Preseason Gameday 1 – Red Wings

Detroit Red Wings Presented by Amway (0-0-0) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (0-0-0)

7:00 pm/et

TV: ROOT Sports


CONSOL Energy Center

Season Series: 0-0-0

Last Meeting: March 21, 2011. Penguins won 5-4 [SO]

What we said in our recap:

We're at the point of the season where certain things start to define themselves. And a lot of "what if's" start getting thrown around.

Like what if James Neal just needed that shootout game winner to get going? What if games like the Detroit game are signs of things to come in the playoffs? And most important, what if Matt Cooke didn't get suspended for the rest of the season? Maybe something is supposed to happen because of it. Or maybe the Pens will get steamrolled in the first round. No clue. But you get the point. This is the whole premise of the "History Will Be Made" commercials.

Know Your Enemy: Nightmare on Helm Street

What they're saying:

So tonight we will get to see how a ripped Hulder looks, if Brunnstrom can keep up, if Johnson is anything special and if Conner is as ruthless as people say he is. Plus it's our first taste of Commie22 in a Wings uni.
So no matter if this doesn't mean a thing, I'm excited, if only for the fact that one of the longest off-seasons ever is over.


Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

There's no new news on Sidney Crosby.

The Pens have veterans battling to make the roster.

TSN's Pittsburgh Penguins preview is up.

Detroit Red Wings Presented By Amway Notes:

The Red Wings have cap space.

Pavel Datsyuk will wear number 24 in the preseason in honor of Ruslan Salei.

Mike Modano is finally going to retire.


Favorite Red Wings-Related Image, Photoshop or Gif:

Also, we just got this and it's awesome:

Photoshop City:

An old classic.

Video City:

Conner is a Red Wing now.

Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Penguins.NHL.com:

Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Pascal Dupuis – Richard Park – Arron Asham
Brian Gibbons – Joe Vitale – Colin McDonald
Paul Thompson – Ryan Craig – Geoff Walker
Matt Niskanen – Paul Martin
Philip Samuelsson – Kris Letang
Carl Sneep – Joseph Morrow
Marc-Andre Fleury
Brad Thiessen

Fleury will get two periods of action and Thiessen will get one.

Detroit Red Wings Presented By Amway Lines from RedWings.NHL.com:

Danny Cleary – Pavel Datsyuk – Jiri Hudler
Patrick Eaves – Cory Emmerton – Fabian Brunnstrom
Drew Miller – Ryan Johnson – Jan Mursak
Tomas Tatar – Chris Conner – Tomas Holmstrom
Niklas Kronwall – Brad Stuart
Brendan Smith – Mike Commodore
Garnet Exelby – Logan Pyett
Jimmy Howard
Joey MacDonald


Sure it means nothing, but it's hockey. After all of the injuries and the rumors and the pain of last season, and after the long, brutal summer, hockey's back. Despite everything, tonight the puck will drop at center ice and the game we all love will return. The Detroit Red Wings are in the house. They're a different team than we remember. There's no Chris Osgood and there's no Kris Draper, so we don't have to worry about ridiculous discussions about the Hockey Hall of Fame or handshakes any longer. But they're still the Detroit Red Wings and, even though it's preseason, it will be nice to beat them. As time has gone on we've started to have some respect for the Wings, but as soon as we play them we remember why we hate them. Tonight that hate will return, even if just briefly.

It's been a long time.

Hockey has a way of making you forget. Each season it all starts fresh and everyone gets another chance. Last season was one nightmare after another after another after another. The summer went from disappointing to tragic to almost unbearable so quickly. While we were still reeling from Jagr Watch, Talbot's departure and the constant Sidney Crosby rumors, the world of hockey and the real world intersected far too many times. Rather than thinking about players and trades and signings we were talking about brain injuries and death. Those shouldn't be topics of conversation when you're discussing hockey, but this summer they were.

But now the game is back. The pain of everything that's happened recently is still there, but hockey is still there too. And tonight the puck drops once again. Sure, it's just preseason, but it's still hockey. And it's a great day for hockey.

Do It.

Go Pens.

Preseason Gameday 1 – Red Wings


7:00 PM
CONSOL Energy Center
Know the Enemy:

Sure, it's just a preseason game, but we've all been waiting for this moment.

Think of how you felt after game seven against Montreal.  As you watched the Habs celebrate on Pittsburgh ice, all you wanted in the world was to see the Pens play another hockey game.

Then think even father back than that.  Think about when Mario Lemieux first put a shovel in the ground during a ceremony for what would become the CONSOL Energy Center.  As you watched that, all you wanted in the world was to see a hockey game in that arena.

And then think about a few other moments from the past.  Like the day the Penguins declared bankruptcy, or when the slots license wasn't awarded to Isle of Capri or the time Mario Lemieux himself toured the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  At that point all you wanted was a new home for the Pittsburgh Penguins in Pittsburgh.

Now we have that home.

Everything we've been waiting for during the last few years is now here.

Sure, it's just a preseason game, but it's more than that.

It's a hockey night in Pittsburgh, and it's a great day for hockey.

Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik will dress tonight to say hello to the new arena.
The Pens line-up:
Brett Sterling – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Eric Tangradi – Mike Comrie – Evgeni Malkin
Tim Wallace – Mark Letestu – Tyler Kennedy
Ryan Craig – Joe Vitale – Jesse Boulerice

Brooks Orpik – Zbynek Michalek
Kris Letang – Brian Strait
Corey Potter – Andrew Hutchinson

Marc-Andre Fleury
Brad Thiessen
It's our first chance to see the Tangradi-Comrie-Malkin line in game action.
Brett Sterling gets a chance on the first line alongside Crosby and Dupuis.
The Wings line-up:
Johan Franzen – Valtteri Filppula – Todd Bertuzzi
Jiri Hudler – Mike Modano – Daniel Cleary
Mattias Ritola – Darren Helm – Patrick Eaves
Drew Miller – Justin Abdelkader – Aaron Downey

Brad Stuart – Jakub Kindl

Jonathan Ericsson – Ruslan Salei
Derek Meech – Brian Lashoff
Chris Osgood
Thomas McCollum
No Datsyuk, Zetterberg or Lidstrom for the Wings.
Bettman must have paid them to stay home so the Pens have a chance at winning in the new building.
Make sure you give Chris Osgood a nice welcome to the CONSOL Energy Center.
All six preseason games will air on the Pens HD Radio station.
Mike Lange will call the game tonight.
For future gameday posts, if you want to send in arena pictures, Photoshops or anything else, send them to penguinsexperience@gmail.com.
Make the subject of your email "Gameday."
Tonight, for the first time in Penguins history, the team will play a home game in a venue other than the Igloo.  For the first time, thousands of dedicated, excited Pens fans will file through the doors of the CONSOL Energy Center ready to cheer their team to victory.
Across the street sits the Civic Arena.  She has done her job well for years and her time is coming to an end.  She knows those thousands of fans and hundreds of thousands of other fans just like them.  She's been there for the ups and the downs, the highs and the lows.  Tonight she'll hear the roar of the crowd when a goal is scored and she'll know she's done her job well.  Tonight she will watch as the torch is passed.
The CONSOL Energy Center is the dream we've all hoped for.  It's the new palace of hockey in this town.  And now it's time to do our job and fill it with noise and make it home.  The Detroit Red Wings are in town; the only team to raise the Stanley Cup inside the Igloo.  They need to know that this is our new home and that we will defend it.
Is it preseason?  Definitely.  Tonight's game means nothing in the grand scheme of things, but to us it means more than that.  It means welcoming the team to our new building.  It means continuing old traditions and starting new ones.  It means hockey.
And that's it.  Plain and simple, it means hockey.  Hockey is back in Pittsburgh.  Not Kansas City or Hamilton or Las Vegas.  Pittsburgh.
"Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."
Do It.
Go Pens.