Morning Skate: Penguins at Red Wings

2:00p ET, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket/1270 AM

Penguins Blog: PensBurgh

It's an afternoon game against one of the hottest teams in the NHL and Niklas Kronwall is going to play and be paired with Jonathan Ericsson. Those two will probably going head-to-head with Sidney Crosby's line. I bet Luke Glendening will shadow Crosby too. This is going to be a disaster.

I'm being a bit over-dramatic with the doom & gloom. It probably won't be that bad. I do, however, have this game chalked up as a loss for the Red Wings. If they can muster up at least a point, I'll take it. Things are so tight right now, that every point counts. One regulation loss can change a whole hell of a lot.

Every team that's truly within striking distance of the Wings is in action today or tonight. Here are how things stand:

Penguins - 88 points (73 GP, @DET)

Islanders - 87 points (73 GP, vs CAR)

Bruins - 86 points (75 GP, @TOR)

Flyers - 85 points (73 GP, @ARI)

Red Wings - 85 points (74 GP, vs PIT)

Ultimately, we're big fans of Mike Babcock, Bill Peters and the Coyotes tonight. I'd really hate to see the Wings waste their opportunity to catch the Bruins. The game in Toronto might be more important than whatever happens in Arizona.

Man... please, please, please get some points today.

Detroit Expected Lineup


Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Darren Helm Pavel Datsyuk Anthony Mantha
Gus Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Andreas Athanasiou Luke Glendening Brad Richards


Brendan Smith Mike Green
Danny DeKeyser Kyle Quincey
Niklas Kronwall Jonathan Ericsson


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Teemu Pulkkinen, Tomas Jurco, Alexey Marchenko

Injuries: Drew Miller, Johan Franzen

Penguins Expected Lineup


Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Patric Hornqvist
Carl Hagelin Nick Bonino Phil Kessel
Tom Kuhnhackl Matt Cullen Bryan Rust
Conor Sheary Eric Fehr Beau Bennett


Trevor Daley Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy Brian Dumoulin
Ian Cole Justin Schultz


Marc-Andre Fleury
Matt Murray


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.