Washington Capitals (25-19-2) @ Pittsburgh Penguins (26-17-4)
TV: NBC, NHLN-CA
Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, PA
Evgeni Malkin is picking up points like it's his job, which it is. Since December 1st he has 16 goals and 16 assists for 32 points. In his last five games he has eight goals and two assists. He now leads the league in points.
The Penguins have won five games in-a-row, but two have come via the shootout. They're are 5-5 in their last ten. The Capitals are 3-2 in their last five and 6-4 in their last ten. They sit in eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, but only two points out of the Southeast Division lead and third spot. The Pens are in sixth.
Season Series: 1-1-1.
Last meeting that counted: January 11, 2012. Capitals won 1-0.
What we said in our recap:
How the mighty have fallen. Over the past five years or so, Pens-Caps games always had that "big game" feel to them usually because both teams were vying for Eastern Conference supremacy in the standings and the respective fan bases wanted bragging rights. This game, meanwhile, was like two people tackling each other at the bottom of the basement steps in an attempt to clamber up faster than the other. Chirping between fan bases was nonexistent.
Know Your Enemy: Rock The Red.net.
What they're saying:
The Washington Capitals were on ice for a practice Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh following their 3-0 embarrassment against the Hurricanes on Friday night. Some updates from the CONSOL Energy Center: Dale Hunter changed up his lines again following Friday night's game. They were as follows: Ovechkin-Johansson-Brouwer, Semin-Laich-Knuble, Chimera-Halpern-Ward, and Hendricks-Eakin-Perreault-Beagle. Hunter, who said before the game with Carolina knew who would start tomorrow's game against the Penguins, was not divulging who his selection was after the skate. Nicklas Backstrom now has not skated in over two weeks. That's all for now.
Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:
Fleury and Bylsma won the Dapper Dan.
Washington Capitals Notes:
The Capitals don't shoot as much under Hunter.
Is the Caps offense good enough?
They aren't that good on the road.
Favorite Washington Capitals Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:
Still a classic.
Pittsburgh Penguins Lines from Empty Netters.:
Chris Kunitz – Evgeni Malkin – James Neal
Pascal Dupuis – Dustin Jeffrey – Tyler Kennedy
Matt Cooke – Richard Park – Steve Sullivan
Eric Tangradi – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams
Kris Letang – Brooks Orpik
Paul Martin – Zbynek Michalek
Matt Niskanen – Deryk Engelland
Washington Capitals Lines from Empty Netters:
Alex Ovechkin – Marcus Johansson – Troy Brouwer
Mike Knuble – Brooks Laich – Alexander Semin
Jason Chimera – Jeff Halpern – Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks – Cody Eakin – Mathieu Perrault/Jay Beagle
Karl Alzner – Dennis Wideman
Dmitry Orlov – John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik – Tomas Kundratek
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