12:30p ET, CONSOL Energy Center
Radio: 97.1 The Ticket
Welcome to NHL Hockey Sunday. It is a very special day, not because we are all reminded of "subtle interference" or how the Red Wings and Penguins met each other in the playoffs in back-to-back years and both won a Cup. No, it is special because I am traveling to Pittsburgh to attend the game with a fellow SB Nationer from Pensburgh.
Detroit is 1-1-0 this season against Pittsburgh. Both teams are sitting in similar spots in their divisions, so I think it's a pretty decent match-up as always. But you know, early-starts aren't really the Red Wings' forte.
The Red Wings played their worst game of the season yesterday. To say it was an embarrassment would be an understatement. They played a chicken-shit hockey game against a bad team. If they come out like that against Pittsburgh, even without Sidney Crosby, it's going to be ugly. That being said, I look forward to this game and I hope that yesterday served as a gigantic wake-up call for the boys.
The Expected Lineups
|Tomas Tatar||Pavel Datsyuk||Luke Glendening|
|Justin Abdelkader||Henrik Zetterberg||
|Teemu Pulkkinen||Riley Sheahan
|Drew Miller||Joakim Andersson||Stephen Weiss|
|Niklas Kronwall||Jonathan Ericsson|
|Petr Mrazek (starting)|
Scratches: Daniel Cleary & Jakub Kindl, Tomas Jurco
Injuries: Johan Franzen (concussion), Darren Helm (oblique strain), Alexey Marchenko (oblique strain), Jonas Gustavsson (concussion)
|David Perron||Evgeni Malkin||Patric Hornqvist|
|Chris Kunitz||Nick Spaling||Blake Comeau|
|Daniel Winnik||Brandon Sutter||Beau Bennett|
|Craig Adams||Max Lapierre||Steve Downie|
|Paul Martin||Kris Letang|
|Christian Ehrhoff||Ben Lovejoy|
|Rob Scuderi||Ian Cole|
|Marc-Andre Fleury (Starting)
|PENGUINS||THE MATCH-UP||RED WINGS|
|39-19-10 (88 pts; 3rd in Metropolitan)||Record||37-19-11 (85 pts; 3rd in Atlantic)|
|2.87 (9th NHL)||Goals Per Game||2.88 (8th in NHL)|
|2.39 (5th)||Goals Against Per Game||2.52 (12th)|
|20.0% (8th)||Power Play %||25.3% (1st)|
|85.2% (5th)||Penalty Kill %||80.7% (21st)|
|Evgeni Malkin (28 goals)||Goal Leader||Tomas Tatar (25 goals)|
|Sidney Crosby (70 points)||Points Leader||Pavel Datsyuk (57 points)|
- The Red Wings are 71-70-16 (W-L-T/OTL) all-time in the regular season against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
- Last 10 Games: Detroit 4-5-1, Pittsburgh 7-2-1
- I am going to be at this game, so if we win, you are welcome. If we lose, I am so sorry.