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Game Preview: Pens-Wings

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins / Fan Guide

Game Date

Thursday, April 4, 2019


Detroit Red Wings


Black Home Jersey

Game Time

7:00 PM

Doors Open

6:00 PM

IBEW Warm-Ups Begin

6:29 PM


PPG Paints Arena


AT&T SportsNet


105.9 FM, the X


* The Pens and Red Wings meet for the second half of a home-and-home series. The Red Wings won Tuesday's contest in Detroit, 4-1. 

* Phil Kessel scored the lone Pens goal in that contest, his 300th point with the Pens. Anthony Mantha scored 2 goals while Tyler Bertuzzi (2G-1A) and Dylan Larkin (3A) each notched 3 points. Goalie Jimmy Howard stopped 38 of 39 shots against. 

* Pittsburgh's magic number to clinch the playoffs is down to 2. Any combination of a Pens' victory or regulation loss by Montreal (vs. WSH) tonight would clinch Pittsburgh's 13th straight postseason berth. The Pens will also clinch the playoffs by earning 1 point in any fashion and Montreal surrendering 1 point in any fashion. 

* Kessel has 3 goals and 4 points in 2 games against Detroit this season. 

* Matt Cullen will skate in his 1,515th game, passing Steve Yzerman for 19th place in NHL history. 

* Sidney Crosby has points in 11 of his last 12 games against Detroit, posting 14 (5G-9A). 

* Bertuzzi was named the NHL's 2nd Star of the Week after posting 10 points (4G-6A) in 4 games last week. He continued that hot stretch with 3 more points (2G-1A) against the Pens. 

* Dylan Larkin became Detroit's 1st 30-goal scorer (32) since 2008-09 and 1st 70-point player (73) since 2010-11. Andreas Athanasiou also has 30 goals this year.

* Mantha has a 6-game point streak for 14 (7G-7A). 


PIT - Zach Aston-Reese (lower-body), Kris Letang (upper-body), Evgeni Malkin (upper-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body). 

DET - Justin Abdelkader (foot), Jonathan Bernier (upper-body), Trevor Daley (back), Jacob de la Rose (heart rate), Jonathan Ericsson (lower-body), Luke Glendening (lower-body), Mike Green (virus), Frans Nielsen (upper-body), Michael Rasmussen (upper-body), Thomas Vanek (mid-body). 

Organ Donation Awareness Night

Thursday's game is our annual Organ Donation Awareness Night presented by UPMC. Did you know one organ donor can save eight lives? To learn more or to register to be an organ donor, please visit

Pre-Game Broadcast at the Highmark Gate

On your way into the game, be sure to stop by the AT&T SportsNet pre-game show, which will air live from the Highmark Studio! Located just inside the Highmark Gate, fans are invited to gather and watch starting at 6:30 PM! The Highmark Gate is located along Centre Avenue near the Mario Lemieux statue.

Calling All RAM Truck Owners

Be sure to stop by the RAM Truck kiosk located in the Highmark Wall of Champions Hallway Thursday night behind Section 110. Simply show your RAM Truck key and you can go home with some Penguins swag while supplies last! RAM Truck is the official truck of the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Wives & Girlfriends Cookbooks On Sale

Delight your family and friends with dishes, desserts and more from "Welcome to Our Table," a cookbook created by the Pittsburgh Penguins wives and girlfriends. This 152-page cookbook provides over 70 cherished recipes with beautiful photos and stories by the ladies of the Penguins. You can pick up your copy Thursday evening at the Penguins Foundation table behind Section 104 or order online anytime at!

We've Gone Mobile!

New this season, in an effort to ensure a ticketing experience that is more convenient, safe and secure for all Penguins fans, 8½" x 11" PDF tickets (print-at-home delivery) will no longer be a valid form of entry for PPG Paints Arena events.

If you do not have a physical ticket for the game, you must present a mobile ticket on your smartphone at the gate.

 Primary tickets purchased through Ticketmaster are available via the Ticketmaster app or

Fans that received a transfer from a Penguins season ticket holder or purchased resell tickets through Ticketmaster or NHL Ticket Exchange must visit 'My Penguins Account' to manage and view mobile tickets. My Penguins Account is available in the Penguins app under 'Tickets' or online at

Mobile tickets will appear as a square QR code (see image for reference). 

For more information, please visit our Mobile Ticketing Page

Important Security Reminders

For the safety of all guests, fans will be required to pass through walk-through metal detectors upon entering PPG Paints Arena. Only small personal bags (purses, baby or diaper bags, etc.) will be permitted inside the building and all items are subject to searches upon entrance. Large bags, coolers, backpacks and sealed packages of any kind are not permitted. In addition, PPG Paints Arena allows only small, personal still-cameras equipped with a 3 inch lens or smaller. Cameras with detachable lenses or flashes are not permitted. For a complete list of frequently asked questions, please visit PPG Paints Arena's A to Z Guide.

Remember the Game with a Warm-Up Puck Souvenir

Don't miss your chance to take home an incredible souvenir! The Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation will be selling the pucks used by your favorite Penguins players in warm-ups outside of the KeyBank Club at the start of the 1st intermission on Thursday. Perfect for memories, gifts or collections, these official NHL warm-up pucks come with a display cube and a certificate of authenticity. All proceeds benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

Bid to Win with the Penguins Foundation's Game Day Auction

Stop by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation's Game Day Auction located outside of the KeyBank Club near Section 104 to see what unique items are being featured at Thursday's game! Text PENS to 52182 to place your bid on these items and more! Proceeds benefit the Foundation's community and youth initiatives.

Love Your Melon

USE YOUR HEAD TO CARE FOR KIDS! Purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation's Love Your Melon beanie and help the Pens Foundation gift a new state-of-the-art Care Mobile to Ronald McDonald House right here in Pittsburgh! The Care Mobile is a 40-foot vehicle built specifically for the delivery of pediatric health care to children in under-served communities in our region. Every beanie sold helps us to bring the Care Mobile to life, so visit us behind Section 104 or visit us online at to do your part and purchase your beanie today!

Upgrade Your Game Using the Penguins App

Pittsburgh Penguins fans in attendance can get the VIP treatment with Upgrade Your Game! Upgrade Your Game offers fans access to once-in-a-lifetime Penguins experiences like Lexus Club guest passes, premium seat upgrades and more! Simply download the Penguins app and register today under the "Upgrade Your Game" section within the "Tickets" menu!

Go Home a Winner with the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation 50/50 Raffle

Pick up your tickets for the Penguins Foundation 50/50 raffle for a chance to win Thursday's jackpot. The more you play the more it pays. Proceeds from this season's raffles benefit the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the numerous charitable organizations it supports through grants. Over $1.1 million was raised during the 2017-18 season. Visit one of the concourse kiosks or watch for ticket sellers in green through the second intermission - the winning number will be announced in the third period.

Uber Drop-off & Pick-up Area Now Available

Uber will help you skate past the parking lot crowds with a special drop-off and pick-up area off of Fullerton Street on Wylie Avenue - across from PPG Paints Arena's Verizon Gate!

Click here for details.

Plus, get $15 off your first ride with code PENGUINS18 until 06.01.19!

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