The Pittsburgh Penguins turned in a homework assignment that the dog clearly chewed up. With most of their NHL regulars dressed for Preseason Game 3, the Penguins lost to the underwhelming Detroit Red Wings 6-2 at PPG Paints Arena on Tuesday.
Read Dave Molinari’s Penguins postgame here.
The Penguins’ lines and defensive pairings are beginning to take shape. There were a few standout performances, including Evgeni Malkin and Radim Zohorna.
Dan Kingerski broke down the game from outside the arena to determine what should be a concern and what can be ignored.
Bryan Rust and Brock McGinn scored goals for the Penguins, but the team gave up two power-play goals and one shorthanded tally. Starting goalie Tristan Jarry stopped only 10 of 14 shots in under 29 minutes. Casey DeSmith made five saves on seven shots in 31 minutes.
Several Penguins players admitted the team has not yet practiced special teams, notably the penalty killing.
The Penguins visit the Buffalo Sabres on Saturday afternoon and then the Detroit Red Wings on Monday. Expect a round of cuts in the next day or two as the Pittsburgh Penguins move some players towards the WBS Penguins, whose season begins on Oct. 15.