The Pens host the Colorado Avalanche at PPG Paints Arena.
MATCH: Penguins vs. Avalanche
TIME: 7 p.m. EST
PLACE: PPG Paints Arena
TV: ROOT Sports
RADIO: 105.9 FM, The X
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
The Pens are looking to open the season with 3 consecutive victories for the 2nd time in the past 4 seasons … Sidney Crosby and Bryan Rust have both been ruled out of the game, though Rust is close to returning per head coach Mike Sullivan … The Avalanche begin a 4-game road trip tonight in Pittsburgh … Goalie Calvin Pickard will start for the Avs … Joe Colborne scored a hat trick in Colorado's 6-5 season-opening win.
MORNING SKATE REPORT
*The Pens used the following workflow at the morning skate…
*Fleury will start in goal.
* Crosby (concussion) skated on his own prior to the morning skate.
*Crosby worked with goaltender Matt Murray (hand). Murray is close to rejoining the Pens for team practice.
*Rust (undisclosed) worked with the team at the morning skate, but did not take part in line rushes. He is close to becoming a "coaches' decision."