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Preview: Red Wings at Penguins

Detroit's Mike Green out with illness; Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz to miss second straight game

by Wes Crosby / NHL.com Correspondent

RED WINGS (23-25-10) at PENGUINS (36-13-8)

3 p.m. ET; NBC, NHL.TV

 
Red Wings team scope

The Detroit Red Wings will look to win their second consecutive game after losing their previous five (0-4-1). Goalie Petr Mrazek is expected to start his second straight game after making 34 saves in a 3-2 shootout win against the Washington Capitals on Saturday to end his four-game losing streak (0-3-1). Detroit is 7-0 in the shootout this season. "[Thomas] Vanek and [Frans] Nielsen help us a lot," captain Henrik Zetterberg said. "We haven't been very good in shootouts in the past, but they are scoring and catching us up for those years." Defenseman Mike Green (illness) will miss his second straight game. The Red Wings enter Sunday tied for last in the Eastern Conference with the Carolina Hurricanes (56 points).

 
Penguins team scope

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz will miss a second game after sustaining a concussion Thursday in a 4-3 overtime win against the Winnipeg Jets. Schultz and defenseman Olli Maatta, who is expected to miss six weeks after he had surgery to repair a hand injury sustained against Winnipeg, each missed a 2-1 overtime loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday. Without Schultz and Maatta, Pittsburgh inserted defenseman Chad Ruhwedel into a pair with Ian Cole and had defenseman Steve Oleksy next to Trevor Daley. Ruhwedel and Oleksy are expected to remain in those spots against Detroit. Goalie Matt Murray will start a second straight game after backing up Marc-Andre Fleury on Thursday. Murray is 4-0-2 with 10 goals allowed and one shutout in his past six starts. Forward Carl Hagelin will play his second game since returning from a concussion. He had five shots on goal against Columbus. "I think his speed has such an influence on the game," coach Mike Sullivan said on Friday. "It helps his line. He chases pucks down. He puts defensemen under pressure." The Penguins have 80 points and are in second in the Metropolitan Division, five points behind the Washington Capitals and one ahead of the Blue Jackets. They are on a nine-game point streak (6-0-3). Center Sidney Crosby will attempt to rebound from being held without a point Friday after he scored in overtime and had two assists and three points, including his 1,000th in the NHL, against the Winnipeg Jets on Thursday.

 
Red Wings projected lineup

Tomas Tatar -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Anthony Mantha

Andreas Athanasiou -- Frans Nielsen -- Thomas Vanek

Justin Abdelkader -- Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin

Luke Glendening -- Riley Sheahan -- Steve Ott

Danny DeKeyser -- Xavier Ouellet

Brendan Smith -- Niklas Kronwall

Nick Jensen -- Ryan Sproul

Jared Coreau

Petr Mrazek

Scratched: Tomas Jurco

Injured: Jimmy Howard (knee), Jonathan Ericsson (wrist), Mike Green (illness)

Suspended: Gustav Nyquist

 
Penguins projected lineup

Chris Kunitz -- Sidney Crosby -- Jake Guentzel

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Patric Hornqvist

Scott Wilson -- Nick Bonino -- Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Matt Cullen -- Eric Fehr

Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang

Ian Cole -- Chad Ruhwedel

Steve Oleksy -- Trevor Daley

Matt Murray

Marc-Andre Fleury

Scratched: Carter Rowney

Injured: Conor Sheary (upper body), Bryan Rust (upper body), Justin Schultz (concussion), Olli Maatta (hand)

 
Status report

Sproul entered Detroit's lineup with Green out Saturday and could play again Sunday. … The Penguins canceled their Saturday practice. Any lineup changes won't be disclosed until Sunday afternoon.

 
Who's hot

Zetterberg has four goals and 12 points in his past 11 games. He assisted on each of Detroit's goals Saturday. … Kessel has seven goals and 10 points in his past 10 games. Before being held without a point Friday, he scored one goal in each of his previous four games.

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