Joe Louis Arena
There's actually a hockey game today. Surprise!
It's always special when the Pens play the Wings, no matter who's suiting up or when or where the game takes place. The Pens are in the middle of the toughest stretch of the year so far, so they'll need a big effort tonight and for the rest of the year. This stretch is perfect training for the playoffs.
Know your enemy: Nightmare on Helm Street
What they're saying about the Red Wings:
This home stretch is just what this team needs. They don't play back-to-back games which will really help our depleted lineup rest in between contests. With San Jose breathing right down our necks, let's hope that Detroit can use the home ice advantage to help cancel out the desperation of some of the opponents they will face.
Season series: Penguins Lead 1-0
Last meeting: January 18, 2011 - Penguins Won 4-1
What we said in our recap:
This game was a lot like the movie Little Giants, except the Cowboys won the big game and there weren't any future lesbians on the field. An actual line for the Red Wings in this game: Tomas Tatar - Justin Abdelkader - Jan Mursak. Ouch. This game was a lot like the Wild game. Only difference is the Pens won. Seems strange that a Wings/Pens game would be devoid of emotion, but this game was. There wasn't even a play where Johan Franzen got injured and the Red Wings could blame the Pens.
EDIT: Cooke has been suspended for the rest of the season and the first round of the playoffs.
Arron Asham will be in today.
Brent Johnson will be in net.
Something about Matt Cooke.
Disco says Orpik will be back before the end of the season.
Crosby skated again.
Red Wings notes:
Henrik Zetterberg wants Cooke suspended for the season and the playoffs.
Pavel Datsyuk, Johan Franzen and Jiri Hudler will all be out for the Wings.
Favorite Red Wings-related Photoshop or gif:
Not a Photoshop. That's why it's awesome.
Gotta post it:
A Guess At The Penguins lines:
James Neal - Dustin Jeffrey - Alexei Kovalev
Chris Kunitz - Jordan Staal - Tyler Kennedy
Arron Asham - Max Talbot - Pascal Dupuis
Mike Rupp - Craig Adams - Chris Conner
Paul Martin - Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen - Kris Letang
Ben Lovejoy - Deryk Engelland
Red Wings Lines from Empty Netters:
Dan Cleary - Henrik Zetterberg - Todd Bertuzzi
Valtteri Filppula - Tomas Holmstrom - ?
Drew Miller - Mike Modano - Justin Abdelkader
Kris Draper - Darren Helm - Patrick Eaves
Nicklas Lidstrom - Brad Stuart
Niklas Kronwall - Jonathan Ericsson
Jakub Kindl - Brian Rafalski
"Gentlemen! Let's plow the road!"