RED WINGS (37-19-11, 85 pts) @ PENGUINS (39-19-10, 88 pts)
Penguins captain Sidney Crosby will return to the lineup after missing Saturday’s game due to an illness. Crosby is pointless in two games vs the Red Wings this season and has 4 goals and 8 points in 11 career regular season games vs Detroit.
The Penguins 7-2-1 in their last 10 games, trail the New York Rangers by five points for first place in the Metropolitan Division. The Rangers have a game in hand on Pittsburgh.
The Red Wings come into today’s game, losers of five of six and are starting to show some signs of hitting a wall after overachieving for much of the season. The Red Wings were throttled by the Flyers, 7-2 on Saturday afternoon, and slow starts have plagued the Red Wings of late.
Today’s goaltending matchup will be Marc Andre Fleury (31-14-7, 2.17 GAA) vs Petr Mrazek (13-5-1, 2.55 GAA). The Penguins lit Mrazek up in a 4-1 Penguins win on Feb 11.
Including the post-season, the Red Wings have won just once in Pittsburgh in their last eight trips.
David Perron – Sidney Crosby – Patric Hornqvist
Chris Kunitz – Brandon Sutter – Blake Comeau
Beau Bennett – Nick Spaling – Steve Downie
Daniel Winnik – Max Lapierre – Craig Adams
Paul Martin – Kris Letang
Christian Ehrhoff – Ben Lovejoy
Rob Scuderi – Ian Cole
Marc Andre Fleury
Scratches: Evgeni Malkin (lower body), Andrew Ebbett (healthy)