About the Capitals - 03-19-13

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

A preview of the Capitals.

When and where: 7:30 p.m. EDT. Consol Energy Center.

TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), CSN-Washington (Washington, D.C. market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), TSN2.

Record: 12-15-1, 25 points. The Capitals are in 13th place in the Eastern Conference and fourth place in the Southeast Division.

Leading Scorer: Mike Ribeiro, 31 points (10 goals, 21 assists).

Last Game: 5-3 home win against the Sabres, Sunday. Troy Brouwer, Marcus Johansson (right) and Mathieu Perreault each had a goal and an assist for the Capitals.

Last Game against the Penguins: 5-2 road loss, Feb. 7. Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin each had a goal and two assists for the Penguins.

Capitals Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Ribeiro. He has 24 points in 20 career games against the Penguins.

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: Former Penguins center Ron Lalonde scored the first hat trick in Capitals history when he had three goals against the Red Wings in an 8-5 loss, March 30, 1975.

Best Capitals Video We Could Find: Former Capitals coach Jim Schoenfeld getting kicked out of Game 5 of a 1996 Eastern Conference quarterfinal series and taunting the Civic Arena crowd as he leaves the ice:

Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (15-5-0, 2.45 GAA, .909 SV%) for the Penguins. Braden Holtby (10-9-0, 2.97 GAA, .908 SV%) for the Capitals.

Injuries: For the Penguins, Matt Cooke (unknown) is questionable. Defenseman Kris Letang ("lower body") and center Evgeni Malkin ("upper-body") are out. For the Capitals, defenseman Tomas Kundratek (leg) is out. Defensemen John Erskine ("upper body"), Mike Green (groin) and Tom Poti (back) are on injured reserve.

Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins did not practice with a full crew at this morning's skate. Based on the group which did skate, consider this an educated guess:

14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 9 Pascal Dupuis
19 Beau Bennett - 15 Dustin Jeffrey - 18 James Neal
24 Matt Cooke - 16 Brandon Sutter - 48 Tyler Kennedy
10 Tanner Glass - 46 Joe Vitale - 27 Craig Adams

44 Brooks Orpik - 7 Paul Martin
Matt Niskanen - 4 Mark Eaton
47 Simon Despres - 5 - Deryk Engelland

-The Capitals primary lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:

90 Marcus Johansson - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 8 Alex Ovechkin
16 Eric Fehr - 9 Mike Ribeiro - 20 Troy Brouwer
25 Jason Chimera - 85 Mathieu Perreault - 42 Joel Ward
21 Brooks Laich - 83 Jay Beagle - 26 Matt Hendricks

27 Karl Alzner - 61 Steve Oleksy
38 Jack Hillen - 74 John Carlson
55 Jeff Schultz - 81 Dmitry Orlov


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

-Goaltender Tomas Vokoun has 49 career shutouts.

-Laich will make his season debut after missing the entire season due to a groin injury.

-Our live blog begins at approximately 6:30 p.m. Please tune in.

(Photo: Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

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