Detroit plays Pittsburgh, aims to break home slippage

Pittsburgh Penguins (44-23-11, third in the Metropolitan) vs. Detroit Red Wings (30-38-10, sixth in the Atlantic)

Detroit; Saturday, 12:30 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: Detroit hosts Pittsburgh looking to stop their three-game home slide.

The Red Wings are 20-21-5 against Eastern Conference opponents. Detroit is averaging 9.2 penalty minutes per game, seventh most in the Eastern Conference. Givani Smith leads the team in service by 108 minutes in total.

The Penguins are 26-15-6 in conference play. Pittsburgh averages 3.0 penalties per game, the fewest in the Eastern Conference. Mark Friedman leads the team with an average of 0.4.

When they last met on March 27, Pittsburgh won 11-2. Evgeni Malkin recorded a team-high 4 points for the Penguins.

BEST PERFORMERS: Dylan Larkin leads the Red Wings with 31 goals and 69 points. Jakub Vrana has five goals and three assists in Detroit’s last 10 games.

Sidney Crosby has 81 total points while scoring 29 goals and 52 assists for the Penguins. Jake Guentzel has seven assists in Pittsburgh’s last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Red Wings: 4-5-1, averaged 2.5 goals, 3.8 assists, 4.2 penalties and 10.3 penalty minutes while allowing 3.2 goals per game with a save percentage. 0.914 stops.

Penguins: 4-5-1, averaging 3.1 goals, five assists, 3.1 penalties and 7.2 penalty minutes while allowing 2.8 goals per game with a .922 save percentage.

INJURIES: Red Wings: Dylan Larkin: out for the season (core), Alex Nedeljkovic: out (illness), Givani Smith: out (undisclosed).

Penguins: Tristan Jarry: out (foot).

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The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.