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Pittsburgh coming off two straight shutout wins; Detroit looking for first victory in 11 games

by Dave Hogg / Independent Correspondent

PENGUINS (16-9-4) at RED WINGS (7-20-3)



The Game

The Detroit Red Wings will try for their first win in 11 games when they host the Pittsburgh Penguins at Little Caesars Arena on Saturday.

Detroit is 0-8-2 in its past 10 games, including losing eight straight in regulation while being outscored 37-12.

Pittsburgh has won five of its past seven games, including shutout wins in its past two against the St. Louis Blues (3-0) on Wednesday and Arizona Coyotes (2-0) on Friday. Goalie Matt Murray is expected to start in place of Tristan Jarry, who has a shutout streak of 144:51.


Players to watch

Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin has 16 points (five goals, 11 assists) in his past 10 games and is two goals shy of 400 in the NHL.

Red Wings center Dylan Larkin has a goal and an assist in his past two games after being held without a point in his previous seven games.


They said it

"Tristan has played extremely well. In his last handful of starts, we feel that he's been very good and deserving of the starts we've been giving him. He's seeing the puck really well and tracking it. I'm sure his confidence is high, because success usually breeds confidence." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan on starting goalie Tristan Jarry in five of the past seven games

"He's just a hockey player. He battles, he plays hard, he blocks shots and he scores goals. He's got a speed to his game where he's always in every battle and when he's there, he's getting his stick on the puck, or a skate, or a glove -- getting something on the puck." -- Red Wings center Dylan Larkin on linemate Tyler Bertuzzi


Penguins projected lineup

Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Bryan Rust

Dominik Kahun -- Jared McCann -- Stefan Noesen

Zach Aston-Reese -- Teddy Blueger -- Brandon Tanev

Alex Galchenyuk -- Sam Lafferty -- Dominik Simon

John Marino -- Kris Letang

Jack Johnson -- Justin Schultz

Marcus Pettersson -- Chad Ruhwedel

Matt Murray

Tristan Jarry

Scratched: Joseph Blandisi, Juuso Riikola

Injured: Sidney Crosby (core muscle surgery), Nick Bjugstad (core muscle surgery), Brian Dumoulin (ankle surgery), Patric Hornqvist (lower body)


Red Wings projected lineup

Tyler Bertuzzi -- Dylan Larkin -- Robby Fabbri

Luke Glendening -- Valtteri Filppula -- Andreas Athanasiou

Filip Zadina -- Frans Nielsen -- Darren Helm

Brendan Perlini -- Christoffer Ehn -- Adam Erne

Patrik Nemeth -- Filip Hronek

Mike Green -- Dennis Cholowski

Dylan McIlrath -- Alex Biega

Jonathan Bernier

Eric Comrie

Scratched: Jonathan Ericsson, Madison Bowey

Injured: Danny DeKeyser (lower body), Trevor Daley (lower body), Anthony Mantha (lower body), Jimmy Howard (lower body), Justin Abdelkader (mid body)


Status report

Zadina was recalled from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Friday. Forward Taro Hirose was assigned to Grand Rapids on Tuesday.


Stat pack

Rust has 10 points (four goals, six assists) in his past seven games. … Bertuzzi has one assist in each of his past two games and leads the Red Wings with 24 points (10 goals, 14 assists).

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