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Pittsburgh can clinch playoff berth with victory; Detroit trying for sixth straight win

by Dave Hogg / NHL.com Correspondent

PENGUINS (43-25-11) at RED WINGS (31-38-10)

7:30 p.m. ET; FS-D+, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Pittsburgh Penguins can clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs when they play the Detroit Red Wings at Little Caesars Arena on Tuesday.

Pittsburgh will reach the postseason with a win and move into a tie for second place with the New York Islanders in the Metropolitan Division with two games to play. The Penguins also would clinch if they get one point and either the Montreal Canadiens lose to the Tampa Bay Lightning in any fashion or the Carolina Hurricanes lose to the Toronto Maple Leafs in regulation. Pittsburgh would also clinch if Montreal loses in regulation.

The Red Wings have a season-best five straight wins. It's their longest streak since they won six in a row from Oct. 17-27, 2016.

 

Players to watch

Penguins center Sidney Crosby has two assists in his past eight games after he had 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists) in his previous 17 games.

Red Wings forward Tyler Bertuzzi has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in a four-game point streak.

 

They said it

"We've got nothing guaranteed right now. We've got to keep the urgency that we've been playing with in the last couple weeks and we have to sustain it through the rest of the season. We've got to get ourselves into the postseason before we worry about anything else." -- Penguins captain Sidney Crosby

"I think the young [defensemen] have done a good job of being steady on the blue line. They don't have to be perfect, especially when we are getting excellent goaltending, but they have to be able to avoid the big mistakes." -- Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill

 

Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust

Jared McCann -- Teddy Blueger -- Phil Kessel

Dominik Simon -- Nick Bjugstad -- Patric Hornqvist

Adam Johnson -- Matt Cullen -- Garrett Wilson

Olli Maatta -- Justin Schultz

Jack Johnson -- Erik Gudbranson

Marcus Pettersson -- Zach Trotman

Matt Murray

Casey DeSmith

Scratched: None

Injured: Evgeni Malkin (upper body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper body), Zach Aston-Reese (lower body), Kris Letang (upper body), Brian Dumoulin (lower body)

 

Red Wings projected lineup

Darren Helm -- Dylan Larkin -- Anthony Mantha

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Andreas Athanasiou -- Dominic Turgeon

Martin Frk -- Christoffer Ehn -- Taro Hirose

Matt Puempel -- Ryan Kuffner

Niklas Kronwall -- Madison Bowey

Joe Hicketts -- Filip Hronek

Dylan McIlrath -- Luke Witkowski

Jake Chelios

Jimmy Howard

Kaden Fulcher

Scratched: None

Injured: Thomas Vanek (mid body), Michael Rasmussen (upper body), Trevor Daley (back), Justin Abdelkader (leg), Mike Green (virus), Jacob de la Rose (accelerated heartbeat), Jonathan Ericsson (lower body), Frans Nielsen (head), Jonathan Bernier (upper body), Danny DeKeyser (lower body)

 

Status report

Dumoulin is day-to-day. ... Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill agreed to a two-year contract Tuesday.

 

Stat pack

Guentzel has 16 points (nine goals, seven assists) in his past 15 games. … Larkin has eight points (five goals, three assists) during a five-game point streak. Mantha has 12 points (five goals, seven assists) during a five-game point streak.

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