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NHL: Detroit Red Wings at Pittsburgh Penguins Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

3 ET, PPG Paints Arena

Pittsburgh, PA

TV: NBC

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Pens Blog: Pensburgh

Don’t look now... but here come the Red Wings.

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Just kidding. Yesterday was surely a nice win though. With the way this season has gone so far, I’ll definitely enjoy the W’s when they happen. One could argue the Red Wings are better off losing every game and getting the highest pick possible, but whatever. I’m a fan and I like winning. Beating the Capitals brought a smile to my face and I’d enjoy that feeling again this afternoon against the Penguins.

In fact, today would be a GREAT day for Brendan Smith to showcase any hockey-related talents he might have hidden away. The trade deadline is coming quickly. The best plan for today would be a victory for the Wings with many goals and assists from Smith and Thomas Vanek.

We’ll see if Mike Green returns to the lineup today. He missed yesterday’s game due to illness. It’s expected that Petr Mrazek will be between the pipes once again. We’ll see if Tomas Jurco gets back into a game as well. All lineup decisions will probably be made after warm-ups this afternoon.

Detroit Expected Lineup

Forwards

Tomas Tatar Henrik Zetterberg Anthony Mantha
Andreas Athanaisou Frans Nielsen Thomas Vanek
Justin Abdelkader Darren Helm Dylan Larkin
Luke Glendening Riley Sheahan Steve Ott

Defensemen

Danny DeKeyser Xavier Ouellet
Brendan Smith Niklas Krownall
Nick Jensen Ryan Sproul

Goaltenders

Petr Mrazek
Jared Coreau

Pittsburgh Expected Lineup

Forwards

Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Jake Guentzel
Carl Hagelin Evgeni Malkin Patric Hornqvist
Scott Wilson Nick Bonino Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl Matt Cullen Eric Fehr

Defensemen

Brian Dumoulin Kris Letang
Ian Cole Chad Ruhwedel
Steven Oleksy Trevor Daley

Goaltenders

Matt Murray
Marc-Andre Fleury

Game Day Prediction Contest

Would you like to predict the outcome of the game and potentially become internet famous? Well you're in luck, because here's your opportunity. Here's how it works.

Make your game predictions on the winning team, final score, and who the Wings player of the game will be. Enter the required information into the form below using the formats indicated in the questions. If you don't use those formats, your answers will be disregarded. All submissions are timestamped and will be accepted only until the official game start time. All other submissions after that will be disregarded. Only one submission per person, please. POTG will be determined by the collective of WiiM writers.

Each correct winning team prediction is worth 1 point. Each correct player of the game prediction is worth 2 points. Each correct final score prediction is worth 5 points. If you get all three correct you'll receive 15 points.

Let’s Go Red Wings.