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The Penguins (43-27-6) begin their mini two game road trip tonight when they travel to Detroit to take on the Red Wings (27-38-11) from Little Caesars Arena with puck drop set for just after 7:30PM.
The Penguins are coming off a thrilling 5-4 overtime victory against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday. With the win, the Penguins managed to sweep the season series against the Flyers going 4-0 against them this year. Their first sweep over the Flyers since the 2006-2007 season. Better yet, they managed to score five plus goals in each of those four games. No this does not pertain to tonight's game, but I hate the city of Philadelphia so much and these stats need to be known.
Better yet, the Penguins are dominating the Metrosexual Division. Overall, the Pens are 16-7-2 against Metro teams, and 9-1 against the Flyers, Blue Jackets, and Capitals. We left out the Devils in the last part because well, the Penguins suck against the Devils and I would be scared to face them in the opening round of the playoffs, or any round for that matter.
The Penguins are 1-1 against the Red Wings this season. These two clubs last played on January 13th, a game in which the Penguins won, thanks to a two goal performance from Evgeni Malkin. Make no mistake, the Red Wings are terrible. Like they're awful. Over their last ten games, the Wings are 1-9-0. Therefore, it wouldn't surprise me if the Penguins got their doors blown off tonight, because that's usually how it goes. To put things into further perspective, the Penguins have a total of 92 points heading into tonight's contest while the Red Wings are sitting at 65. Yikes. Like I said, it sounds like the Penguins could easily win this one by about 69 goals, but these are the games they normally lose.
This will be the Penguins second game at Little Caesars Arena, they lost 4-1 on New Year's Eve.
Derick Brassard is riding a six game point streak, tbt to when you were probably mad that we gave up Ian Cole and Ryan Reaves to get him.
Patric Hornqvist is riding a seven game point streak over his last eight games.
Expect Matt Murray vs Jimmy Howard in goal tonight. The Wings will be playing their second game of a back-to-back, following a 4-2 loss last night in Montreal. Goalie Jared Coreau made 27 saves in the loss.
Speaking of what to expect, Zach Aston-Reese and Carter Rowney are slowly progressing in terms of health. Hopefully Aston-Reese is back and Carter Rowny is watching from the pressbox. Dominik Simon deserves a jersey over Rowney.
Per the Penguins website, the Penguins currently have three players with 80+ points (Crosby, Malkin, Kessel).
This is the first time the club has done that since the 2000-2001 season when Jaromir Jagr, Martin Straka, Robert Lang, and Alexei Kovalev did it.
Sidney Crosby is pretty good at hockey.
GIF courtesy of DK Pittsburgh Sports. What a player.
Speaking of good at hockey, Kris Letang and Conor Sheary have not been good at hockey. You can also throw Matt Murray's glove hand into this conversation as well.
Detroit is still pretty ghetto in the grand scheme of things.
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