2011 Penguins Schedule: Pittsburgh Hosts Balanced Detroit Team To Start The Week

DETROIT, MI - OCTOBER 2: Tyler Kennedy #48 of the Pittsburgh Penguins crashes the net as Jimmy Howard #35 of the Detroit Red Wings prepares to make a save on James Neal #18 of the Pittsburgh Penguins during their preseason NHL game at Joe Louis Arena October 2, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)

The Detroit Red Wings make their one and only trip to Pittsburgh this week, before the Pens have a back-to-back road-home weekend.

Coming off  a weekend win on Long Island against the Islanders, the Pittsburgh Penguins return home this week to face the Detroit Red Wings at Consol Enegry Center on Tuesday night. The Red Wings are currently 18-9-1 and trail the Chicago Blackhawks by one point in the NHL's Central Division. The Red Wings have one of the most balanced attacks in the league, boasting the NHL's 5th ranked goals against average and the 5th ranked goals per game average. Team points leader Pavel Datsyuk is listed as day-to-day with a lower body injury, but the All Star center is not expected to miss Tuesday's game.

The Penguins will then head out on the road, traveling up north to face the Ottawa Senators. Pittsburgh dominated the Sens the day after Thanksgiving, scoring four goals in the first ten minutes for a 6-3 win. Ottawa is currently 13-13 and is last in the Northeast Division.

Finally, the Pens will travel home from Ottawa and close out the week on the second night of a back-to-back against the Buffalo Sabres. Pittsburgh lost to Buffalo 3-2 in their first matchup of the season.

All three games will be broadcast locally on Fox Sports Pittsburgh.

Tuesday, December 13, 7:00 PM: Detroit at Pittsburgh

Friday, December 16, 7:30 PM: Pittsburgh at Ottawa

Saturday, December 17, 7:00 PM: Buffalo at Pittsburgh

You can find the full 2011-2012 Pittsburgh Penguins schedule here. For all news and information regarding Pittsburgh hockey, please visit PensBurgh.

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