-"We talk a lot. We try to keep it simple, and I think that’s the way to go. He’s really solid. You can’t expect that it’s going to be perfect [immediately]. But I think we have pretty good chemistry.” - Defenseman Olli Maatta on being paired with Ben Lovejoy.
-Right winger Patric Hornqvist must adjust to a new center in Evgeni Malkin.
-Left winger Scott Wilson scored two goals, including one in overtime, to give the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins a 2-1 season opening win against the Providence Bruins. Goaltender Matt Murray made 40 saves in the victory.
-Goaltender Brian Foster made 12 saves for the Wheeling Nailers in a 4-2 preseason loss to the Cincinnati Cyclones.
-Happy 69th birthday to former Pittsburgh Hornets and Penguins forward Pete Mahovlich (right). Acquired early in the 1977-78 season along with Peter Lee in a deal which sent Pierre Larouche and future considerations to the Canadiens, Mahovlich spent two seasons in Pittsburgh. In 1977-78, he saw action in 57 games and finished second on the team with 61 points. That season, he actually recorded a hat trick in his first game with the team, a 6-4 win against the Red Wings. He followed that up in 1978-79 by playing in 60 games and netting 53 points. In that spring's postseason, Mahovlich appeared in two games and recorded one assist. During the 1979 offseason, Mahovlich was traded to the Red Wings in exchange for Nick Libett. In 117 regular season games for the Penguins, Mahovlich scored 114 points, 72nd-most in franchise history. He is currently a professional scout for the Panthers.
-Happy 55th birthday to former Penguins forward Ron Flockhart. Acquired prior to the 1983-84 season along with Andy Brickley, Mark Taylor and draft picks in a deal which sent Rich Sutter and draft picks to the Flyers, Flockhart spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. In 1983-84, he appeared in 68 games and scored 45 points. After 12 games and five assists in 1984-85, Flockhart was traded to the Canadiens in exchange for John Chabot. in 70 games with the Penguns, Flockhart scored 50 points.
-Happy 43rd birthday to former Penguins forward Brian Holzinger. Acquired at the 2003 trade deadline in a deal which sent Marc Bergevin to the Lightning, Holzinger spent parts of two seasons with the Penguins. He finished the 2002-03 season by appearing in nine games and scoring three points for the Penguins. In 2003-04, Holzinger saw action in 61 games and scored 21 points. At the 2004 trade deadline, Holzinger was traded to the Blue Jackets in exchange for Lasse Pirjeta. One of six natives of Ohio to play for the Penguins (Ab DeMarco, Moe Mantha, Ian Moran, Mike Rupp and Bryan Smolinski were the others), Holzinger played in 70 games for the Penguins and scored 24 points. Holzinger is also one of four former Hobey Baker Award winners to play for the Penguins. Brian Bonin, Jordan Leopold and Kip Miller are the others.
-Happy 53rd birthday to former Penguins goaltender Roberto Romano (right). A free agent signing midway through the 1982-83 season, Romano spent parts of six seasons with the Penguins in two separate stints. As a rookie in 1982-83, he saw action in three games - all losses - and had a 6.97 goals against average. In 1983-84, Romano appeared in 18 games, had a 6-11-0 record, a 4.59 goals against average, a .876 save percentage and one shutout. Platooning with Denis Herron in 1984-85, Romano played in 31 games, went 9-17-2, had a 4.42 goals against average, .877 save percentage and one shutout. Romano's only season as the team's primary starter was 1985-86. He played in 46 games, had a 21-20-3 record, a 3.55 goals against average, .886 save percentage and two shutouts. After 25 games, a 9-12-2 record, a 3.72 goals against average and .876 save percentage in 1986-87, Romano was traded to the Bruins in exchange for Pat Riggin. After bouncing around the AHL and Italy, Romano returned to the Penguins in 1993-94 by appearing in two games, going 1-0-1 with a 1.44 goals against average and .946 save percentage. He retired in the 1994 offseason. In 125 games with the Penguins, Romano was 46-62-8 with a 3.96 goals against average and recorded four shutouts.
-After the Jump: Simon Despres got paid.