Hellloooooooo everybodyyyy, tonight the Penguins (29-13-5) play game two of their back-to-back when they head over to Detroit to take on the Red Wings (12-32-3). Puck is set to drop from Little Caesars Arena just after 7:30PM.
Death, taxes, and losing in Boston. The three guarantees in life. The Penguins fell to the Bruins last night by a score of 4-1. They're now 0-7-1 at T.D. Garden dating back to 2015 when Mike Sullivan took over. The Penguins scored just 24 seconds in when Sidney Crosby ripped a slapper past goaltender Jaroslav Halak but that would be it. Pittsburgh would find themselves in penalty trouble and really couldn't do much for the rest of the game. Honestly though, the Bruins are a scumbag organization. There were several after the whistle scrums last night and even a fight between Patric Hornqvist and Torey Krug. Don't worry though, if you missed all the action last night you'll be able to catch the Pens losing to the Bruins again...this time at home on Sunday afternoon.
Shifting gears to the Red Wings...uh to start, they're absolutely terrible. They enter play tonight last in the league standings wise with just 27 points and a record of 12-32-3. For comparisons sake, the next closest team, the Ottawa Senators have 40 points. Detroit is badddddd...like really bad. The Wings are currently on a two game slide and lost their last time out by a score of 8-2 to the New York Islanders. Although Detroit is terrible, this has letdown game written all over it for the Penguins. It's the second game of their back-to-back after they just got their asses kicked in Boston...buckle up because this one won't be easy.
The Red Wings have a back-to-back beginning tonight with the Pens. They host the Panthers tomorrow night so they'll likely use both goaltenders like most normal teams do. Jonathan Bernier is their 'starter' so I wouldn't be surprised if they turned to him tonight and Howard tomorrow but honestly who the hell knows and most importantly, who the hell cares. Bernier has appeared in 28 games this season and has a record of 10-12-2 with a save percentage of .904 and a goals against average of 2.99. For the Penguins, it should be obvious, but expect Matt Murray in goal. Honestly, if Murray plays well tonight, I wouldn't rule out him starting against the Bruins on Sunday.
The Penguins are 3-1-0 against the Red Wings dating back to last season.
Pittsburgh beat Detroit 5-3 this season back on December 7th. They'll play one more time this season in Pittsburgh on February 16th.
In his last 4 games against the Red Wings, Matt Murray is 3-1 with a 2.26 goals against average and a .922 save percentage.
Tyler %$#@&*^ Bertuzzi leads the Wings in points with 34 (16G, 18A) in 47 games. That's how you know they're bad.
Red Wings forward Filip Zadina has been up and down more than a slut in South Side.
I honestly forgot they were still paying Henrik Zetterberg and he was still 'on the team.' Zetterberg retired due to a back condition, however, he is still signed through the 2020-2021 season. If they were the Blackhawks, surely they would have traded him for some elite talent through some unreal loophole.
Per the Penguins, they are 11-9-1 in back-to-back games this season.
Also per the Penguins...since this is their 'Father's Trip', they are 11-7-3 all-time on these trips. So dads = wins.
Jack Johnson recorded the 300th assist of his NHL career on Crosby's goal last night. The internet was probably mad about that.
Speaking of mad...Bruins forward Chris Wagner is a scumbag and I wish him all the worst in the world.
I'm aware that Anthony Mantha isn't playing for the Wings tonight. He's out 4 weeks with a rib injury. Didn't know that when I made this graphic so settle down.