Seedings at stake as Penguins visit Red Wings

The playoff teams in the Eastern Conference have been determined, but the seedings are still very much up in the air.Because of that, a lot of eyes will be watching what happens when the Pittsburgh Penguins visit the Detroit Red Wings for a Saturday matinee.Entering Friday’s action, the Penguins (44-23-11, 99 points) were two points ahead of the Washington Capitals for the third playoff spot in the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals have a late Friday game against the league’s worst team, the Arizona Coyotes.Whichever team secures the third spot will play a division foe, either Carolina or the New York Rangers, in the first round instead of being a wild card and playing the league’s best team, the Florida Panthers.The veteran Penguins are happy to have already clinched a playoff spot but would like to use the last four games of the regular season to earn the best matchup possible and go into postseason play with momentum.The Penguins are coming off an impressive 4-0 home win over the Boston Bruins on Thursday.”We feel good about our team,” Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan said. “We believe in the group we have and we believe in the depth we have at all positions. Regardless of what our lineup looks like on Game 1 (of the playoffs), we feel very good with the group we have.”The next challenge for Pittsburgh is a Detroit squad that is out of the playoff picture and looking to play spoiler.Detroit (30-38-10, 70 points) is coming off of a 5-2 loss at Florida on Thursday, but as the Red Wings showed on Tuesday in a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay, they can be a dangerous opponent. They are playing loose and a lot of young players are hungry to audition for roles next season.

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