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Red Wings host Penguins in Stanley Cup rematch

Pittsburgh (8-4-2) at Detroit (9-2-2), 7:00 pm EDT

DETROIT (Ticker) -- Off to their best start in over a decade,

the Pittsburgh Penguins have the chance to enjoy some revenge

for getting bounced in the Stanley Cup Finals.

Evgeni Malkin and the Penguins visit the defending champion

Detroit Red Wings on Tuesday in a rematch of last season's title


Winners of three straight, the Penguins are off to their best

start through 14 games since the '95-96 season, when they went

8-3-3. They are coming off a 4-3 shootout victory over the New

York Islanders on Saturday in which Dany Sabourin made 19 saves

while starting netminder Marc-Andre Fleury rested after playing

three straight contests.

A major reason for Pittsburgh's success has been Malkin, who

leads the NHL with 22 points. The 22-year-old Russian recorded

three points against Detroit in the Stanley Cup Finals and 22

overall in the playoffs.

The Red Wings have improved a great deal since last facing the

Penguins, thanks to the offseason signing of superstar right win

Marian Hossa. Hossa helped Pittsburgh to an Eastern Conference

title, recording 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 postseason games

before the team was bounced in six games by the Wings.

After signing a one-year, $7.45 million contract in the

offseason, Hossa has eight goals and nine assists this season

with Detroit, which is second in the West with 20 points.

Backup goaltender Ty Conklin also fled for the Western

Conference foe after helping the Penguins mostly when Fleury was

injured for all but 35 games in the regular season. Conklin is

3-1-0 with a 3.19 goals-against average in four games this

season but will not get the nod by coach Mike Babcock in this


Chris Osgood will start again and try to notch his 370th

victory, which would put him in sole possession of 14th place on

the all-time wins list. He is currently tied with Tom Barrasso

and three victories away from pulling even with Andy Moog, who

stands at 13th.

The Red Wings are coming off a 3-1 win over the New Jersey

Devils on Saturday, and a 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks one

day earlier.


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