’08-09 Record: 43-30-2-5, 93 points (fourth place); Goals for – 234; Goals against 232; Penalty minutes – 1432.
NHL affiliate: Philadelphia Flyers
Last season vs. Pens: 4-5-0-1
Leading scorer: Jared Ross, 69 points. (29 goals, 40 assists)
Head coach: Greg Gilbert
Fast fact: The Phantoms were forced to move from Philadelphia after last season when the closing of the Spectrum left the team without a venue to play in.
’08-09 Record: 33-40-3-4 73 points. (seventh place); Goals for – 219; Goals against – 258; Penalty minutes – 1552.
NHL Affiliate: Carolina Hurricane
Last season vs. Pens: 2-6
Leading scorer: Jakub Petruzalek, 50 points (17 goals, 33 points)
Head coach: Jeff Daniels
Fast fact: Brandon Sutter, son of former NHL player Brent Sutter, will play for the River Rats this season.
’08-09 Record: 41-30-5-4 91 points. (fifth place)
NHL affiliate: Ottawa Senators
Last season vs. Pens: 2-8
Leading scorer: Ilya Zubov, 52 points (14 goals, 38 assists)
Head coach: Don Nachbaur
Fast fact: The Senators don’t make their first appearance at Wachovia Arena until Dec. 13.
’08-09 Record: 49-23-2-6 106 points (first place)
NHL Affiliate: Washington Capitals
Last season vs. Pens: 3-6-0-2
Leading scorer: Alexandre Giroux 97 (60 goals, 37 assists)
Head coach: Mark French
Fast fact: The Hershey Bears won their 10th AHL title last season, eliminating the Penguins from the playoffs along the way.
’08-09 Record: 33-38-4-5 75 points (sixth place)
NHL affiliate: Tampa Bay Lightning
Last season vs. Pens: 4-3-1-0
Leading scorer: Zenon Konopka, 57 points (17 goals, 40 assists)
Head coach: Darren Rumble
Fast fact: The Admirals had a change in their front office just last month. General Manager Mike Butters was replaced by Brian Lawton.
’08-09 Record: 33-38-4-5 75 points
NHL affiliate: Columbus Blue Jackets
Last season vs. Pens: 4-4-0-0
Leading scorer: Mike York 58 points (11 goals, 47 assists)
Head coach: Ross Yates
Fast fact: In case you already didn’t know, the Penguins open their season tonight at Wachovia Arena against the Syracuse Crunch.