Game Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 4/11/2024

Game Preview: Detroit Red Wings vs. Pittsburgh Penguins 4/11/2024

The Detroit Red Wings head back out on the road to take on the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight. The Red Wings are coming off a 2-0 loss to the Capitals on Tuesday, while the Penguins are coming off a 3-2 overtime loss to the Maple Leafs on Monday.

Detroit Red Wings (38-32-8, 84 Points) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (36-30-12, 84 Points)

When: Thursday, April 11
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
Where: PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA)
TV: Bally Sports Detroit

Scoring Leaders

Detroit Red Wings

Points: Lucas Raymond – 64
Goals: Dylan Larkin – 31
Assists: Shayne Gostisbehere – 40

Pittsburgh Penguins

Points: Sidney Crosby – 86
Goals: Sidney Crosby – 40
Assists: Sidney Crosby – 46

Expected Line Combinations

Detroit Red Wings

Alex DeBrincat – Dylan Larkin – Lucas Raymond
David Perron – J.T. Compher – Patrick Kane
Robby Fabbri – Joe Veleno – Daniel Sprong
Zach Aston-Reese – Austin Czarnik – Christian Fischer
Ben Chiarot – Moritz Seider
Jeff Petry – Simon Edvinsson
Olli Maatta – Shayne Gostisbehere

Pittsburgh Penguins

Drew O’Connor – Sidney Crosby – Bryan Rust
Michael Bunting – Evgeni Malkin – Rickard Rakell
Reilly Smith – Lars Eller – Valtteri Puustinen
Emil Bemstrom – Jeff Carter – Jesse Puljujarvi
Pierre-Olivier Joseph – Kris Letang
Marcus Pettersson – Erik Karlsson
Ryan Shea – Jack St. Ivany

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By The Numbers:

League Ranking

Detroit Red Wings

PP%: 22.9 (9)
PK%: 79.7 (14)
GF P/G: 3.28 (9)
GA P/G: 3.27 (24)
Faceoff %: 50.5 (14)

Pittsburgh Penguins

PP%: 14.3 (31)
PK%: 80.7 (11)
GF P/G: 3.01 (20)
GA P/G: 2.95 (11)
Faceoff %: 54.8 (1)

Red Wings Player to Watch: Patrick Kane

Kane this season has played in 46 games, and he has recorded 44 points on 20 goals and 24 assists. He has 14 points on the power play on two goals and 12 assists.

Kane’s Line Assignments

Kane is on the second line playing with David Perron and J.T. Compher. He is also on the top power-play unit with Perron, Lucas Raymond, Dylan Larkin, and Shayne Gostisbehere.

Kane’s career vs. Penguins

Kane in his career against Pittsburgh has played in 23 games and has recorded 29 points on seven goals and 22 assists. In the only matchup against the Penguins this season he played in he had an assist.

Between The Pipes

Detroit: Alex Lyon (20-18-4, 2.96 GAA)

Lyon last played on Tuesday against the Capitals, and he took the loss giving up two goals on 23 shots. In his career against the Penguins, he is 1-1-1, he lost his matchup earlier this season giving up five goals on 37 shots.

Pittsburgh: Alex Nedeljkovic (16-6-7, 2.82 GAA)

Nedeljkovic last played on Monday against the Maple Leafs, and he took the loss in overtime giving up three goals on 23 shots. In his career against his former team, he is 3-0-0, with one of those wins coming back on March 17th when he stopped 25 of the 28 shots he faced.

Wrap Up

This game tonight is a must-win game for the Red Wings. They are one point behind the Capitals and are tied with the Penguins in points, if they lose tonight they’ll fall two points behind Pittsburgh with three games left, of those three games they face the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Montreal Canadiens twice which both of those games against the Canadiens are winnable but they feel much better to head into with a win tonight and being able to control your destiny instead of needing help.

In their last ten games against the Penguins, Detroit is 4-5-1, and have been outscored 49-31 in those ten games. Detroit has split the season series with Pittsburgh entering this game. 

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