The evaluation period begins Wednesday night for Red Wings players looking to get on the roster.

A split-squad of Wings completed a morning skate at Centre ICE Arena Wednesday morning and will fly to Pittsburgh later this afternoon. The Wings face the Penguins Wednesday night (7 p.m., NHL Network, no local radio).

"These next eight (exhibition) games are very important and we've made it very clear, already, guys are battling for jobs," coach Mike Babcock said.