Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Capitals @ Penguins

Washington Capitals. Pittsburgh Penguins.

Need I say more?

Oh well, I will.

Storylines for tonight:

  • Pittsburgh is competing for the Atlantic division crown with New Jersey. You know they'd like to face Boston, Philadelphia, or the New York Rangers instead of Ottawa. That is, unless Buffalo passed both Atlantic teams, which would relegate the Atlantic winner to face Montreal. Pittsburgh and New Jersey each have 97 points with 3 games remaining, but New Jersey holds the tiebreaker by virtue of sweeping the season series from the western Pennsylvania rivals. That's 6 games, folks. And the Caps will look to sweep the Penguins as well, with a win.
  • Sidney Crosby: 47 goals. Alex Ovechkin: 46 goals. Steven Stamkos: 46 goals. All three have been cold since the Olympic break. Luckily for Caps fans, Ovechkin looked to have found his game against Boston, getting two helpers, a +1, 6 shots on goal (9 attempts), and 3 hits in a little over 18 minutes of ice time. His chances are looking good.
  • Alex Ovechkin trails Henrik Sedin by two points in the Art Ross Trophy Race. It says here that he'll not only catch up, but take the lead--tonight.
  • Both teams tend to play playoff-style hockey when they face off. Couple that in with the fact that they're trying to play playoff hockey right about now, and it should be good.
  • Jose Theodore is hot. Semyon Varlamov is getting better with each start. Bodes well for DC.
  • With two more wins, the Capitals will become the second team since the lockout to hit 120 points (Detroit hit 124 in 2005-2006).
  • The Capitals can extend their franchise record for road wins by winning their final road game tonight, in Pittsburgh.
  • Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar both missed the last meeting, a thrilling 4-3 shootout loss.
  • The Capitals have outscored Pittsburgh in the third period of games this season 10-2 or something like that.

It's the last regular season meeting between the Capitals and Penguins at Mellon Arena (next season, the Penguins will move to Consol Energy Center).

Watch the game on Versus.

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