Pittsburgh Penguins: 7 Players To Watch In Season Opener

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Pittsburgh Penguins: 7 Players To Watch In Season Opener
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The Pittsburgh Penguins will open their regular season on Thursday, Oct. 6 against the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, B.C.

The Pens are looking to bounce back after a disappointing playoff exit in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals, but they still have to start the year without team captain Sidney Crosby, who has made a slow but steady recovery from a serious concussion suffered during the 2010-11 season.

Crosby is participating in no-contact practices and will travel with the team to Western Canada, but he will not be playing in the opening night contest.

Although Crosby is the talk of hockey media and fans, there are several other players worth keeping an eye on for the Penguins.

Here are seven players to watch not only tomorrow, but throughout the season.

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