|3||DETROIT||+130||Ov 5.5,+115||+130||Ov 5.5,+115|
|4||PITTSBURGH||-150||Un 5.5,-135||-150||Un 5.5,-135|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||20-20-0||+0.6||20-20||+0.6||18-19||2.8||29.6||2.7||29.7|
|Last 5 Games||4-1-0||+3.4||4-1||+3.4||2-1||3.2||31.0||2.6||27.8|
|Team Stats (All Games)||79||215||71||66||69||9||11||2369||9.1%||274||49||17.9%||350|
|Team Stats (Road Games)||40||111||37||31||40||3||5||1184||9.4%||131||22||16.8%||181|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||16||5||3||8||0||1||155||10.3%||18||4||22.2%||26|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||224||56||65||89||14||15||2335||9.6%||286||47||16.4%||360|
|Stats Against (Road Games)|| ||109||27||35||42||5||8||1189||9.2%||146||22||15.1%||177|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||3||4||6||0||0||139||9.4%||17||2||11.8%||21|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (All Games)||26||26||711||646||90.9%||1||17-9||+8||17-9-0||+8||14-10|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Road Games)||12||12||351||320||91.2%||1||8-4||+4.6||8-4-0||+4||7-4|
|JONAS GUSTAVSSON (Last 4 Games)||4||4||117||105||89.7%||0||3-1||+2.2||3-1-0||+2||3-1|
|JIMMY HOWARD (All Games)||50||48||1463||1332||91.0%||2||20-28||-12.5||20-28-0||-12||21-20|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Road Games)||25||25||757||692||91.4%||2||11-14||-3.1||11-14-0||-3||11-12|
|JIMMY HOWARD (Last 4 Games)||4||4||112||104||92.9%||0||4-0||+4.4||4-0-0||+4||2-0|
|PETR MRAZEK (All Games)||8||5||155||142||91.6%||1||1-4||-3.8||1-4-0||-4||0-5|
|PETR MRAZEK (Road Games)||4||3||77||72||93.5%||1||1-2||-1||1-2-0||-1||0-3|
|PETR MRAZEK (Last 4 Games)||4||2||77||71||92.2%||1||0-2||-2||0-2-0||-2||0-2|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||27-11-0||+7||27-11||+7||19-16||3.3||31.9||2.3||29.0|
|Last 5 Games||3-2-0||+0.4||3-2||+0.4||1-3||2.4||26.2||2.6||26.0|
|Team Stats (All Games)||79||240||66||83||81||10||14||2366||10.1%||266||62||23.3%||406|
|Team Stats (Home Games)||38||126||38||45||39||4||6||1214||10.4%||124||29||23.4%||223|
|Team Stats (Last 5 Games)||5||12||4||3||4||1||2||131||9.2%||9||2||22.2%||18|
|Stats Against (All Games)|| ||197||55||66||71||5||5||2268||8.7%||244||34||13.9%||330|
|Stats Against (Home Games)|| ||86||22||35||27||2||2||1103||7.8%||102||14||13.7%||144|
|Stats Against (Last 5 Games)|| ||13||4||6||3||0||0||130||10.0%||12||1||8.3%||21|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (All Games)||62||62||1716||1573||91.7%||6||39-23||+5.4||39-23-0||+8||24-32|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Home Games)||32||32||895||830||92.7%||3||23-9||+6.3||23-9-0||+6||14-16|
|MARC-ANDRE FLEURY (Last 4 Games)||4||4||110||101||91.8%||0||3-1||+1.4||3-1-0||+1||1-2|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (All Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|TOMAS VOKOUN (Home Games)||0||0||0||0||0.0%||0||0-0||0||0-0-0||0||0-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (All Games)||19||17||549||500||91.1%||1||11-6||+2.2||11-6-0||+2||11-4|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Home Games)||8||6||208||189||90.9%||0||4-2||+0.7||4-2-0||+1||5-0|
|JEFF ZATKOFF (Last 4 Games)||4||4||109||98||89.9%||1||2-2||-0.2||2-2-0||0||2-1|
|Average power rating of opponents played: DETROIT 3.04, PITTSBURGH 3.1|
|3/14/2014||EDMONTON||2-1||W||0, -215||W||5.5 ev||U|
|3/16/2014||at CHICAGO||1-4||L||0, +175||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/18/2014||TORONTO||3-2||W||0, -130||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/20/2014||PITTSBURGH||5-4||W||0, +125||W||5.5 un||O|
|3/22/2014||at MINNESOTA||3-2||W||0, +135||W||5 un||P|
|3/23/2014||MINNESOTA||3-4||L||0, -110||L||5 un||O|
|3/25/2014||at COLUMBUS||2-4||L||0, +125||L||5 ov||O|
|3/27/2014||MONTREAL||4-5||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||O|
|3/29/2014||at TORONTO||4-2||W||0, +100||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/30/2014||TAMPA BAY||3-2||W||0, +110||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/2/2014||BOSTON||3-2||W||0, +135||W||5 ov||P|
|4/4/2014||BUFFALO||3-2||W||0, -350||W||5 ov||P|
|4/5/2014||at MONTREAL||3-5||L||0, +120||L||5 ov||O|
|4/8/2014||at BUFFALO||4-2||W||0, -225||W||5 ov||O|
|4/9/2014||at PITTSBURGH|| |
|4/13/2014||at ST LOUIS|| |
|3/15/2014||at PHILADELPHIA||0-4||L||0, -120||L||5.5 ev||U|
|3/16/2014||PHILADELPHIA||3-4||L||0, -140||L||5.5 ov||O|
|3/18/2014||DALLAS||5-1||W||0, -155||W||5.5 ev||O|
|3/20/2014||at DETROIT||4-5||L||0, -145||L||5.5 un||O|
|3/22/2014||TAMPA BAY||4-3||W||0, -170||W||6 un||O|
|3/23/2014||ST LOUIS||0-1||L||0, -115||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/25/2014||PHOENIX||2-3||L||0, -175||L||5.5 un||U|
|3/27/2014||LOS ANGELES||2-3||L||0, -120||L||5 ev||P|
|3/28/2014||at COLUMBUS||2-1||W||0, -110||W||5.5 un||U|
|3/30/2014||CHICAGO||4-1||W||0, -105||W||5.5 un||U|
|4/1/2014||CAROLINA||1-4||L||0, -200||L||5.5 un||U|
|4/3/2014||at WINNIPEG||4-2||W||0, -155||W||5.5 un||O|
|4/5/2014||at MINNESOTA||0-4||L||0, -105||L||5 ov||U|
|4/6/2014||at COLORADO||3-2||W||0, +145||W||5 ov||P|
|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.
|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.
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER HOCKEY PREVIEW (DETROIT-PITTSBURGH) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
(ADDS Letang's return)
*Red Wings-Penguins Preview* ============================
By JEFF BARTL STATS Writer
Detroit (38-27-14) at Pittsburgh (50-24-5), 8:00 p.m. EDT
The Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings may be seeing each other again very soon after Wednesday's night's meeting, though how familiar they'll be able to get with each other remains to be seen.
While it's unclear if Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma again plans to rest some key players, Kris Letang will return to the ice for a possible first-round playoff preview against a visiting Detroit team looking to secure its 23rd straight postseason appearance.
Letang hasn't played since Jan. 27, two days before suffering a stroke. Tests revealed a small hole in his heart, which hasn't been repaired, but general manager Ray Shero says the team is confident playing hockey didn't cause Letang's stroke.
"Kris was cleared by doctors and it was his choice on when to return," Shero told the NHL's website. "He's been bugging me for a while to play."
The 2013 Norris Trophy finalist has 10 goals and eight assists in 34 games this season.
Letang, though, may be among the few star Penguins players on the ice. Pittsburgh (50-24-5) is locked into the Eastern Conference's No. 2 seed and has won four of six, giving Bylsma the leeway to sit Sidney Crosby (upper-body injury), Chris Kunitz (lower body), Brooks Orpik (lower body) and Olli Maatta (upper body) for Sunday's 3-2 shootout win at Colorado.
None of the injuries seem serious and each practiced Tuesday, though Bylsma could elect to rest them again given Pittsburgh's standing with three games to play. Evgeni Malkin, who hasn't played since March 23 due to a foot injury, began skating but has no timetable to return.
Maatta has missed the last two games, and Crosby, who has never played a full 82-game season and is considered day to day, said he doesn't plan to rush things with the playoffs looming.
"I'd love to (play a full season), but I think I've played more than 82 at this point, if you're counting every one," Crosby told the team's official website, referencing the six games he played for Canada in the Olympics. "I think what's most important is that you feel good at the right time and that's playoffs. Just have to be smart."
The Penguins could have a first-round postseason date with another team battling injuries, as the Red Wings (38-27-14) are still without captain Henrik Zetterberg while he recovers from back surgery.
General manager Ken Holland said Zetterberg could start skating again next week. Zetterberg likely won't be ready for the first game of the postseason should Detroit hold on, though he could return at some point during the first round.
Detroit, which can secure a playoff berth with one more point, got some relief with the return of Pavel Datsyuk from a 16-game absence Friday. Datsyuk scored in Saturday's 5-3 loss in Montreal that ended a four-game winning streak and had an empty-net goal in a 4-2 victory at Buffalo on Tuesday.
The Red Wings hold the East's first wild-card spot, one point ahead of Columbus with three games to play.
"It's one good step in the right direction," said Jimmy Howard, who made 25 saves against the Sabres. "We've got to find a way to get a point or two points there tomorrow and keep it rolling, because you want to feel good going into the playoffs."
The victory also marked coach Mike Babcock's 414th with Detroit, surpassing Jack Adams for the franchise lead.
"I know we've got a game in Pittsburgh tomorrow. We're going to enjoy this tonight," Babcock said. "The reality is, it's an important game tomorrow."
Crosby scored twice in a 4-1 victory over Detroit on Dec. 14, then Daniel Alfredsson's second goal in overtime gave the Red Wings a 5-4 victory March 20.
Marc-Andre Fleury was in net for the Penguins for the last matchup and he could get the nod again after making 39 saves Sunday.
Jonas Gustavsson could get the start for Detroit in the second of a back-to-back set. Gustavsson, though, allowed all five goals Saturday.
|Last Updated: 12/21/2014 6:16:40 PM EST|