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Playoff Watch: Hobbled Wings, Pens renew rivalry

Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:22 pm
Edited on: March 21, 2011 2:24 pm
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WHO CAN CLINCH: No new teams can secure a playoff berth today. 

ALREADY IN: Vancouver Canucks and Philadelphia Flyers

GAME OF THE NIGHT: Pittsburgh Penguins (41-23-8) at Detroit Red Wings (43-21-8), 7:30 p.m. ET

The combatants in two of the last three Stanley Cup Finals highlight a limited slate of games tonight. 
The Red Wings Wings begin a five-game homestand. (Seven of Detroit's final 10 regular season games are at Joe Louis Arena.) The Wings have an eight-point lead on the Chicago Blackhawks, who Detroit faces three times down the stretch. Forwards Pavel Datsyuk (lower body), Johan Franzen (groin) and Jiri Hudler (upper body) are likely to miss tonight's game, according to Ansar Khan of mlive.com. That could make winning 10 in a row against Eastern Conference opponents a little more difficult. 

The Pens have well-chronicled injury problems of their own with forwards Sidney Crosby (concussion) and Evgeni Malkin (out for season with knee injury), along with defenseman Brooks Orpik (finger) out. Forward Chris Kunitz, out 13 games with a lower-body injury, has been solid in the five games since he returned the lineup. Over the last three games, he has six points (three goals, three assists.) 

ALTERNATIVE VIEWING: Calgary Flames (37-27-10) at Los Angeles (40-26-6), 10:30 p.m. ET

This game is the only other game on the schedule, so it's not quite a tough call. Calgary comes to Staples Center a day after dropping a heart-breaker in Anaheim. The Flames overcame a three-goal deficit and even held a lead late in the third period before Teemu Selanne tied the game and Corey Perry gave the Ducks a 5-4 victory in overtime. The Kings enter the night in sixth place, two points ahead of the Flames. 

GOLF WATCH: The Colorado Avalanche and Edmonton Oilers won't get any new company tonight. 
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Since: Jan 30, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Playoff Watch: Hobbled Wings, Pens renew rivalry

HOW DO YOU THINK T/ KENNEDY AND ZBYNEK WILL DO, ESP WITH THE COOKE DECISION?



Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: March 21, 2011 6:01 pm
 

Playoff Watch: Hobbled Wings, Pens renew rivalry

I agree, should still be an exciting game to watch.  Detroit's got the edge I think, just because they have more potent scoring and MA Fleury hasn't looked very good of late.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: March 21, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Playoff Watch: Hobbled Wings, Pens renew rivalry

Not exactly the Crosby / Malkin / Orpik vs. Datsyuk / Zetterberg / Lidstrom game that most people would prefer to see unfortunately.  Still, it's interesting when these two teams get a chance to play.


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