12:30 PM

Mellon Arena
Listen to the game at [WXDX]
Know The Enemy:
This isn't from their gameday.
We just like it:

"Look, I like Chris Osgood. I just don't understand how anyone thinks there's a goaltending controversy at this point. Regardless of rust or how much he felt like sulking, he just wasn't good against Minnesota. It wasn't just the goals — there were definitely some sweet shots and flukey goals. Even outside that, Osgood had absolutely no confidence. He was deep in his net, he was slow getting side to side, and he wasn't stepping up when Detroit needed him to. That all definitely led to a few of those goals. Sure, whatever, blame Babcock for him not having confidence. Do whatever. But I don't know how that justifies giving him more starts.

There's just no point, with Detroit where they are in the standings, in taking such a huge gamble in Osgood. Jimmy Howard should be playing 75-80% of the games down the stretch. Osgood should get one more chance to take his job back at the end of the year, if Detroit's in the position where they can afford a few shaky games from him."

The Detroit Red Wings.
They're not the Philadelphia Flyers.
They're not the Washington Capitals.
In terms of Penguins rivals, there are a number of teams that may rank ahead of Detroit.
But, given the fact that we've met them in the Stanley Cup Final two years in a row, there's still something special about playing them.
It feel a little bit more important than just a regular game.
This will be the Red Wings final regular season appearance in Mellon Arena.
Unless history repeats itself again and the Pens and Wings meet in the Stanley Cup Final once more, this will be the Wings final skate on Igloo ice.
They've won a Stanley Cup here.
So far, they're the only team to ever win a Cup in the Igloo.
Jimmy Howard will likely be in net for the Wings.
Marc-Andre Fleury will start for the Pens.
Tyler Kennedy and Alex Goligoski could play today.
Max Talbot will not.
Nick Johnson and Mark Letestu have been called up from WBS.
The Red Wings sit one point out of a playoff spot in the West.
They've played 54 games and have 61 points.
The Calgary Flames are in 8th place.
They've played 55 games and have 62 points.
This is a big game for the Wings, but so is every other game this season as they try to make the playoffs.
Remember, the game is on NBC in the US and TSN2 in Canada.
Unless you live in one of these markets:

WAVY 10 Norfolk
WBRE 28 Scranton
WDTN 2 Dayton
WVVA 6 Beckley-Bluefield
WSMV 4 Nashville
WVTM 13 Birmingham
KKCO 11 Grand Junction
The Confluence reports that those NBC affiliates will be showing Pat Robertson’s “700 Club Telethon” instead.
Great decision.

Projected Pens Lines:
Pascal Dupuis – Sidney Crosby – Bill Guerin
Nick Johnson – Evgeni MalkinRuslan Fedotenko
Matt Cooke – Jordan Staal – Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp – Craig Adams – Mark Letestu

Brooks Orpik – Sergei Gonchar
Jay McKee – Alex Goligoski
Mark Eaton – Kris Letang

Marc-Andre Fleury

Winging It In Motown in raising money for Haiti in their game thread.
Good cause.
Meanwhile, our friends at Able to Joke are desperately trying to get us to notice them and give them a link.
Early starts make us do crazy things, like post this:

"Rosby, Rosby, Rosby. Whine. Gary. Ass. Pen(i)sblog. Handshake. 19."

Okay, that may not have been an actual quote, but either we summarize it for you or we quote from what turns out to be an entire 1000+ word post on A2Y dedicated to our blog.
On gameday.
In the middle of a playoff run.
Someone definitely has his priorities straight.
Ruslan Fedotenko is February's mustache boy.
It's a short month and it's interupted by the Olympics.
We think he got off easy.
That's right.
You don't need to post playoff footage for a Penguins/Red Wings game.
Do it.

Go Pens.