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NHL : ATS Matchup
Thursday 3/20/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore



PITTSBURGH (45-19-0-4, 94 pts.) at DETROIT (31-24-0-13, 75 pts.)
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Thursday, 3/20/2014 7:35 PM
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9PITTSBURGH-125Ov 5.5,+100-145Ov 5.5,+100
10DETROIT+105Un 5.5,-120+125Un 5.5,-120
PITTSBURGH - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games45-23-0+10.845-23+10.832-303.130.02.528.8
Team Stats (Road Games)20-16-0-0.320-16-0.314-182.827.92.728.4
Last 5 Games3-2-0+0.43-2+0.42-32.626.82.234.6
PITTSBURGH Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)68214607472812203710.5%2295524.0%363
Team Stats (Road Games)3610127323757100510.0%1273023.6%163
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)513643001349.7%1715.9%22
Stats Against (All Games) 1684756614519608.6%2102813.3%279
Stats Against (Road Games) 972927392310239.5%1221814.8%161
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 11740001736.4%16425.0%19
PITTSBURGH - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)54541484136091.6%635-19+7.435-19-0+1022-27
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Road Games)262669963190.3%313-13-2.913-13-008-15
MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)4411810992.4%22-2-0.32-2-001-3
TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
TOMAS VOKOUN (Road Games)00000.0%00-000-0-000-0
JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)161447343491.8%010-4+3.410-4-0+310-3
JEFF ZATKOFF (Road Games)101032129591.9%07-3+2.67-3-0+26-3
JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)4313212493.9%02-1+12-1-0+12-1

DETROIT - Current Season Performance
 Straight UpAgainst SpreadTeamOpponent
All Games31-37-0-12.331-37-12.328-342.630.12.829.6
Team Stats (Home Games)14-19-0-11.614-19-11.614-152.531.22.929.2
Last 5 Games2-3-0-12-3-10-51.428.82.830.6
DETROIT Team Statistics
 Scoring    Shots On GoalPower Plays 
Team Stats (All Games)6817861565381020478.7%2394117.2%291
Team Stats (Home Games)33832631215610288.1%1252318.4%135
Team Stats (Last 5 Games)57312111444.9%1915.3%8
Stats Against (All Games) 190475575131420149.4%2494016.1%302
Stats Against (Home Games) 962524398796310.0%1182117.8%151
Stats Against (Last 5 Games) 142210001539.2%15213.3%22
DETROIT - Goalie Statistics
 Goalie StatisticsTeam's record in starts
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)242465759991.2%116-8+7.816-8-0+813-9
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Home Games)131333230090.4%08-5+2.28-5-0+47-5
JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)44998989.9%13-1+2.23-1-0+22-2
JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)41391197109291.2%214-25-16.314-25-0-1515-20
JIMMY HOWARD (Home Games)201855150291.1%06-12-10.96-12-0-107-8
JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)4411610691.4%12-202-2-000-4
PETR MRAZEK (All Games)8515514291.6%11-4-3.81-4-0-40-5
PETR MRAZEK (Home Games)42787089.7%00-2-2.80-2-0-30-2
PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)42777192.2%10-2-20-2-0-20-2
Average power rating of opponents played: PITTSBURGH 3.08,  DETROIT 3.06
2/27/2014MONTREAL5-6L0, -180L5.5 unO
3/1/2014vs CHICAGO1-5L0, +115L5.5 unO
3/4/2014at NASHVILLE3-1W0, -145W5.5 unU
3/6/2014at SAN JOSE3-5L0, +130L5.5 unO
3/7/2014at ANAHEIM3-2W0, +130W5.5 ovU
3/10/2014at WASHINGTON3-2W0, -130W5.5 ovU
3/11/2014WASHINGTON2-0W0, -190W5.5 ovU
3/15/2014at PHILADELPHIA0-4L0, -120L5.5 evU
3/16/2014PHILADELPHIA3-4L0, -140L5.5 ovO
3/18/2014DALLAS5-1W0, -155W5.5 evO
3/20/2014at DETROIT 
3/22/2014TAMPA BAY 
3/23/2014ST LOUIS 
3/27/2014LOS ANGELES 
3/28/2014at COLUMBUS 

DETROIT - Schedule
2/26/2014at MONTREAL2-1W0, +100W5 ovU
2/27/2014at OTTAWA6-1W0, +115W5.5 unO
3/4/2014at NEW JERSEY3-4L0, -105L5 unO
3/6/2014COLORADO2-3L0, -115L5.5 unU
3/7/2014NEW JERSEY7-4W0, -105W5 unO
3/9/2014at NY RANGERS0-3L0, +140L5 ovU
3/11/2014at COLUMBUS1-4L0, +100L5.5 unU
3/14/2014EDMONTON2-1W0, -215W5.5 evU
3/16/2014at CHICAGO1-4L0, +175L5.5 unU
3/18/2014TORONTO3-2W0, -130W5.5 unU
3/22/2014at MINNESOTA 
3/25/2014at COLUMBUS 
3/29/2014at TORONTO 
3/30/2014TAMPA BAY 
PITTSBURGH: PITTSBURGH (AP) - The Pittsburgh Penguins didn't panic when the bitter disappointment of last spring's sweep at the hands of the Boston Bruins wore off.
If anything, the Penguins went the other way. While other NHL powers underwent substantial roster overhauls, Pittsburgh did what it could to keep the core of one of the league's most consistent winners in tack.
The Penguins awarded coach Dan Bylsma with a contract extension shortly after getting swept by the Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals. Pittsburgh also reached agreements with former league MVP Evgeni Malkin and Norris Trophy finalist Kris Letang.
Penguins star Sidney Crosby says the Penguins don't need to change their approach to be a threat to win their second Stanley Cup in five years.
Pittsburgh opens the season Oct. 3 against New Jersey.
DETROIT: DETROIT (AP) - The Detroit Red Wings seem to have set themselves up for success as they shift to the Eastern Conference.
Detroit added Daniel Alfredsson and Stephen Weiss to a roster that includes most of the key players from last year's team. The Red Wings extended the franchise's playoff streak to 22 last season and were a win away from eliminating Chicago and advancing to the conference finals.
General manager Ken Holland accomplished his No. 1 goal of the offseason, re-signing superstar Pavel Datsyuk to prevent him from being a free agent next summer. Holland also boosted the team's ability to score with a surprising acquisition, adding Alfredsson after he spent his entire career with the Ottawa Senators.
Detroit opens the season at home Oct. 2 against Buffalo.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (PITTSBURGH-DETROIT) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Penguins-Red Wings Preview* ============================


Pittsburgh (45-19-4) at Detroit (31-24-13), 7:30 p.m. EDT

Already without Pavel Datsyuk and Henrik Zetterberg, the Detroit Red Wings will have to overcome another key injury as they try to climb into the playoff picture.

A visit from the Metropolitan Division-leading Pittsburgh Penguins presents another difficult challenge.

In their first game since losing defenseman Jonathan Ericsson, the Red Wings continue their postseason push when they face the Penguins on Thursday night.

Detroit (31-24-13) had dropped three of four before beating Toronto 3-2 on Tuesday. Gustav Nyquist scored twice and Daniel Alfredsson snapped a season-high nine-game drought as the Red Wings improved to 7-0-2 over their last nine on home ice.

Detroit is one point behind Columbus for the second wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

"I think every game for us here on out is huge," defenseman Danny DeKeyser told the team's official website. "We need to get two points in pretty much every game that we can."

Doing so won't be easy without Ericsson, who is expected to miss four to six weeks with a broken finger suffered against the Maple Leafs. Brendan Smith will take his place on the top defensive pairing with Niklas Kronwall.

"We're going to have to do it by committee and take advantage of the opportunity we have now," defenseman Brian Lashoff said. "We lost Kronner for a bit, we lost DK for a bit so we're used to it now. We just have to rally together."

The Red Wings haven't enjoyed much success against Pittsburgh (45-19-4) of late, dropping four of six. Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby scored twice in a 4-1 win at Detroit on Dec. 14, giving him seven points in seven regular-season meetings with the Red Wings.

"We know he's one of the best players in the world, if not the best," DeKeyser said of Crosby, whose 91 points easily lead the NHL. "Everybody knows that. We expect him to come out and play hard and we just got to try to match that and try to shut those guys down and do the best we can."

The Red Wings will also need to be wary of Evgeni Malkin, who has six goals and 13 assists in his last 15 games in the series, including the 2008 and 2009 Stanley Cup finals.

"They've got some star players," Lashoff added. "They're one of the best in the conference. It's a huge game with everything that's been going on. We have to take advantage and get some points."

Pittsburgh suffered back-to-back defeats before bouncing back with Tuesday's 5-1 win over Dallas. Crosby and Lee Stempniak combined for three goals and three assists while Chris Kunitz added one of each.

"We weren't happy with those losses, we have to do better," Crosby said. "We wanted to make sure we went out there and played hard. It's a desperate team we're playing and hopefully we can build that same emotion, same intensity we had tonight and carry it over to the rest of the season."

Jeff Zatkoff made 32 saves, but Pittsburgh could go back to Marc-Andre Fleury, who is tied for the NHL lead with 34 wins. Fleury is 3-7-0 with a 3.27 goals-against average in Detroit - including playoffs - but he hasn't played there in four years.

Detroit's Jimmy Howard has won two of three starts after stopping 31 shots against the Leafs. Howard, 5-1-2 with a 2.12 GAA in his last eight home games, is 2-0-1 with a 1.93 GAA against the Penguins.

Alfredsson has 11 points in his last seven games versus Pittsburgh. The Red Wings are 19-4-5 this season when he notches at least one point.

Last Updated: 6/21/2018 9:09:12 AM EST

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