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Penguins-Red Wings Preview

GAME: Pittsburgh Penguins (8-15-6) at Detroit Red Wings (20-8-2).

TIME: Monday, 7 p.m. EST.

The high-scoring Detroit Red Wings look to push their winning streak to three games when they host the team that has allowed the most goals in the NHL, the Pittsburgh Penguins.

The Red Wings' 112 goals are third-most in the league, while the Penguins have allowed 118, the highest total in the NHL by one over Atlanta.

Detroit went 3-for-6 on the power play and defeated Washington 4-3 on Friday night. Henrik Zetterberg had two of the power-play goals to give him four total goals in his last five games.

Nicklas Lidstrom also scored with the man advantage and added two assists.

"The power play was working," Lidstrom said. "We were taking the shots when they were there."

The Wings have the league's top power play at 25.8 percent and are 5-0 when they score at least three times with the manpower advantage.

"Our power play has been good all year long and we've got good players on the net front who did a real good job for us," Detroit coach Mike Babcock said. "We've got guys who can shoot it and we've got guys who can make plays."

Brendan Shanahan leads the Wings with eight power-play goals and has two goals and two assists overall in his last two games. The 18-year veteran has a six-game point streak against Pittsburgh, with four goals and five assists during that span.

The Penguins, meanwhile, are one of the worst penalty killing teams in the league, having allowed 40 power-play goals.

Pittsburgh snapped a six-game losing streak with a 4-3 win over Colorado on Saturday night. The Penguins outshot the Avalanche 35-26 two nights after they were held to 22 shots in a 5-0 loss to Minnesota.

"We did all the little things and got timely goals, the power play chipped in and we got great penalty killing and excellent goaltending and good determination in the dressing room," Penguins coach Eddie Olczyk said. "We weren't going to settle for anything less than a win."

Pittsburgh's Mark Recchi opened the scoring with his first goal in 10 games.

Recchi hasn't been the only player struggling to find the net lately for the Penguins, who were outscored 23-9 during their six straight losses.

Sidney Crosby has only two goals in the last seven games, and Zigmund Palffy is pointless in his last four, his longest such drought since a four-game stretch from March 15-24, 1999.

Mario Lemieux will miss his third straight game after experiencing a rapid heartbeat Wednesday and being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. Lemieux hopes to be back on the ice within a week and doesn't expect to be out of the lineup long.

Pittsburgh has just two wins in its last seven trips to Joe Louis Arena.

STANDINGS (through Dec. 11): Penguins - 22 points, 5th place, 22 PB, Atlantic Division. Red Wings - 42 points, 1st place, Central Division.

TEAM LEADERS: Penguins - Crosby, 13 goals and 30 points; Palffy, 18 assists; Brooks Orpik, 49 PIM. Red Wings - Shanahan, 17 goals; Pavel Datsyuk and Jason Williams, 22 assists; Datsyuk, 32 points; Chris Chelios, 62 PIM.

SPECIAL TEAMS (through Dec. 11): Penguins - Power play: 15.7 percent (30 for 190), 21st in NHL. Penalty killing: 79.1 percent (152 for 192), 26th. Red Wings - Power play: 25.8 percent (44 for 170), 1st. Penalty killing: 85.2 percent (156 for 183), 5th.

GOALTENDERS: Penguins - Marc-Andre Fleury (2-4-1, 3.07 GAA); Jocelyn Thibault (1-8-2, 4.44). Red Wings - Chris Osgood (6-2-2, 3.09); Jimmy Howard (1-2-0, 2.36).

2003-04 SEASON SERIES: Penguins, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 18, 2003; Penguins, 4-3. At Pittsburgh, Rico Fata had two goals and three points, and Fleury made 31 saves for his first NHL victory.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Penguins - 4-7-3 on the road; Red Wings - 10-5-1 at home.

Associated Press
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