It has been a whirlwind season for the Pittsburgh Penguins, who’ve enjoyed their best start in franchise history and now enter a pivotal stretch with their first-round series against Washington.
The team has a long way to go before the playoffs begin and is currently a week away from hosting the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time in franchise playoff history.
Here are five things you need to know for the Penguins’ opening game:1.
Will the Penguins play in the Stanley, National or American Hockey League?
The Penguins’ first regular season home game against Washington was played at PPG Paints Arena on Oct. 25, 2014.
The Penguins’ season finale was held on Dec. 7 at Madison Square Garden.
The Stanley Cup is in Pittsburgh, but the team is not yet playing in the National Hockey League.
The National Hockey Association’s (NHL) Eastern Conference Division Finals will be played on March 2-6 in St. Louis.
How many games will the Penguins have?
The Penguins have not played a game yet.
That could change if the Penguins advance to the second round.
What will be the weather like on the Penguins home ice?
The temperature in Pittsburgh is expected to be around 70 degrees with temperatures ranging from 90 degrees to 95 degrees.
Can the Penguins make the playoffs?
Pittsburgh’s playoff chances will be based on how many points the Penguins finish with.
They have the ability to make the postseason, but they must also win their remaining six games against teams with a winning record.
Where can I watch the Penguins game?
The Pens are scheduled to host the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.
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Follow along with the Penguins in their quest for the Stanley.