Detroit Red Wings: Crystal Ball Reveals Win Against Penguins Tonight

Matt HutterAnalyst IMarch 22, 2010

So, I did this a couple of weeks ago before the Wings faced the Minnesota Wild and the win I predicted did indeed materialize.

Here's hoping lightning, silly as it might be, strikes twice.

The last time the Penguins played at Joe Louis Arena, they ended the game by skating the Stanley Cup around, celebrating their third franchise championship.

While tonight's game can hardly be considered an opportunity for redemption, sending the Penguins home as losers is a goal the Wings' should have sufficient motivation for.

That said, here is my totally bogus, unscientific prediction for tonight's game, including analysis, final score, and game-winning goal-scorer.

Red Wings 4, Penguins 2

Gazing into my crystal ball, I see a Wings' team coming out with determination and focus in the first period.  True, they're short-manned again, as forwards Patrick Eaves and Dan Cleary are still out with injuries, but, the remaining Wings get started on time and play with purpose.

The first period ends in a stalemate as neither team manages to score on the other.

The second period starts much the same way, but, a power-play opportunity allows the Red Wings to pull ahead of the Pens, it's 1-0.  Shortly after, the Pens return the favor and score on their power-play, this is followed by a late period Penguins' goal that ends the second with the Wings' down 2-1.

Thank God we have the Mule back. Franzen ties the game early in the third period at 2-all.  From that point, the Wings start to dominate and find their chances coming easier.

Another Wings' power-play.

Henrik Zetterberg's goal gives the Wings a 3-2 lead and eventually turns out to be the game winner.

Valtteri Filppula adds an empty-netter to cap the 4-2 final, giving the Wings a much needed four-point lead over the Flames for eighth in the West.

Alright, that's what the crystal ball has revealed to me.  But, it reveals different things to different people.

Take a look for yourself and post your prediction for tonight's game!