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About the Red Wings - 12-14-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Red Wings.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Joe Louis Arena.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), Fox Sports Detroit (Detroit market), NHL Network (rest of the United States).

Record: 15-9-9, 39 points. The Red Wings are in fourth place in the Atlantic Division.

Leading Scorer: Henrik Zetterberg, 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists).

Last Game: 2-1 road shootout loss to the Lightning, Thursday. Jonas Gustavsson made 26 saves for the Red Wings.

Last Game against the Penguins: 4-1 road win, Dec. 13, 2011. Daniel Clearly scored two goals for the Red Wings.

Red Wings Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Daniel Alfedsson (above). He has 64 points in 64 career games against the Penguins.

Ex-Penguins on the Red Wings: Mikael Samuelsson, RW; Tyler Wright, director of amateur scouting.

Ex-Red Wings on the Penguins: Chris Conner, LW; Don Waddell, professional scout; Warren Young, amateur scout.

Useless Red Wings Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Samuelsson is one of three players still active in the NHL who played for the Penguins under head coach Rick Kehoe. The others are Oilers defenseman Andrew Ference and Blackhawks defenseman Michal Rozsival.

Best Red Wings Video We Could Find: A fun commercial from the 1990s for Nike with former Red Wings center Sergei Fedorov:

Probable goaltenders: Jeff Zatkoff (4-2-0, 2.80 GAA, .901 SV%) for the Penguins. Jonas Gustavsson (8-1-2, 1.93 GAA, .933 SV%) for the Devils.

Injuries: For the Penguins, defensemen Paul Martin (leg), Brooks Orpik (head), Rob Scuderi (ankle), right winger Beau Bennett (hand/wrist), center Andrew Ebbett (ankle), left winger Tanner Glass (hand) and goaltender Tomas Vokoun (blood clots) are on injured reserve. For the Red Wings, center Darren Helm (shoulder) and goaltender Jimmy Howard (knee) are out. Defenseman Danny DeKeyser (shoulder), center Stephen Weiss (groin) and left winger Henrik Zetterberg (back) are on injured reserve.

-The Red Wings' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not hold a morning skate today. Their primary lines and defensive pairings during last night's game against the Devils were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
 36 Jussi Jokinen -71 Evgeni Malkin - 59 Jayson Megna
23 Chris Conner - 16 Brandon Sutter - 46 Joe Vitale
27 Craig Adams - 38 Zach Sill - 12 Chuck Kobasew

3 Olli Maata - 58 Kris Letang
5 Deryk Engelland - 2 Matt Niskanen
47 Simon Despres - 41 Robert Bortuzzo

-The Red Wings' primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

8 Justin Abdelkader - 13 Pavel Datsyuk - 11 Daniel Alfredsson
14 Gustav Nyquist - 93 Johan Franzen - 44 Todd Bertuzzi
20 Drew Miller - 18 Joakim Andersson - 21 Tomas Tatar
71 Daniel Cleary - 41 Luke Glendening - 17 Patrick Eaves

52 Jonathan Ericsson - 55 Niklas Kronwall
27 Kyle Quincey - 2 Brendan Smith
23 Brian Lashoff - 4 Jakub Kindl

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Red Wings, this happened:

-Left winger James Neal is suspended.

-Malkin has 598 career points.

-Alfredsson has 698 career assists.

-Gustavsson has 49 career wins.

-Our live blog, direct from our couch, begins at approximately 6:45 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Photobucket)

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