The Pittsburgh Penguins were crushed by the Vancouver Canucks last time they played in British Columbia. No-name goalie Alexander Pechursky made his debut appearance in mop-up duties because the Penguins didn't have a legitimate backup they could dress.
This time around, expect to see a game with plenty of shots on both sides and a plethora of great saves from two elite Canadian goaltenders.
The Penguins will need to get on top of the Canucks early to set a tempo and get the crowd out of the game. This won't be hard to do because it's the first game of the regular season. If any of the players aren't amped, then they don't have a pulse.
The Canucks defense is a bit thinner this year because of the loss of Christian Ehrhoff. Meanwhile, the Penguins have unbelievable star power with Evgeni Malkin, Chris Kunitz, Kris Letang and James Neal.
The Penguins will cash in on the power play and Malkin will record the game-winning goal in a tight game between two heavyweights.