A preview of the Red Wings.
Leading Scorer: Marian Hossa (right), 17 points (8 goals, 9 assists).
Last Game: 3-1 home win against the Devils.
Last Game against the Penguins: 3-2 road win June 4.
Red Wings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Hossa. While he does have 39 points in 30 career games against the Penguins, we really don't have a tangible reason for picking him here. We just see him scoring a goal against his former team and endearing himself even more to Penguins fans.
Ex-Penguins: Marian Hossa, RW; Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Ty Conklin, G.
Useless Red WIngs Trivia: The last team to score 10 goals in a game against the Red Wings was the Los Angeles Kings in a 10-3 win Oct. 9, 1993.
Best Red Wings YouTube Video We Could Find: We've had this one stowed away in our bookmarks for a little while. CBC's pregame montage from Game 6 of the Stanley Cup final:
(That was also the last time the "real" Hockey Night in Canada song opened a HNIC broadcast.)
-Much like anyone who has had to spend time there, the Penguins don't have a lot of fond memories from their last visit to Detroit.
-Detroit forward Johan Franzen has missed the past five games due to a knee injury but is expected back tonight.
-If you haven't heard, Marian Hossa used to play for the Penguins.
-The Penguins have changed quite a bit since the last time they were in Detroit.
-Assuming he plays tonight, Detroit goaltender Chris Osgood (right) has a chance to pass former Penguins goaltender Tom Barrasso for 14th place on the NHL's all-time goaltending wins list. Each player has 369 career wins.
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EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Michel Therrien has been happy with his team's start.
-Is Sidney Crosby still playing like a superstar?
-The Penguins are off to their best start since the 1995-96 season.
-The Wheeling Nailers are the top team in the ECHL.
-The Devils put defenseman and former Canadian prime minister Paul Martin on injured reserved due to "upper-body" soreness. So Martin could be dealing with a canker sore or he could be brain dead or anything in between. Actually if he was brain dead, he wouldn't be feeling anything. OK. We screwed that joke up. Either way, the NHL's injury policy is ridiculous. Additionally, the Devils demoted forward Patrick Davis to Lowell of the AHL.
-Flyers coach John Stevens wants forward Joffrey Lupul to get his game together. And to drown puppies.
-The Rangers are some good dressers.
-Do the Rangers need to do more to protect goaltender Henrik Lundqvist?
-The Islanders need to quit blowing third period leads.
-Islanders forward Josh Bailey was activated from injured reserve.
-Canadiens forward and former Penguin Tom Kostopoulos was suspended three games for hitting Toronto defenseman Mike Van Ryn from behind Saturday.
-Maple Leafs forward Ryan Hollweg, himself no stranger to dangerous hits, thinks Kostopoulos deserves a 20-game suspension.
-Habs Inside Out has an image of Maurice Richard's contract from the 1956-57 season.
-Senators coach Craig Hartsburg called out forward Jason Spezza.
-Sabres forward Maxim Afinogenov (right) became an American citizen.
-Only in Toronto would the sale of Mats Sundin's house be front-page news.
-Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist for the Capitals who beat the Lightning, 4-2. Former Washington goaltender Olaf Kolzig took the loss in his first game against his former team. Former Penguins forward Gary Roberts scored both of Tampa Bay's goals. Mark Recchi had assists on each of them.
-Another former Penguins forward turned Lightning, Ryan Malone, was injured last night.
-The Hurricanes demoted forward Michael Ryan to Albany of the AHL.
-The Thrashers demoted goaltender Ondrej Pavelec to Chicago of the AHL.
-Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane has vowed to keep growing a beard until he's held scoreless in a game.
-Blue Jackets forward Raffi Torres overcame a lot in order to get to the NHL.
-The Blues demoted Jay McKee to their seventh defenseman spot.
-We know the Blues haven't been in the playoffs for a few seasons, but are things really as bad as this commercial would indicate:
(Kudos to EN Reader T.J. McAloon for the heads up.)
-Ales Hemsky's shootout goal gave the Oilers a 3-2 road win against the Rangers. Jeff Drouin-Deslauriers made 40 saves in the win.
-Check out this save Drouin-Deslauriers made last night:
-With New Jersey's Martin Brodeur nursing a bum elbow, is this the year Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo finally claims the Vezina Trophy?
-Avalanche forward Milan Hejduk has quietly become one of the most tenured athletes in Denver.
-Does former Flames forward Sergei Makarov deserve more consideration for the Hockey Hall of Fame?
-FSN HD and Prime Ticket, the broadcast outlets for Ducks and Kings games, have been using something called Rinkside View. Basically, instead of the traditional center ice camera view, the broadcasters have been using up to 10 different cameras during a broadcast from angles that are closer to rink. Most of the reaction to the different approach has been negative but officials with the broadcasters claim their ratings are up. When asked about the negative feedback, the executive director of FSN, Tom Feuer said, "I'm going to get killed for this, but if these people truly don't like ‘Rinkside View,' then don't watch."
-For what it's worth, we've watched a few Ducks and Kings broadcasts with Rinkside View through our Gamecenter package. We're not fans of it. It almost gives you a headache with how tight the camera is angled in on the puck. When given the choice, we've watched other games based on the inclusion of Rinkside View.
-Given the NHL's general troubles with television ratings, it's probably not the best approach to pretty much give the fans who are watching a verbal middle finger when they're disatissfied with your product.
-Defenseman Kyle Quincey has been a nice pick up for the Kings.
-Glenn Anderson, Ed Chynoweth, Igor Larionov and Ray Scapinello were inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. (From left-to-right, Chynoweth's son, Jeff, posed with Anderson, Larionov and Scapinello in the above photo.)
-Hockey broadcaster (and former Geneva College professor) Mike Emrick won the Foster Hewitt Award.
-Hall-of-Famer Mark Messier says some sort of facial protection should be mandatory in the NHL.
-Scoring is up so far this season.
-Gary Bettman says all 30 NHL teams are in good shape. In other news, the Faber College homecoming parade is going smoothly as well:
(Photos: Hossa-Claus Andersen/Getty Images; Osgood-Jim McIsaac/Getty Images; Afinogenov and Hockey Hall of Fame-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)