The Pens lost their final preseason game to the Detroit Red Wings 4-1 at Joe Louis Arena, but let's be honest here - did Detroit really beat the Pens? And more importantly, does any of this matter?
Long story short, a lineup void of Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar resulted in only one Pittsburgh goal from a relatively unlikely source; Pascal Dupuis. Marc-Andre Fleury didn't look horrible in net, per se, but there were a few shots he should've had a jump on. In the first period Johan Franzen beat him gloveside more or less at point-blank range. Had it been a regular season game, or even playoffs for that matter, chances are Kris Letang would've sacrificed the body a bit more to block the shot. For what it's worth, I don't mind him slacking off a bit if it means preventing an injury.
But come Friday, no excuses.
Regular season kicks off Friday for both teams. One of them has a banner going up before taking to the ice against the Rangers.