and Evgeni Malkin
will lead the Pittsburgh Penguins in the preseason opener versus Tampa Bay Saturday at Mellon Arena at 7:30 p.m.
The Penguins lineup for Saturday will include forwards Crosby, Malkin, Pascal Dupuis
, Jordan Staal
, Janne Pesonen, Ryan Stone, Kris Beech, Jeff Taffe, Miroslav Satan, Petr Sykora, Bill Thomas and Eric Godard; defensemen Sergei Gonchar, Ben Lovejoy
, Alex Goligoski, Brooks Orpik
, Mark Eaton and Darryl Sydor; goaltenders Marc-Andre Fleury
and Dany Sabourin.
The Penguins will remain at Mellon Arena through Friday, Sept. 19 for camp sessions. Practices at Mellon Arena, Wednesday-Friday, will be open to the public and free of charge. Players will be on the ice in various groups from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fans may enter through Gate #1 starting at 8:45 a.m. Parking in arena lots will be based on availability and daily rates will apply on weekdays. Concession stands and PenStation, the Penguins official team store, will be open inside Mellon Arena.
The Penguins will open the preseason at home against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday, Sept. 20 at Mellon Arena and will travel to Tampa Bay on Monday, Sept. 22 for the second game of the home-and-home series. The Penguins return home to host the Toronto Maple Leafs Wednesday, Sept. 24th before facing the Leafs in Toronto on Friday, Sept. 26. The Penguins will complete the preseason with an exhibition game against Finnish Club Jokerit on Oct. 2 in Helsinki, Finland.
The Penguins will open the NHL season against the Ottawa Senators on Oct. 4 and 5 in Stockholm, Sweden, before returning to Mellon Arena for the home opener on Saturday, Oct. 11 vs. the New Jersey Devils.
The players will be available to the media starting at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 at the UPMC facility on the Southside. The 2008-09 preseason and training camp schedules are listed below.SATURDAY SESSION ADDED:
The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their pre-season schedule Saturday at 7:30 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Mellon Arena.
Tickets for the pre-season opener may be ordered online at pittsburghpenguins.com/tickets
; by calling 412-323-1919; at all Ticketmaster outlets; and at the Mellon Arena Box Office at Gate 1.
The Penguins also announced that Saturday’s morning skate will be open to the general public, free of charge. Fans may enter Gate 1 starting at 8:45 a.m. There will be free parking in the East lot at Mellon Arena, which is located above Mario Lemieux Place (although fans must exit the parking lot as soon as practice is over).
Extra players will skate from 9 a.m.-10 a.m., and the players participating in Saturday night’s game will skate from 10:30 a.m. to approximately 11:15 a.m.