A preview of the Capitals.
When and where: 7 p.m., EDT, MCI Center Verizon Center.
TV: Root Sports, CSN Washington.
Record: 55-17-7, 117 points. The Capitals are in first place in the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division.
Leading Scorer: Center Evgeny Kuznetsov, 75 points (20 goals, 55 assists).
Last Game: 4-3 overtime home loss to the Islanders Tuesday. Left winger Alex Ovechkin had two goals for the Capitals.
Last Game against the Penguins: 6-2 road loss March 20. Goaltender Braden Holtby made 21 saves for the Capitals.
Capitals Player We Would Bet Money On Scoring: Center T.J. Oshie (right). He has four points in four games against the Penguins this season.
Ex-Penguins on the Capitals: Defensemen Taylor Chorney, Matt Niskanen, Brooks Orpik, assistant coach Todd Reirden and center Daniel Winnik
Ex-Capitals on the Penguins: Center Eric Fehr, assistant coach Rick Tocchet.
Useless Capitals Trivia Vaguely Related to the Penguins: Fehr is one of six former Capitals first-round draft picks who have played for the Penguins:
|Kevin Hatcher, D
|John Slaney, D
|Sergei Gonchar, D
|Nolan Baumgartner, D
|Kris Beech, C
|Eric Fehr, C
The last time the Penguins played the Capitals, this happened:
Probable goaltenders: Matt Murray (8-2-1, 1.98 GAA, .930 SV%) for the Penguins. Braden Holtby (47-9-6, 2.20 GAA, .922 SV%) for the Senators.
Injuries: For the Penguins, left winger Conor Sheary (face) is questionable. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (concussion), Olli Maatta ("lower body") and right winger Bryan Rust ("lower body") are out. Centers Evgeni Malkin ("upper body"), Kevin Porter (right ankle), right winger Pascal Dupuis (blood clots) and left winger Scott Wilson (right ankle/foot) are on injured reserve. For the Capitals, center Nicklas Backstrom ("upper body") is in.
Potential lines and defensive pairings: According to the team's Web site, the Penguins lines and pairings at today's morning skate were:
14 Chris Kunitz - 87 Sidney Crosby - 72 Patric Hornqvist
62 Carl Hagelin - 13 Nick Bonino - 81 Phil Kessel
34 Tom Kuhnhackl - 7 Matt Cullen - 16 Eric Fehr
47 Tom Sestito/43 Conor Sheary - 40 Oskar Sundqvist - 19 Beau Bennett
6 Trevor Daley - 58 Kris Letang
8 Brian Dumoulin - 12 Ben Lovejoy
28 Ian Cole - 4 Justin Schultz
-The Capitals' lines and defensive pairings at today's morning skate were:
8 Alex Ovechkin - 19 Nicklas Backstrom - 77 T.J. Oshie
65 Andre Burakovsky - 92 Evgeny Kuznetsov - 14 Justin Williams
25 Jason Chimera - 90 Marcus Johansson - 43 Tom Wilson
26 Daniel Winnik - 10 Mike Richards - 83 Jay Beagle
27 Karl Alzner - 2 Matt Niskanen
44 Brooks Orpik - 74 John Carlson
9 Dmitry Orlov - 88 Nate Schmidt
-The Penguins recalled left winger Tom Sestito from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the AHL.
-The Penguins have a seven-game winning streak.
-The Penguins' magic number to clinch second place for the Neapolitan Ice Cream Metropolitan Division is two points.
-The Penguins' power play has gone 10 for 66 (15.1 percent) in games with Malkin out of the lineup this season. With Malkin, they have gone 38 for 189 (20.1 percent).
-Holtby needs one win to tie former Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur's single-season record for wins of 48 set in 2006-07.
-The referees are (No. 8) Dave Jackson and (No. 23) Brad Watson. The linesmen are (No. 93) Brian Murphy and (No. 70) Derek Nansen.
(Photo: Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)