Morning Skate: Detroit Red Wings @ Pittsburgh Penguins – Preview, How to Watch
Time: 5:00 p.m. ET
Location: PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: ATTSN-PT, BSDETX
Radio: 97.1 FM The Ticket
Penguin Blog: PensBurgh
Detroit has really struggled to put together a consistent effort lately. Too often it looks like the attack will show up, but the defence/goalkeeper will let them down. Or on days when their overworked goaltenders bring their “A” game, the offense gets guarded on its own or struggles to find an offensive push. They’re going to have to dig deep to find a complete game if they want to win in Pittsburgh tonight as the Penguins are seventh in the league in goal differential and second in the Metro Division with 88 points in 66 games. Looking at their individual stats, the usual suspects are on top with Jake Guentzel leading the team in goals with 31 and Sidney Crosby leading the team in assists and points with 43 and 66 respectively. Tristan Jarry has had a great season in goal for the Penguins, appearing in 51 of their 66 games so far (32 winners) while maintaining a .921 save percentage. They’ve been as good at home as they are on the road, while Detroit continues to struggle away from Little Caesars Arena.
While Pittsburgh had the day off yesterday after a tough 5-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Friday, expect the Penguins to come out of the gate with a ton of energy and try to take advantage of a Detroit team that has struggled with giving up first base and starting on time all season. It will be a tough win for Detroit today, but a gutsy win today could give this team a lot of confidence going into the final month of the season.