulos sent to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Jaden Lindo sent to Owen Sound junior team.

2 weeks ago

 The Penguins' Phil Kessel brings the puck up ice against the Hurricanes in the third period at  Consol Energy Center.

Kessel scores 2 goals in debut with Penguins

Phil Kessel’s debut with Penguins goes well with two goals.

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 Penguins' Phil Kessel impresses in debut.

Johnston sees lots to like in Kessel’s debut

Phil Kessel scored his first goal on Pittsburgh ice as a Penguins player Monday night as the club throttled the Carolina Hurricanes, 7-3,

2 weeks ago

 Left wing Tom Sestito with assistant coach Gary Agnew during Penguins training camp at the UPMC Mario Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry.

Tom Sestito hopes to bring toughness to Penguins

Journeyman enforcer Tom Sestito spent last season in the minors, but contributed to Vancouver’s success in 2013-14.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins goalie Tristan Jarry looks to make a save against Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray in a shootout at Nationwide Arena in Columbus. The Penguins won 1-0 in a shootout.

Penguins notebook: Preseason-opening win goes to shootout despite new OT format

Meanwhile, many of the Penguins’ stars are expected to be in the lineup when they face Carolina tonight.

2 weeks ago

 Penguins Phil Kessel handles the puck against the Hurricanes in the third period.

Kessel scores two goals to lead Penguins to exhibition win over Carolina

The Penguins winger Phil Kessel scored his first goal on Pittsburgh ice Monday night on the way to a 7-3 win at Consol Energy Center.

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