Pittsburgh heads to Detroit for conference showdown
Detroit; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Detroit and Pittsburgh take the ice in Eastern Conference play.
The Red Wings are 5-21-0 in conference games. Detroit is last in the NHL averaging 3.8 assists per game. Dylan Larkin leads them with 20 total assists.
The Penguins are 9-9-3 in conference play. Pittsburgh is fifth in the NHL recording 9.2 points per game, averaging 3.4 goals and 5.8 assists.
In their last meeting on Dec. 7, Pittsburgh won 5-3.
TOP PERFORMERS: Calvin Pickard leads the Red Wings with a minuszero in three games played this season. Larkin has totaled 9 points over the last 10 games for Detroit.
LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 7-2-1, averaging 3.6 goals, 6.5 assists, 3.8 penalties and 9.8 penalty minutes while allowing 2.9 goals per game with a .909 save percentage.
Red Wings: 3-7-0, averaging 2.1 goals, 3.8 assists, 3.5 penalties and 7.3 penalty minutes while giving up 3.6 goals per game with a .884 save percentage.
INJURIES: Red Wings: None listed.
Penguins: None listed.