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Know Your Enemy: Nightmare on Helm Street
Last meeting with the Pens: March 22, 2010 - Red Wings 3-1
In our recap we said:
You have to admit it was cute. Watching the Red Wings scurrying around on their home ice, their playoff lives on the line. In front of a crowd that just does not know what to expect from their team anymore. Meanwhile, the Pens went into the Joe and pretty much looked at it as an experiment. Minus Geno, Bylsma puts Poni on Talbot's line. That was the red flag. The Pens need Talbot to come around in time for the playoffs, and Bylsma picked this game to kick him in the ass. But it was a no go. It just wasn't meant to be. The defending Second Best Team In The NHL™ just wouldn't be denied.
Season series: N/A
We're not talking about the Crosby/ASG thing anymore.
Info on the Pens/YMCA Autograph Signing Fundraiser.
Red Wings Notes:
Both Crosby and Letang voted for Lidstrom as an All-Star captain.
Joey MacDonald will be in net for the Wings.
It's injury city for Detroit.
Favorite Red Wings-Related Photoshop or Gif:
Most Annoying player on the Wings:
No way we can pick just one.
Chris Kunitz - Evgeni Malkin - Pascal Dupuis
Matt Cooke - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Mike Rupp - Max Talbot - Chris Conner
Craig Adams - Mark Letestu - Arron Asham
Brooks Orpik - Kris Letang
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Alex Goligoski - Deryk Engelland
Red Wings lines from Empty Netters
Johan Franzen - Henrik Zetterberg - Patrick Eaves
Jiri Hudler - Valtteri Filppula - Todd Bertuzzi
Kris Draper - Darren Helm - Drew Miller
Tomas Tatar - Justin Abdelkader - Jan Mursak
Nicklas Lidstrom - Niklas Kronwall
Jonathan Ericsson - Brian Rafalski
Ruslan Salei - Jakub Kindl
We have to do it:
Pens and Wings. Is it a regular season game between two teams in different conferences? Yes. Is it a rematch of the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup Finals? Yes. Is it a game between a couple franchises that are both hit hard by injuries at the moment? Yes. Is it a clash between two of the top teams in the NHL? Yes.
It's all of those things.
The Wings are always a tough opponent and the games are always entertaining.
Unfortunately, one of the enduring memories of the Igloo is that the Wings are the only team to hoist the Cup there. This is their first trip to the CONSOL that counts. The Pens need to defend their home.
"Get busy living, or get busy dying."