A preview of the Capitals.
When and where: 7:30 p.m, EST, Consol Energy Center.
TV: Root Sports (Pittsburgh market), NBC Sports Network (rest of the United States), SportsNet.
Record: 17-11-6, 40 points. The Capitals are in fourth place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Nicklas Backstrom, 36 points (11 goals, 25 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 road loss to the Rangers Tuesday. Defenseman John Carlson had for the Capitals.
Last Game against the Penguins: 2-0 road loss March 11. Goaltender Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves for the Capitals.
Capitals Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Left winger Alex Ovechkin. In 35 career games against the Penguins, he has 41 points..
Ex-Penguins on the Capitals: Defensemen Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik (right) and assistant coach Todd Reirden.
Ex-Capitals on the Penguins: Assistant coach Rick Tocchet.
Useless Capitals Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Orpik and Niskanen are among eight players who have been NHL teammates with Ovechkin and Penguins center Sidney Crosby. The others are left wingers Chris Bourque, Matt Cooke, Rico Fata, goaltenders Brent Johnson, Tomas Vokoun and center Kris Beech.
The last time the Capitals played the Penguins, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Marc-Andre Fleury (19-4-3, 2.09 GAA, .929 SV%) for the Penguins. Braden Holtby (15-8-5, 2.30 GAA, .917 SV%) for the Capitals.
Injuries: For the Penguins, defenseman Robert Bortuzzo ("upper body") is questionable. Right winger Steve Downie (mumps) and goaltender Thomas Greiss (mumps) are out. Right wingers Craig Adams (undisclosed), Beau Bennett (knee), Pascal Dupuis (blood clot), defensemen, Christian Ehrhoff ("lower body"), Olli Maatta ("upper body"), Paul Martin (undisclosed), centers Zach Sill ("upper body"), Scott Wilson (leg) and left winger Blake Comeau (wrist) are on injured reserve. For the Capitals, defenseman John Erskine ("upper body"), Dmitry Orlov (broken wrist) and left winger Aaron Volpatti (neck) are on injured reserve..
Potential lines and defensive pairings: The Penguins' primary lines at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 36 Bryan Rust
71 Evgeni Malkin - 16 Brandon Sutter - 72 Patric Hornqvist
13 Nick Spaling - 57 Marcel Goc - 59 Jayson Megna
20 Rob Klinkhammer - 25 Andrew Ebbett - 34 Bobby Farnham
Consider this a guess based off their defensive pairings at today's morning skate:
4 Rob Scuderi - 58 Kris Letang
8 Brian Dumoulin - 47 Simon Despres
6 Scott Harrington - 41 Roberto Bortuzzo
-The Capitals' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
8 Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 43 Tom Wilson
90 Marcus Johansson - 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov - 20 Troy Brouwer
21 Brooks Laich - 16 Eric Fehr - 42 Joel Ward
46 Michael Latta - 65 Andre Burakovsky - 83 Jay Beagle
2 Matt Niskanen - 27 Karl Alzner
44 Brooks Orpik - 74 John Carlson
52 Mike Green - 38 Jack Hillen
-Megna and goaltender Jeff Zatkoff were recalled from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
-Center Brandon Sutter will play after being sidelined two games as a precaution against mumps.
-Bortuzzo was activated from injured reserve and as described as a game-time decision.
-Martin and Bennett each took part in the morning skate. Head coach Mike Johnston said they are "within a few steps of playing."
-Center Nick Spaling has 99 career points.
-Center Marcus Johansson has played in 300 career games.
-The referees are Ian Walsh (No. 29) and Frederick L'Ecuyer (No. 17). The linesmen are Brian Murphy (No. 93) and Derek Amell (No. 75).
-We will not have a live blog but will have a postgame blog.
(Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images)