This offseason was longer than many of us expected or are used to. After heading to the Cup final for two straight seasons, we've had a longer wait between Penguins games than we've experienced in a while.
The puck can't drop soon enough. So, much like last year
, we've put together a list of 12 Penguins games we're most looking forward to.
Any form of hockey would excite us right now but, looking at the schedule, these games seem the most intriguing right now.
The first regular season game in the CONSOL Energy Center. The rival Philadelphia Flyers, who happen to also be the defending Eastern Conference champions. Aaron Asham is now a Pen. Bill Guerin may be a Flyer. It doesn't get much better than this for a season opener.
If you're not excited when the puck drops for this game, you're dead inside.
The Habs return to Pittsburgh. The last time we saw them here they were closing down the Igloo and eliminating the Pens from the playoffs.
"The look on Mike Camalleri's face makes our blood boil. Really just upsetting.Can't do anything about it for 5 months."
One of the main stories of last season was the Devils' complete domination of the Penguins all year.
Kovaljoke is finally signed. So is Anton Volchenkov. Paul Martin is now with the Pens.
Because of Columbus Day, this game starts at 1pm.
The Devils will be one of our main rivals in the Atlantic Division all year. This first game will be a good test for the new look Pens.
Our first game in Philly this year. After a run to the Stanley Cup Final, the Philly faithful will be louder and more obnoxious.
Sergei Gonchar returns to the 'Burgh for the first time as a Senator. Daniel Alfredsson and his band of jokes will be back in Pittsburgh looking to avenge their elimination last season.
There's a ton of great games in October.
Games in Columbus are pretty much bonus home games for the Penguins.
Colby Armstrong is now a Leaf. Luca Caputi is there too. Games against the Leafs are almost always exciting and often difficult. Just ask Michel Therrien.
Brian Burke sucks.
Our first game of the season against the Caps. Who knows whether or not they will have arrived at this point. The Verizon Center will be filled with bells, whistles, sirens and horns, ready for another Pens/Caps match-up.
Hopefully they'll be some incredibly witty fan gimmicks too. Maybe pacifiers again. That was hilarious last time.
The Winter Classic. Heinz Field. Thousands of hungover fans. Constant "Crosby vs. Ovechkin" promos on NBC.
As much as we didn't think the Pens should be in the Winter Classic this year, we're still excited.
The Red Wings are back in Pittsburgh. Despite many people not considering this a true rivalry, Penguins/Red Wings games always feel special.
The Wings signed some great young player over the offseason: Mike Modano.
Wait… you mean THAT Mike Modano? Oh. Nevermind then.
The Penguins head into the home of the defending Stanley Cup Champions, or at least the home of those players that could fit under the salary cap.
It's bound to be a great game.
The Pens return to Joe Louis Arena.
It was in this building where they raised the Stanley Cup.
Kris Draper is already complaining.
Drop the puck already.