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Pittsburgh tries to gain in Metropolitan; Detroit out to end 1-12-1 skid

by Dave Hogg / Correspondent

PENGUINS (43-27-6) at RED WINGS (27-38-11)



The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to move closer to first place in the Metropolitan Division when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

The Penguins are five points behind the Washington Capitals with six games remaining.

Pittsburgh has alternated wins and losses in their past nine games, going 5-2-2, including a 5-4 overtime win against the Philadelphia Flyers on Sunday.

Detroit has lost three straight and 13 of its past 14 games (1-12-1) and hasn't won in regulation since a 3-1 victory against the Carolina Hurricanes on Feb. 24. 


Players to watch

Pittsburgh forward Evgeni Malkin has 29 points (12 goals, 17 assists) in his past 19 games and leads the Penguins with 92 points (42 goals, 50 assists) in 72 games.

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has three points (two goals, one assist) in his past two games, including a goal and an assist a 4-2 loss to the Montreal Canadiens on Monday.


They said it

"It's strange not seeing the Red Wings in the playoff race after what they did for so many years. It is so hard to make it to that level in this league, and they stayed there for 25 years. That's amazing." -- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby

"No one wants to lose. It is hard to be in this position, and the only way to get out of it is to keep working hard and not think about it too much." -- Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Conor Sheary -- Derick Brassard -- Phil Kessel

Tom Kuhnhackl -- Riley Sheahan -- Dominik Simon

Jamie Oleksiak -- Kris Letang

Brian Dumoulin -- Justin Schultz

Olli Maatta -- Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: Matt Hunwick

Injured: Zach Aston-Reese (upper body), Carter Rowney (upper body)


Red Wings projected lineup 

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Henrik Zetterberg -- Gustav Nyquist

Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Justin Abdelkader -- Frans Nielsen -- Andreas Athanasiou

Evgeny Svechnikov -- Luke Glendening -- Martin Frk

Jonathan Ericsson -- Trevor Daley

Danny DeKeyser -- Nick Jensen

Niklas Kronwall -- Joe Hicketts

Jimmy Howard

Jared Coreau

Scratched: Luke Witkowski, Xavier Ouellet, David Booth

Injured: Mike Green (neck)


Status report

The Penguins held an optional skate. … The Red Wings recalled Hicketts from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Monday. He made his NHL debut Jan. 22, playing 15:13 of ice time and was plus-1 in a 3-0 win against the New Jersey Devils.


Stat pack

Crosby has 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in his past nine games. … The Red Wings have scored two goals or fewer in seven of their past 10 games.

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