Camp preview: Penguins retake the ice this morning with so much to (finally) see


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Sidney Crosby and John Marino in Cranberry. - PENGUINS

The Penguins will open their 13-day training camp today at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex.

With only one reporter permitted on-location per outlet, Dejan will handle our site's coverage when players take the ice at 11 a.m., which you can follow live here.

Here's what you need to know about the next two weeks, and some storylines to watch:


Monday, July 13 - 11 a.m. practice

Tuesday, July 14 - 11 a.m. practice

Wednesday, July 15 - 11 a.m. practice

Thursday, July 16 - Day off

Friday, July 17 - 11 a.m. practice

Saturday, July 18 - 10:30 a.m. morning skate, 7 p.m. team scrimmage

Sunday, July 19 - 11 a.m. practice

Monday, July 20 - noon, team scrimmage

Tuesday, July 21 - Day off

Wednesday, July 22 - 11 a.m. practice

Thursday, July 23 - 11 a.m. practice

Friday, July 24 - 10:30 a.m. morning skate, 7 p.m. team scrimmage

Saturday, July 25 - 11 a.m. practice

Sunday, July 26 - Travel to Toronto

Teams will each play one exhibition game in the hub city before games begin Aug. 1.


Forwards: Evan Rodrigues, Patrick Marleau, Brandon Tanev, Jason Zucker, Bryan Rust, Jared McCann, Samuel Poulin, Sam Lafferty, Sam Miletic, Conor Sheary, Philip Varone, Zach Aston-Reese, Adam Johnson, Teddy Blueger, Anthony Angello, Jake Guentzel, Evgeni Malkin, Patric Hornqvist, Sidney Crosby

Defensemen: Chad Ruhwedel, Jack Johnson, Justin Schultz, John Marino, Kevin Czuczman, Brian Dumoulin, Marcus Pettersson, Juuso Riikola, Kris Letang, Pierre-Olivier Joseph

Goaltenders: Casey DeSmith, Matt Murray, Alex D’Orio, Tristan Jarry, Emil Larmi

Nick BjugstadDominik Simon and Zach Trotman are not on the roster due to injury.


The NHL's 20-page list of protocols for training camps can be found here. Among the notable inclusions:

• This is the first time that coaches will be permitted to have in-person interactions with players since the shutdown.

• Players and other team personnel will be tested every other day, with results becoming available within 24 hours of the test being administered.

• Players and personnel must self-screen for symptoms and take their temperatures at home no more than two hours before arriving at the facility, and then undergo another symptom and temperature check once at the facility.

• Teams are prohibited from releasing any information regarding coronavirus test results, as well as any injury news.


We'll surely see different combinations used throughout camp, but here's my best guess at potential lines and pairings:

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Conor Sheary
Patrick Marleau -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust
Jason Zucker -- Jared McCann -- Patric Hornqvist
Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson -- John Marino
Jack Johnson -- Justin Schultz


The number of media members permitted to attend practices is limited in order to maintain social distancing. Only one person from a select number of outlets will be allowed in the building. We'll be there every day, beginning with Dejan covering the first two days of camp. I'll handle most of the practices after that.

Media availability will be conducted virtually over WebEx after practice. There will be no in-person availability.

The Penguins will potentially stream the three scrimmages mentioned in the above schedule. More information on those will be announced at a later date.


Whose net is it?

Is it Matt Murray's net, or will there be a battle between Murray and Tristan Jarry to win the starting job in Game 1?

How does Guentzel look?

Guentzel has looked fine taking shots what we've seen in the small informal skates, but camp is going to be more intense. These intrasquad scrimmages will be the first game-like action he's seen since December. How will he handle the contact?


How will the lines look with Guentzel back in the mix? Will Guentzel and Crosby be reunited with Sheary, or will Zucker stick on that line? The combinations for the top three lines are up in the air.

Will players benefit from the extended layoff?

How will the older players on the roster -- especially 40-year-old Marleau -- fare going straight into the playoffs after over four months without games?

Who makes the final expanded roster?

The current roster includes 34 players, and only 31 can make it into the bubble. Will Poulin make the final cut?

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