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4:30 PM PT5:30 PM MT6:30 PM CT7:30 PM ET0:30 GMT8:30 5:30 PM MST7:30 PM EST4:30 UAE (+1)19:30 ET22:30 BRT, January 17, 2020
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan  Attendance: 19,515

Penguins look to bounce back at Red Wings

Pittsburgh Penguins at Detroit Red Wings

  1. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists in the Penguins' 5-3 victory at Detroit on December 7, ending Pittsburgh's four-game losing streak in the Motor City. The Penguins have won three of the last four meetings overall while going 5-for-11 on the power play.
  2. The league-worst Red Wings matched their most lopsided defeat of the season with an 8-2 road loss to the Islanders on Tuesday and dropped to 0-11-0 against Metropolitan Division opponents. Detroit had won a season-high three straight at home before a 5-1 loss to Buffalo on Sunday.
  3. Pittsburgh had won four in a row overall and five straight on the road before Thursday's 4-1 loss to Boston. The Penguins have allowed at least three goals in six consecutive games for their longest such streak since an eight-game stretch from March 14-29, 2018.
  4. Malkin has four goals and eight assists during a six-game point streak against the Red Wings, and he's had at least one point in all nine games he's played in Detroit (8g, 9a). Malkin had a 12-game road point streak stopped Thursday as he was held without a point for just the third time in his past 17 games overall.
  5. Jimmy Howard has lost 12 consecutive starts with a 5.04 goals-against average since his last win on October 29. His .876 save percentage through 19 starts is the worst by a Detroit goalie since Tim Cheveldae (.869) in 1992-93. Backup Calvin Pickard has lost six straight starts since his last victory on November 23, 2018 with Philadelphia.
  6. Dylan Larkin has two goals and five assists during a seven-game point streak that is the longest by any Red Wing since Larkin's career-best 14-game run from December 4-31, 2018. He has two goals and six assists in his last five games against the Penguins.

Sidney Crosby has made an impressive comeback from sports hernia surgery but the Pittsburgh Penguins will need to start on a new winning streak on Friday.

Crosby had four points against Minnesota on Tuesday in his return to action after missing over two months. He scored the lone Pittsburgh goal in a 4-1 loss at Boston on Thursday, which snapped a four-game Penguins winning streak.

They'll play the second part of a back-to-back at Detroit.

Crosby scored 24 seconds into the game against the Bruins but the Penguins were blanked the rest of the way as Boston goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 29 saves.

"There were points where we got outplayed," Crosby said in his postgame press conference. "We definitely had some chances and could have gotten back in the game. Look at our power play, and zone time in general they controlled more. We just weren't good enough tonight."

Pittsburgh, the second-place team in the Metropolitan Division, had scored 19 goals during the winning streak. It was unable to put consistent pressure on the Bruins after Crosby's goal.

"If we play like we did tonight, we're not going to win many hockey games, no matter who we play against," Penguins forward Patric Hornqvist told the Pittsburgh Post Gazette. "We have to be more hungry."

The Red Wings have been pounded in their last two games. Buffalo defeated them 5-1 on Sunday and the New York Islanders racked up a season high in goals in an 8-2 thrashing on Tuesday.

The Wings' No. 1 goaltender, Jonathan Bernier, is sidelined at least through the All-Star break with a lower-body injury. Veteran Jimmy Howard was pulled in the Islanders debacle after giving up three goals in less than eight minutes. Backup Calvin Pickard allowed five more goals.

"I talked to a couple of our veteran players on the ice today and asked them, 'What did you think of the other night?' And their thought was it certainly wasn't what the score indicated," coach Jeff Blashill told the team's website on Thursday. "We have to be a pretty simple team. We have to get pucks behind, we have to play in the O-zone. We did that to a degree. The score gets out of hand, so sometimes that stuff gets skewed, but even the first period we did it, and we did it against Buffalo."

Blashill has kept his job even though the Wings have the league's worst team. He breaks down the team's performance regularly with GM Steve Yzerman.

"We talk about how our team's playing," Blashill said. "Some of that's making sure that as a team, that we're getting better in certain areas that are going to help us long-term. Certainly we look at that as a coaching staff and as the management group, what's going to help us long-term here, whether it's individual players or how we play or the areas we have to get better at. Each guy's got to get better at different things. I ask his advice on how he thinks we're doing."

Pittsburgh won the first meeting between the clubs 5-3 on Dec. 7. Evgeni Malkin had a goal and two assists for the Penguins. They'll meet once more on Feb. 16 in Pittsburgh.

--Field Level Media

Updated January 17, 2020

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