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Detroit is coming into Pittsburgh as one of the NHL's hottest teams, winning nine of their past ten games. Goalie Jimmy Howard will be back in uniform but as the backup. The start will go to Petr Mrazek, who is 13-4-1 this season and 8-2-0 since replacing an injured Howard in the first period Jan. 10 against the Washington Capitals. "Howie will be ready to go for Saturday," coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday. "I thought he was excellent at practice here today, that's a positive sign." Detroit, looking to sweep a three game road trip and win its fourth straight overall. The last time these two team squared up was back at The Joe in mid October, where the Red Wings saw goals from Zetterberg and Kronwall in the final three minutes of regulation. Justin Abdelkader then went on to score in overtime to give the Red Wings a 4-3 win. Tonight should live up to the hype of Rivalry Night, as two of the NHL's top teams go head-to-head.
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You can watch tonight's 8:00 PM matchup on NBCSN, or listen in with Ken Kal and Paul Woods on 97.1 The Ticket.