Morning Skate: Red Wings vs Penguins

Game 38

6pm EST, Joe Louis Arena

Detroit, MI

TV: Fox Sports Detroit

Radio: 97.1 The Ticket

Penguins Blog: Pensburgh

Ah, it's good to be back in action. The Wings had a restful day off and after sending amateur replacement players in for two games, the Red Wings are well rested, energized, motivated, and ready to get back to playing hockey. Coach Blashill wasn't impressed with the the last 2 games, and neither was anyone else. Everyone at WIIM had to rage nap after that last performance.

It's a new day however, and a chance to send 2015 into the past on a happy note. It's time to burn the tape, ditch the clownshoes, and take some of that frustration out on the Penguins, who lost 3-2 to the Maple Leafs last night in a shootout. The flightless birds are without Marc-Andre Fleury who has a concussion, and Pascal Dupuis and Beau Bennett who are also injured. I don't know who about a third of their roster is, but I do know Kevin Porter, who was the Griffins 4th leading scorer last year... So congratulations on your hat trick tonight, Kev.

There's a lot of talking about how the Wings need to play a whole lot better than the last two game, but the rubber hits the ice tonight and I want action, not words.

Line Combinations

Red Wings' Lineup


Justin Abdelkader Henrik Zetterberg Dylan Larkin
Brad Richards Pavel Datsyuk Darren Helm
Gustav Nyquist Riley Sheahan Tomas Tatar
Tomas Nosek Luke Glendening Tomas Jurco


Niklas Kronwall Danny DeKeyser
Brendan Smith Mike Green
Jakub Kindl Alexey Marchenko


Petr Mrazek
Jimmy Howard

Scratches: Joakim Andersson

Injuries: Johan Franzen, Teemu Pulkkinen, Drew Miller, Jonathan Ericsson, Kyle Quincey

Pittsburgh's Expected Lineup


Chris Kunitz Sidney Crosby Conor Sheary
David Perron Evgeny Malkin Patric Hornqvist
Scott Wilson Nick Bonino Phil Kessel
Kevin Porter Matt Cullen Eric Fehr


Olli Maatta Kris Letang
Brian Dumoulin Ben Lovejoy
Ian Cole Trevor Daley


Jeff Zatkoff
Matt Murray

17-15-4 (38pts 5th Metro) Record 18-12-7(43 pts, 4th Atlantic)
2.23 (28th in NHL) Goals Per Game 2.51 (20th in NHL)
2.40 (23rd) Goals Against Per Game 2.59 (15th)
16.2% (28th) Power Play % 18.2% (18th)
83.3% (6th) Penalty Kill % 81.0% (13th)
Evgeny Malkin (17) Goal Leader Dylan Larkin (13)
Evgeny Malkin (31) Points Leader Henrik Zetterberg (28)


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.