Detroit Red Wings (38-27-14) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (50-24-5)
NBCSN, TSN2 – 8:00 pm/et
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
The last time these two teams played, it was a mess. The Pens scored more goals then the Wings, but they scored some of them on their own net, so they lost. This game means something for the Red Wings and basically nothing to the Pens, but it would be nice to see them play well against a potential first round opponent.
There’s a 57.3% chance that these teams will meet in the first round, but a Pens win tonight makes that a bit less likely.
Don’t forget that Kris Letang will be back tonight, so that’s pretty good. Crosby, Kunitz and Maatta should be back too.
STATS, INFO & NOTES:
Penguins: Sidney Crosby (36G, 66A: 102P)
Red Wings: Daniel Alfredsson (18G, 30A: 48P)
Penguins: Marc-Andre Fleury (38-18-4, 2.34 GAA, .917 Sv%)
Red Wings: Jonas Gustavsson (16-5-3, 2.62 GAA, .909 Sv%)
Penguins: Defeated Colorado Avalanche 3-2 [SO].
Red Wings: Defeated Buffalo Sabres 4-2.
Red Wings: 6-3-1
“We’re going to keep saying it until we either have it or until we back our way into the playoffs: one more point secures another postseason for the Detroit Red Wings. Can they get it done tonight against the Pittsburgh Penguins?
It’s a really simple formula tonight. Win and you’re in. Lose, and . . . let’s not think about that right now. The Red Wings have a fantastic opportunity in front of them, and it’s up to them to seize it. I have to ask though: wouldn’t it just cap off this particular regular season so well that they clinch a playoff spot with an overtime/ shootout loss?”
What Happened Last Time: March 20, 2014. Pens lost 5-4 [OT].[Our Recap]
“This game went from the Penguins looking like crap, to looking like the ’98 Red Wings, to looking like a ’90s teenage girl’s face after hearing the latest Jewel song.
The Penguins put three goals in their own net, but you can’t take anything away from the Red Wings. You make your own luck, and the Wings did what they needed to do. They are even more beat-up than the Penguins, and they found a way to sneak out a huge 2 points. In the grand scheme of things, this game was more about the Red Wings winning it than it was the Penguins losing it.”
Penguins Player(s) to Watch: Kris Letang. We’ll worry about him all night.
Red Wings Player(s) to Watch: Pavel Datsyuk. We’ll worry about him all night… for different reasons. (Because he’s good at hockey.)
Gif that Seems Appropriate for Today’s Game:
Pittsburgh Penguins lines from Daily Faceoff:
Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Beau Bennett
Brian Gibbons – Jussi Jokinen – James Neal
Tanner Glass – Brandon Sutter – Lee Stempniak
Taylor Pyatt – Craig Adams – Adam Payerl
Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen – Olli Maatta
Kris Letang – Rob Scuderi
Detroit Red Wings lines from Daily Faceoff:
Justin Abdelkader – Pavel Datsyuk – Johan Franzen
Gustav Nyquist – Riley Sheahan – Tomas Tatar
Darren Helm – David Legwand – Daniel Alfredsson
Drew Miller – Luke Glendening – Tomas Jurco
Niklas Kronwall – Brendan Smith
Kyle Quincey – Dan DeKeyser
Jakub Kindl – Brian Lashoff