National Hockey League
Preview
Detroit at Pittsburgh
When: 7:00 PM ET, Saturday, December 3, 2016
Where: PPG PAINTS Arena, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Two-time Hart Trophy winner Sidney Crosby and the reigning Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins are having little trouble generating offense while the Detroit Red Wings are having plenty of trouble avoiding the injury bug. Crosby will look to send the Penguins to their fourth win in six outings on Saturday when they play the second contest of a three-game homestand versus the Red Wings.

Crosby deftly batted the puck into the net from behind the goal to highlight his second three-point performance in five outings in Thursday's 6-2 rout of Dallas. The 29-year-old has six goals in his last eight games and a league-best 16 in 18 contests after missing the first six tilts because of a concussion. Injuries are an obvious sore point for the Red Wings, who are expected to be without forward Justin Abdelkader for two-to-four weeks with a sprained MCL in his right knee, according to the Detroit Free Press. The 29-year-old Michigan native sustained the injury during the first period of a 2-1 overtime loss to Florida on Thursday and joins fellow forwards Andreas Athanasiou (knee), Darren Helm (shoulder) and Tyler Bertuzzi (ankle), goalie Jimmy Howard (groin) and defensemen Brendan Smith (knee) and Alexey Marchenko (shoulder) on the sideline.

TV: 7 p.m. ET, NHL Network, FSN Detroit, ROOT (Pittsburgh)

ABOUT THE RED WINGS (11-10-3): Howard's absence has once again opened the door for goaltender Petr Mrazek, who is 2-0-2 with a .924 save percentage in his last four games. The 24-year-old Mrazek has yielded just five goals in his last three contests but owns a less-than-desirable 1-4-0 career mark with a gaudy 4.52 goals-against average in five encounters versus Pittsburgh. General manager Ken Holland told the Detroit Free Press that the team may call up a player from Grand Rapids of the American Hockey League on Saturday or lean on veteran forward Drew Miller as the Red Wings prepare to play three road games in four nights.

ABOUT THE PENGUINS (14-7-3): Patric Hornqvist scored his team high-tying fifth power-play goal and added an assist on Thursday to increase his point total to 14 (five goals, nine assists) in his last 14 games. Fellow forward Evgeni Malkin has scored a goal and set up five others during his four-game point streak and recorded 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 10 career meetings with the Red Wings. The defensemen are also chipping in on the offensive end, with veteran Ian Cole and Justin Schultz each recording four points (one goal, three assists) in their last five contests.

OVERTIME

1. Pittsburgh G Matt Murray has stopped 87 of 94 shots to post a 3-0-0 mark at home this season.

2. Detroit owns a 4-1-1 mark against Metropolitan Division representatives.

3. The Penguins have yielded six power-play goals in their last five games while the Red Wings are just 2-for-22 with the man advantage over the last seven.

PREDICTION: Penguins 4, Red Wings 1
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Detroit 11-10-3-0 L1 6-6-2-0 5-4-1-0 0-2-0-0 11-8-3-0 2-6-2-0
Pittsburgh 14-7-2-1 W1 9-2-1-0 5-5-1-1 0-1-0-0 14-6-2-1 6-3-0-0
Last Meeting
Detroit Pittsburgh
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
3/26/16 PIT 7 DET 2 23 34 1-2 41 21 2-5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Detroit A. Athanasiou 1
Pittsburgh N. Bonino 5
Goals Player  
Detroit A. Athanasiou 1
Pittsburgh C. Hagelin 2
Assists Player  
Detroit P. Datsyuk 1
Pittsburgh N. Bonino 4
Saves Player  
Detroit P. Mrazek 23
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 21
Season
Total Points Player  
Detroit G. Nyquist 20
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 25
Goals Player  
Detroit D. Larkin 9
Pittsburgh S. Crosby 16
Assists Player  
Detroit G. Nyquist 14
Pittsburgh P. Kessel 16
Saves Player  
Detroit P. Mrazek 420
Pittsburgh M. Fleury 572
Quickchart Matchup
Detroit Off vs  Pittsburgh Def
2.29 GF
2.96 GA
27.5 Shots
32.6 Shots
13 PP
19 PK
Pittsburgh Off vs  Detroit Def
3.04 GF
2.54 GA
34.2 Shots
30.8 Shots
16 PP
13 PK