Injury report: PIT - Sidney Crosby (concussion, out) and Tyler Kennedy (high-ankle sprain, out). PHI - Tom Sestito (lower-body injury, out), James van Riemsdyk (concussion, out), and Daniel Briere (upper-body injury, out).
Three things to watch: 1. Bitter rivalry Whenever these two teams meet, you know it will get messy. Due to history, and geographic location, the Penguins and Flyers represent the closest natural rivals to each other, spurning a hatred that has carried on for generations. With players like Arron Asham, Max Talbot, and Jaromir Jagr all carrying a unique history with the opposing team, you can expect this tilt to get chippy. Should be a great old-school game with the team that battles hardest coming out on top. 2. Possible round one? Right now the Flyers sit in fourth and the Penguins are in sixth which is relatively close to making them opposing playoff seeds. In fact, if the Pens win, they would then move into the fourth seed, knocking the Flyers literally down a peg. Today's nationally televised game should have the feel of a playoff game as these two teams try to determine if they have enough for a deep playoff run. 3. Ilya Bryzgalov Bryzgalov might be the biggest running joke of the season but now is the time for him to put on his game face. The enigmatic starting goalie has been hot and cold since the new year as the Flyers crave consistency between the pipes. If he allows more than three goals, it will show the team that perhaps he isn't there guy. Final thought: The Penguins recently lost a tough one to the Anaheim Ducks but they should see their luck turn around today. With the Flyers fighting off the flu bug and still tweaking their lineup, the Pens should be better prepared, forcing their opponent to play their game. Prediction: Penguins 3, Flyers 1
The rest of today’s predictions: Blackhawks over Blue Jackets Blues over Wild Islanders over Hurricanes Capitals over Lightning Canucks over Maple Leafs Coyotes over Stars Kings over Flames ---
Five must-read links: - The Globe and Mail: Pens, Habs lead NHL in man-games lost to injury - Artic Ice Hockey: Press Box Musings: Why the Winnipeg Jets Should Stand Pat at the Trade Deadline - Sporting News: Friday exchange: How risky would a Rick Nash trade be? - Smashville 24/7: Gill instantly improves Preds' defense - Puck Daddy: Trending Topics: Here’s who should be mad about Blue Jackets trading Nash, Carter ---
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Pavel Datsyuk scored with 5 seconds left to give the Detroit Red Wings 22nd consecutive home victory, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Three nights after breaking the NHL single-season record for consecutive home victories, the Red Wings tied Boston's multiple-season mark. The Bruins closed the 1929-30 season with 20 victories at home and won their first two...
The Detroit Red Wings had won an NHL record 21 home games in a row.
Thanks to Pavel Datsyuk and his goal with less than 0:06 left, they can now make that 22 in a row.
Despite a tremendous pace in which they skated stride for stride with Detroit, the Nashville Predators couldn’t convert on their numerous breakaways and left Motown without even a point to show for their efforts...
This was by all accounts a playoff game for both teams tonight. Pavel Datsyuk has hit a level of skill that 99.9% of NHL players only wish they could achieve. I have never seen a player so dominate at both ends of the ice the way Datsyuk is. Pittsburgh can have Malkin, and Washington, Ovechkin. They don't come close to being as valuable as Pavel.Recap after the jump
The Detroit Red Wings won an impressive 22nd consecutive home game by edging the Nashville Predators 2-1.
Rinne watches as Datsyuk scores the game-winning goal Friday night in Detroit
It looked like overtime was inevitable when Pavel Datsyuk skated around all-star defenseman Ryan Suter and then beat goaltender Pekka Rinne to give Detroit the lead with only 5 seconds left in regulation...
Pavel Datsyuk made a couple of dazzling plays to help extend the Red Wings' NHL home win streak to 22 games. Datsyuk assisted on Johan Franzen's goal and scored the game-winner with 5.8 seconds left to give the Red Wings a 2-1 win over the Predators on Friday night at Joe Louis Arena.
It's a big week for Minnesota. In a span of only a few days, the state will play host to Hockey Day in America followed by the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships on Lake Nokimis. To get into the pond hockey spirit, NESN Nation's Dan Duquette asked our Twitter followers which NHL players they think would excel out on the ice. To see who they thought could dangle their way to pond...
DETROIT (AP) -- The Detroit Red Wings' three best players combined on a spectacular late goal to bring them within one victory of another record.
Pavel Datsyuk scored with 5 seconds left to give the Red Wings' their 22nd consecutive home victory, 2-1 over the Nashville Predators on Friday night.
Three nights after breaking the NHL single-season record for consecutive home...
After a six game home stand that included plenty of drama as well as some late-game heroics, the Detroit Red Wings still have their NHL-record home winning streak alive. The streak is now 23 straight at Joe Louis Arena after the Red Wings topped the San Jose Sharks 3-2 today.
The streak has had remarkable moments, and none more so than Friday night’s game between Detroit and...
This was a game that the Washington Capitals had to win.
And for the first time in awhile, the Capitals came up with a win in a "must-win" game, defeating the Florida Panthers by a 2-1 score inside BankAtlantic Center on Friday night.
Riding goals from team Russian Sniper, Alex Ovechkin and Alexander Semin, in the third period, and 22 saves from Tomas Vokoun, who was...
Alexander Semin scored the tiebreaking goal and Tomas Vokoun made 22 saves against his former team as the Washington Capitals beat the Florida Panthers 2-1 on Friday night. Alex Ovechkin also scored as the Capitals moved two points behind the first-place Panthers in the Southeast Division. Tomas Fleischmann scored for Florida and Jose Theodore stopped 39 shots.
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