Penguins notebook: 2017 game against Flyers at Heinz Field moved back a week
March 21, 2016 12:23 PM
An NHL Winter Classic game was held at Heinz Field in January 2011.
By Dave Molinari / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
The Penguins’ game against Philadelphia at Heinz Field next season will be pushed back a week and will be played Feb. 25, 2017, not Feb. 18, as originally announced.
The game is expected to be played in the evening, although no start time has been announced. The switch is believed to have been made to accommodate television.
Penguins officials declined to comment on the change, which is expected to be made official later this week.
The Penguins and Flyers also will play an outdoors game in Philadelphia in a later season.
Crosby No. 1 star
Center Sidney Crosby was honored as the NHL’s No. 1 star for the week that ended Sunday after amassing two goals and five assists in four games while extending his scoring streak to 12 games.
In the process, he reached the 30-goal milestone for the seventh time in his 11-year career.
Los Angeles goalie Jonathan Quick, who went 3-0 with a 1.32 goals-against average and .953 save percentage, was named the league’s No. 2 star, while Calgary center Sean Monahan was honored as the third star. He had five goals and two assists in four games.
The Penguins will close a stretch of nine consecutive games against Metropolitan Division opponents when New Jersey visits Consol Energy Center Thursday.
They have won seven of the first eight. That would be a remarkable run under any circumstances, but is all the more impressive when it is considered that the Penguins were 9-17-4 in their division last season.
Thanks to their ongoing surge, they are 15-7-2 against Metropolitan clubs in 2015-16, including a 14-3-1 mark in their past 18 such games.
“We’re playing really well,” center Matt Cullen said. “We like our game. Everybody is committed to working every night, and I think you’re seeing the results from that.”
The Penguins are 15-3-2 in their past 20 games at Consol Energy Center while scoring an average of 3.85 goals per game. … Kris Letang, who has a career-high 55 points, needs one goal to become the 10th defenseman in Penguins history to get 15 in a season. … The Penguins have won 40 or more games for the ninth time in the past 10 seasons and the 16th time in franchise history. … The Penguins, who had a scheduled day off Monday, are supposed to work out at 11 a.m. today in Cranberry.
Dave Molinari: Dmolinari@Post-Gazette.com and Twitter @MolinariPG
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