You don't need me to tell you that the Detroit Red Wings are struggling. They're currently the worst team in the NHL, with a putrid 12 wins and 28 points in the overall standings.
No matter the record, it's always a special occasion when the hated Pittsburgh Penguins are in Hockeytown.
Unfortunately for the Red Wings, this isn't 2008. This isn't a roster composed of Lidstrom, Zetterberg and Datsyuk, rather it's led by a bunch of young kids with no superstar talent to be found. To make matters worse, the familiar hated faces of Crosby and Malkin are still there, crushing the hearts of Detroit fans.
You can hate Sidney Crosby all you want, but the man has not lost a step at all. Despite sitting out a good chunk of the season due to injury, Sid the Kid has scored 6 points in his last three games, with last night's overtime winner as the cherry on top. After the first showing of the Penguins' power play unit, it was apparent that the fire power would be too much for the Wings blue line. Crosby dazzled as usual with his elite passing and puck movement, and once it became 4on3, you knew it was over.
Dylan Larkin was asked whether or not the team still looks at the Penguins as rivals. Larkin answered by saying that last night felt like more than just a regular game, with struggling goaltender Jimmy Howard adding that pride was on the line. Although Howard hasn't been good, he was solid last night, allowing two power play goals with net front traffic.
The Red Wings aren't good, but they do at least compete. But to say that this game is a rivalry at this point is comical. There's really nobody of value left from the Stanley Cup showdowns. All that remains are the shells of Justin Abdelkader and Darren Helm.
The young core of Larkin, Mantha, Bertuzzi and Hronek are good. But the rivalry with the Penguins isn't there, not yet.
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