Game Preview: Red Wings at Penguins, 7:00 PM

 

Thank you, Slowpoke! I do appreciate your up to the minute injury reports!

Tonight the Red Wings visit the Pittsburgh Penguins, who are having, to put it mildly, some injury trouble. I’m sure Slowpoke’s report is the VERY FIRST you’ve heard of Sidney Crosby’s recurrence of post-concussion syndrome. But the Penguins are also missing defensemen Kris Letang and Zbynek Michalek, not to mention centers Jordan Staal and Evgeni Malkin being game time decisions on whether they can play tonight or not. Pittsburgh coach Dan Bylsma declined to reveal any details about what might be ailing Malkin and Staal. The Penguins recalled (former Red Wing) Jason Williams from Wilkes-Barre, just in case they really do have this dearth of centermen. Marc-Andre Fleury is expected to be the starting goalie.

Mike Babcock isn’t concerned about Bylsma’s potential line matchups, with or without the game time decisions. “The good thing about it is I don’t have to make any of those decisions,” Babcock said. “I’m going to put my guys out on the ice and then he’s going to follow, so (Bylsma) can make all those decisions.” The Red Wings will be going with the same lineup as in the past few games, including Jimmy Howard getting another start in goal.

I think the key here for the Red Wings is to not think too much (or at all) about the players on the other team. The system works, regardless of who it’s used against (shut up, Sharks). The danger will be any sort of mental slacking off if they get to thinking too much about, “Well, they’re missing that star and that star and that star, so we don’t have to be as tough as we would be otherwise.” And besides, Fleury is hardly a scrub, and goalies have stolen games from the Wings before!

So, make sure Tomas Holmstrom has had plenty of beans today and get him parked in front of Fleury (feet outside the goal crease, of course).

Let’s go, Red Wings! *clap clap clapclapclap*

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