It’s always fun when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings get together, even if it is only the preseason. For Red Wings fans, they remember 2008 when the Wings won their eleventh Stanley Cup in Pittsburgh. However, Penguins fans will be quick to mention 2009 when Pittsburgh went into Detroit and won their third Stanley Cup. The two franchises will meet again tonight in Pittsburgh.
When and where: Consol Energy Center (Pittsburgh, PA); 7:00 pm/et (WPCW-TV in Pittsburgh area)
Records: Penguins (0-0-1, 1 pt.); Red Wings (0-0-0, 0 pts.)
Former Penguin alert: RW Mikael Samuelsson, Jim Paek (spent 1991-1994 with Pittsburgh, currently an assistant coach with the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL)
Penguins: D Brian Dumoulin (upper body; could miss a week), LW Bobby Farnham (lower-body), C Joe Vitale (unknown)
Red Wings: C Darren Helm (torn disc in lower back)
-Matt D’Agostini will miss tonight’s game due to his wife going into labor this afternoon.
-No Daniel Alfredsson, Johan Franzen, Stephen Weiss, or Niklas Kronwall for the Red Wings tonight.
-No Evgeni Malkin, James Neal, Rob Scuderi, or Marc-Andre Fleury for the Penguins as they all played last night in Columbus.
-Keep an eye on Olli Maatta of the Penguins and Danny DeKeyser of the Red Wings. Both are top defensive prospects for the respective franchises. Maatta has been opening eyes in camp this week.
Penguins (via penguins.nhl.com):
14 Chris Kunitz (A)-87 Sidney Crosby (C)-9 Pascal Dupuis
36 Jussi Jokinen-16 Brandon Sutter-23 Chris Conner
39 Harry Zolnierczyk-59 Jayson Megna-48 Dominik Uher
49 Brian Gibbons-40 Nick Drazenovic-27 Craig Adams
44 Brooks Orpik (A)-7 Paul Martin
58 Kris Letang-47 Simon Despres
3 Olli Maatta-5 Deryk Engelland
92 Tomas Vokoun (Will play first two periods)
31 Eric Hartzell (Will play the third period)
Red Wings (via Empty Netters)
40 Henrik Zetterberg (C)-13 Pavel Datsyuk (A)-8 Justin Abdelkader
71 Daniel Cleary-18 Joakim Andersson-37 Mikael Samuelsson
21 Tomas Tatar-41 Luke Glendening-29 Landon Ferraro
39 Anthony Mantha-70 Calle Jarnkrok-22 Jordin Tootoo
65 Danny DeKeyser-4 Jakub Kindl
27 Kyle Quincey-2 Brendan Smith
51 Brennan Evans-53 Adam Almquist
35 Jimmy Howard
34 Petr Mrazek