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Pittsburgh Penguins Overall: 35-22-1-71
Road: 18-12-0-36
Washington Capitals
Overall:
40-12-6-86
Home: 22-3-3-47

 
Pittsburgh Penguins (35-22-1-71) vs. Washington Capitals (40-12-6-86)

Where: Verizon Center
When:
Sunday, February 7, 12 p.m.
Radio:
WXDX Radio, FM 105.9
TV:
NBC

Winning the 2004 NHL Draft Lottery has dramatically changed the fortunes of the Washington Capitals in much the same way winning the ’05 Lottery helped the Penguins. Adding Alex Ovechkin to the fold has enabled the Capitals to take home back-to-back Southeast Division crowns after missing the playoffs in four of five seasons prior. Washington, which has won a franchise record 13 consecutive games, is running away with its division for a third-consecutive season by opening a 27-point lead on the second place Tampa Bay Lightning heading into Saturday’s late games.
   
   
Pittsburgh and Washington square off for the second time this season. Washington won the first contest, 6-3, in Pittsburgh back on Jan. 21. Sidney Crosby tallied the opening goal of the game for the Penguins and Evgeni Malkin picked up three assists. Alex Ovechkin had two goals and an assist for Washington.
PIT WAS PIT WAS
G
Crosby (33) Ovechkin (39)
PP
Malkin (10) Backstrom (11)
A
Malkin (35) Backstrom (46)
SH
Staal (2) Three Tied (1)
PTS
Crosby (67) Ovechkin (82)
W/L
Fleury (26-14-1) Theodore (19-7-4)
PIM
Rupp (71) Ovechkin (62)
GAA
Fleury (2.58) Varlamov (2.21)
+/-
Staal (+14) Ovechkin (+38)
SVP
Johnson (.913) Varlamov (.924)
 
    
Stay Out of the Box: The Penguins will need to stay out of the penalty box in the rematch against the Capitals. If you remove Alex Ovechkin’s empty-net tally from the equation, Washington’s 2-for-2 performance with the man-advantage was the difference in the Capitals 6-3 victory on Jan. 21. Washington comes into the game with the NHL’s No.1 ranked power-play unit at 26 percent.

Shots on Goal:
The final score, 6-3, in the first matchup between these teams was not indicative of how the Penguins played. Pittsburgh outshot the Capitals, 38-34, firing 12 or more shots Jose Theodore’s way in all three periods. Theodore was the difference with 35 saves, and the Penguins should expect to see him on Sunday with backup Michal Neuvirth starting on Friday.
Forwards
Fedotenko-Crosby-Guerin
Dupuis-Staal-Malkin
Cooke-Letestu-Kennedy
Rupp-Adams-Wallace

Defense
Gonchar-Orpik
McKee-Goligoski
Eaton-Letang

Netminder
Fleury
 
    
F Chris Kunitz, abdominal (indefinitely)
F Eric Godard, groin (3-5 weeks)
F Maxime Talbot, undisclosed (day-to-day)
G Semyon Varlamov, groin/knee (day-to-day)

Sidney Crosby

The Penguins captain has picked up 23 points (13G-10) over his past 14 games to move into third place on the scoring list.


Mike Knuble

The hulking winger has 12 points (7G-5A) over his last nine games.


 
 
 
Last Meeting: Jan. 21, 2010
WAS 6 - PIT 3
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