* OPPONENTS: Pittsburgh Penguins tonight (8:05) and Detroit Red Wings tomorrow (7:35), both at the Capital Centre.
* RADIO & TV: Both on HTS and WCAO-AM 600.
* OUTLOOK: The Caps, who struggled miserably during the preseason, will attempt to get off to a rare good start against a pair of teams that didn't make the playoffs last season. Goalie Don Beaupre and defenseman Kevin Hatcher reported to camp yesterday, but it is uncertain whether they will see any action.
The Penguins will be without Mario Lemieux, whose ailing back is expected to keep him out for two to three months. Tomorrow's game will garner extra media attention because it is the first time Bryan and Terry Murray will face each other, and the only time at the Cap Centre this year.
* OPPONENTS: Hershey Bears tomorrow (7:30) at the Hersheypark Arena.
* RADIO: WLIF-AM 1300 with new broadcaster Kenny Albert.
* OUTLOOK: New coach Robbie Laird said he likes what he sees on offense from the Jacks but the defense, except for Kent Paynter, is totally unproven. The Jacks return nine players from last year's team, including Alfie Turcotte, John Purves, Steve Maltais, Vic Gervais, Tyler Larter and Steve Seftel.
If goalie Jim Hrivnak remains with the Caps through the weekend, Olaf Kolzig will start tomorrow night. Left wing Randy Pearce broke his ankle Wednesday night in Hershey. Once again, the Bears are loaded with veterans like Mark Freer, Tim Tookey, Brian Dobbin and Dave Fenyves, but have lost Ross Fitzpatrick, Don Biggs, Ray Allison and Don Nachbaur. The Jacks defeated the Bears twice in preseason, 7-6 and 5-4.