Helllllllllooooooooo evvvveryboddddddyyyyyyy, how arreeeeeeeee yaaaaa? Tonight the Penguins (43-25-11) conclude the road portion of their schedule when they take on a Detroit Red Wings (31-38-10) team that has won five straight. Puck drops at 7:30pm from Little Caesar's Arena.
The Penguins look to build off their big 3-1 victory over the Carolina FUNicanes on Sunday night. In a must-have critical game, Pittsburgh received timely goals from Garrett Freakin' Wilson, Matt Cullen and Patric Hornqvist. It was almost as if hell froze over. In addition to taking care of business on their end, the Penguins got some help in the standings last night with both the Islanders and Capitals losing. Entering play tonight, the Pens sit at 97 points which is two behind the Isles (99) and five behind the Capitals (102). With a win the Penguins will clinch a playoff berth for the 13th straight season. The Pens also clinch a spot if Montreal loses to Tampa but that's a lame way to get in. AKA tonight is the night to do the damn thing.
Detroit is bad. Everyone knew they were going to be bad, despite winning five straight this is a team that's in rebuild mode and winning tonight should be a given for the Pens. Somehow, someway, though the Red Wings are 7-3 over their last ten games and the Penguins like to play down to their competition so this could get interesting. I just noticed that the Wings have a Chelios in the lineup tonight, I assume that's Chris's son? God I feel old. Either way, the Wings are led by Dylan Larkin who has 70 points on the season (32G,38A).
Because the NHL sucks at scheduling, these teams have only played once so far this season. Pittsburgh beat the Red Wings by a score of 5-2 back in Pittsburgh on December 27th. This may surprise you but the Penguins play the Wings AGAIN this week, this time at home. Gotta love that NHL scheduling.
Expect Matt Murray to oppose (goes online to look at Detroit's roster) Jimmy Howard. Oh yeah, the former future Penguin.
The Red Wings enter tonight having won five straight. Fasten your seatbelt.
Brian Dumoulin is day-to-day (go figure) with a lower-body injury. Expect Zach Trotman back in the lineup tonight.
Jack Johnson is a top pairing defenseman again. Thank god.
The Penguins ended the month of March with a 10-3-3 record which was tied for second most wins for the month.
Jake Guentzel has eight-two goal games this year and honestly, that's a lot.
Speaking of points, Sidney Crosby has points in 10 of his last 11 games against Detroit.
Phil Kessel's next point would be his 300th as a member of the Penguins.
It's fitting that old ass Matt Cullen will skate in his 1,514th career game tonight. That will tie former Wings legend Steve Yzerman for 19th place all-time.
Speaking of Cullen, his last two goals have been game-winners. My God.
If you'e going to the game, don't get water.
Hardcare Pawn is staged.
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.