The Penguins will reprise their rivalry with the Rangers Nov. 11 in New York, then again a few days later at Consol Energy Center.
By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins still haven't hired a coach, but when they finally get one, he should have plenty of time to get settled in.
After all, the Penguins will play seven of their first 10 games in the 2014-15 season at Consol Energy Center, according to the schedule released Sunday by the NHL.
They will open the regular season Oct. 9 at home against Anaheim, and play their first road game two nights later in Toronto.
Here are some highlights from the schedule:
• The Penguins' longest road trip will be five games, when they will visit Minnesota, Winnipeg, Buffalo, the New York Rangers and Toronto Nov. 4-14.
• Their longest homestand will be four games, when Carolina, Tampa Bay, Montreal and Boston come to town Dec. 31-Jan. 7.
• The Penguins will have more home games (nine) on Saturday than any other day of the week. They will play seven each on Wednesday and Thursday, six each on Sunday and Tuesday, five on Friday and one on Monday.
• The schedule includes seven afternoon games, five of which are set for Consol Energy Center. They are Dec. 6 (Ottawa), Jan. 18 (New York Rangers), Feb. 1 (Nashville), March 14 (Boston) and March 28 (Arizona). They also have day games Feb. 15 at Chicago and April 4 in Columbus.
• The Penguins will face the Rangers, who knocked them out of the playoffs in the second round, for the first time Nov. 11 at Madison Square Garden then have a rematch four nights later at Consol Energy Center.
• Los Angeles, the Stanley Cup champion, will visit Oct. 30 and the Penguins will face the Kings March 7 at Staples Center.
• The Penguins will play three games at New Jersey (Dec. 29, Jan. 30 and March 17) while the New York Islanders will make three trips here (Oct. 18, Nov. 21 and April 10). The Penguins will play two at home and two on the road against the other Metropolitan Division clubs.
• Of the eight Atlantic Division teams, Detroit, Boston, Florida and Tampa Bay will come here twice, while Toronto, Buffalo, Montreal and Ottawa will visit just once. The Penguins will go on the road to face the Red Wings, Bruins, Panthers and Florida once each, while visiting those other four Atlantic clubs twice each.
NOTES -- General manager Jim Rutherford is scheduled to resume his search for a coach today. Rutherford planned to spend the weekend at his home in North Carolina. ... Former Penguins right winger Mark Recchi is among the candidates to be selected today for induction to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Dominik Hasek, Peter Forsberg and Mike Modano headline the list of other contenders eligible for the first time. A maximum of four players can be chosen in a given year.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG.
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