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About the Capitals - 02-07-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Capitals.

When and where: 7 p.m. EST. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), CSN Washington (Washington D.C. market) and NHL Network (everywhere else outside the Pittsburgh and Washington D.C. markets).

Record: 2-7-1, 5 points. The Capitals are in last place in the Eastern Conference and last place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Mike Ribeiro, 11 points (3 goals, 8 assists).

Last Game: 3-2 home loss to the Maple Leafs, Tuesday. Michael Neuvirth (right) made 18 saves for the Capitals.

Last Game against the Penguins: 6-3 home loss, Sunday. Chris Kunitz had four goals for the Penguins.

Capitals Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Nicklas Backstrom. He enters the game on a five-game scoring streak.

Ex-Penguins on the Capitals: None.

Ex-Capitals on the Penguins: Matt Cooke, LW; Tomas Vokoun, G.

Useless Capitals Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: The Capitals franchise is the only one-time member of the NHL's old Patrick Division which has never won the Stanley Cup. The Rangers (1927, 1932, 1940, 1994), Flyers (1974, 1975), Islanders (1980, 1981, 1982, 1983), Flames (1989), Penguins (1991, 1992, 2009) and Devils (1995, 2000, 2003) have at least one title.

Best Capitals Video We Could Find: Former Capitals right winger Peter Bondra torching former Penguins goaltender Frank Pietrangelo for a goal during the 1991-92 season:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (4-2-0, 2.44 GAA, .907 SV%) for the Penguins. Michael Neuvirth (1-4-1, 2.99 GAA, .893 SV%) for the Capitals.

Injuries/Suspensions: For the Penguins, defenseman Kris Letang (undisclosed) is questionable. Defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) is on injured reserve. For the Capitals, defenseman Jack Hillen (shoulder) and center Brooks Laich (groin) are on injured reserve. Defenseman John Erskine is suspended.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
17 Zach Boychuk - 71 Evgeni Malkin - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

47 Simon Despres - 58 Kris Letang
44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
41 Robert Bortuzzo - 5 Deryk Engelland

-The Capitals expected primary lines and defensive pairings are:

17 Wojtek Wolski - 9 Mike Ribeiro - 8 Alex Ovechkin
90 Marcus Johansson - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera - 15 Joey Crabb - 42 Joel Ward
26 Matt Hendricks -  83 Jay Beagle - 16 Eric Fehr

27 Karl Alzner - 52 Mike Green
3 Tom Poti - 74 John Carlson
55 Jeff Schultz - 36 Tomas Kundratek

Notes:

-The last time the Penguins played the Capitals, this happened:

-This too although we didn't fully know about it until the next day:

-Letang left today's morning skate early. Dan Bylsma did not provide an update on his status. (PG+)

-“He’s still the same threat to me. Soon as you put your guard down against him, he’ll eat you alive.” - Orpik on Ovechkin who has yet to score an even-strength goal tthis season.

-Fleury has 22 career shutouts. He needs one more to surpass Tom Barrasso for most in franchise history.

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Crosby has 396 career assists.

-Cooke has 196 career assists.

-Dan Bylsma speaks:

-The Capitals are the only team which has yet to score four goals in a game this season.

-The Capitals are 9-0-1 in their past 10 visits to Pittsburgh.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Claus Andersen/Getty Images)

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