DETROIT — The Pittsburgh Penguins (2-1-0) have won consecutive games after dropping the opener on national TV. The NHL named Evgeni Malkin was named the third star of the week, and a handful of Penguins have a point per game, or more. Wednesday, the Penguins face one of their adversaries for a wild-card spot, the Detroit Red Wings (2-1-0) at Little Caesars Arena.
The puck drops after 7:30 ET.
How to Watch the Penguins Game:
Radio: 105.9 The X
The Penguins have emerged from the first three games in perfect health and have successfully demonstrated an ability to hold and expand third period leads. The trailed the Calgary Flames 1-0 at the beginning of the third period Saturday but led 2-1 within 41 seconds of the start of the period.
The Penguins pulled away to a 5-2 win. Bryan Rust scored two goals. Reilly Smith, Jake Guentzel, and Malkin also lit the lamp. Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic stopped 34 of 36 shots for his first Penguins win.
After an opening night loss, the Red Wings have also won two straight, beating their division rival Tampa Bay Lightning and shutting out the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-0 on Monday.
Andrew Copp, Shayne Gostisbehere, Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen tallied for Detroit as James Reimer stopped all 23 shots.
The game could feature a battle against a former mate, however, former Penguins defenseman Jeff Petry was a healthy scratch Monday. The Penguins traded Petry as part of acquiring Erik Karlsson on Aug. 6. The Penguins traded Petry to Montreal, who acquired Petry with the intent on flipping the defenseman for picks or prospects.
A couple of weeks later, Montreal traded Petry to Detroit, where he grew up.
Former Penguins d-man Olli Maatta is also a member of the Red Wings. Maatta won Stanley Cups in 2016 and 2017 with the Penguins.
Tristan Jarry will start for the Penguins. Villie Husso will be in net for Detroit.
Expected Penguins Lines:
Expected Red Wings Lines:
Penguins Special Teams
Penguins Power Play: 25% (2-for-8), 11th
Penguins Penalty Kill: 90% (1-for-10), 11th
Red Wings Power Play: 40% (4-for-10), 1st
Red Wings Penalty Kill: 83.3% (2-for-12), 14th
Penguins Game Notes
The Penguins have points in nine of its last 10 contests against Detroit (7-1-2).
The Penguins have also won four of the last five at Little Caesars Arena (4-1-0).
Only Seth Jones (+6), Johnathan Kovacevic (+6), Cale Makar (+6), and Brady Skjei (+6) have a better plus/minus than Reilly Smith’s plus-5.
Rickard Rakell has 19 points (7-12-19) in 18 career games against the Red Wings.
Tristan Jarry is 3-0-0 with a 1.34 goals-against average and a .953 save percentage in three career starts versus Detroit.