The Pittsburgh Penguins and Dallas Stars will be kicking off their respective seasons on the right foot when NHL action returns to the Lone Star State Wednesday evening. If there’s one thing these teams have in common it’s that both sides boast a considerable amount of firepower on the offensive end. Dallas’ top line of Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin and Valeri Nichushkin can go toe-to-toe with any team in the league, and general manager Jim Nill’s offseason acquisition of Patrick Sharp via the Chicago Blackhawks makes an already talented forward group that much scarier.
- Pittsburgh has won its last four season-opening games.
- Dallas has lost 22 of its last 35 home games.
- Dallas scored the most goals in the West in 2015/16 (261).
Pittsburgh, who barely snuck into the postseason last year, will be unveiling former Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Phil Kessel in the black and gold. Paired with NHL golden boy Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz, the Pens will certainly be no slouch when it comes to lighting the lamp.
Dallas added netminder Antti Niemi in the offseason, which leads many to believe a platoon system with long time goalender Kari Lehtonen could be in store for 2015/16.
Marc-Andre Fleury is set to get his 11th consecutive season as the Pens starting goaltender underway. The Quebec native went 34-20-9 with a .920 save percentage and 2.32 GAA in the 2014/15 campaign.