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Leading Scorer: Alexander Semin, 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists)
Last Game: 5-1 defeat of the Canucks at Washington, Monday.
Last Game against the Penguins: 4-2 loss at Washington, March 9.
Capitals Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Really, how do you ever go against Alex Ovechkin (right)?
Ex-Penguins: Matt Bradley, RW.
Useless Capitals Trivia: Two one-time Penguins, Kevin Hatcher and Yvon Labre, served as the Capitals' captain at one point in their careers.
Best Capitals YouTube Video We Could Find: It's a Capital feeling:
-Goaltender Jose Theodore is expected to start tonight for Washington. No word yet if he's still looking for his water bottle he lost in the 2005-06 season while with Montreal:
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EMPTY NETTER ASSISTS
-Sidney Crosby stinks.
-How many points do you think Crosby will finish with? Vote on it here.
-Why was Mike Zigomanis so easy to pick up?
-Matt Cooke is questionable for tonight.
-The rivalry between Crosby and Ovechkin has been rather one-sided in terms of wins and losses.
-Former Penguins forward Kris Beech signed with a team in Sweden. No word yet if the Penguins are considering bringing Mario Lemieux out of retirement to overcome that loss.
-A funeral for late Rangers prospect Alexei Cherepanov was held yesterday. Former Penguins forward Jaromir Jagr (right) was in attendance.
-Rangers defenseman Paul Mara went off on Sabres forward Patrick Kaleta last night.
-Islanders defenseman Brendan Witt is fine after injuring his head Monday.
-The Islanders recalled forward Mitch Fritz from Bridgeport of the AHL.
-Flyers forward Simon Gagne seems to have bounced back from his concussion problems last season. He has three goals in three games so far this season.
-Alex Tanguay's debut at home with the Canadiens went well. His shootout goal gave the Habs a 4-3 win against the Bruins. It was Montreal's 12 consecutive regular season win against their alleged rivals.
-Former Penguins goon Georges Laraque made his Canadiens debut last night. He dropped the gloves with Boston's Shawn Thornton:
-Thomas Vanek had two goals and led the Sabres to a 3-1 road win against the Rangers. The loss was the first of the season for the Rangers.
-The Maple Leafs want forward Ryan Hollweg to stop being stupid.
-Hollweg actually blamed Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo for getting hit from behind.
-Senators coach Craig Hartsburg said goaltender Martin Gerber needs to quit giving up bad goals.
-Tampa Bay's high-prices free agents, including former Penguin Ryan Malone (above, left), aren't earning their paychecks as of yet.
-The Lightning has not officially signed free agent defensemen Marek Malik yet.
-Hurricanes forward Eric Staal has been racking up mad ice time.
-Carolina goaltender Cam Ward is good people.
-The Thrashers are having problems with their power play.
-Martin Havlat had a goal and an assist for the Blackhawks in a 4-1 defeat of the Coyotes. It was Chicago's first win of the season.
-The best way the Blackhawks can win back fans is to win games.
-Chicago forward Jonathan Toews is already showing why the Blackhawks made him a captain.
-The Blue Jackets put forward Jared Boll on injured reserve due to "head/neck issues." To replace him, forward Nikita Filatov, the team's 2008 first-round pick, was recalled from Syracuse of the AHL.
-Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg is dealing with a groin injury.
-Detroit defenseman Chris Chelios claims he would've shoved Def Leppard's Joe Elliot for putting the Stanley Cup upside down.
-Just what we need; Two 70-year-old men who haven't been relevant since the 1980s beating each other up.
-Former Predators forward Alexander Radulov talked about possibly playing for the Predators again.
-Mathieu Garon made 33 saves and helped the Oilers edge the rival Ducks, 3-2. Anaheim is off to an 0-4-0 start.
-Goaltender Andrew Raycroft will make his debut with the Avalanche.
-Folks in Denver don't seem to as excited about the Avalanche as they were in the old days.
-Minnesota defenseman Marek Zidlicky was put on injured reserve.
-Having dealt with Marian Hossa last season, Thrashers general manager Don Waddell knows what the Wild is going through with Marian Gaborik.
-Rookie forward Fabian Brunnstrom (right) showed what all the hype was about. The much ballyhooed rookie became the third player in league history to record a hat trick and helped the Stars top the Predators, 6-4.
-The other two players to pull off that feat were Montreal Canadiens Alex Smart (1948) and Real Cloutier (1979).
-New Kings coach Terry Murray is no stranger to California hockey. He used to be a member of the Oakland Seals.
-We'll go well out of our way to drop an Oakland Seals reference in EN by the way.
-Ducks prospect Steve Kampfer, a defenseman at the University of Michigan suffered a fractured skull and neck after being attacked on campus Sunday. Michigan football player Mike Milano is a suspect in the attack and has been suspended from the football team indefinitely.
-The political ambitions of former Winnipeg Jets forward Thomas Steen have hit a road block.
(Photos: Ovechkin-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images; Jagr-Nikolai Krivich/Associated Press; Malone-Reinhold Matay; Associated Press; Havlat-Brian Kersey/Getty Images; Brunnstrom-Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)