The Penguins (28-21-3) are red hot, folks. Tonight they'll look to make it four wins in a row when Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals (30-15-5) come to town. Puck drop is scheduled for just after 7:00PM from PPG Paints Arena.
The Penguins have won three games in a row and eight of their last ten. They've lost just three games since the new year. They finally have a positive goal differential and it only took them 52 games (thanks Niemi). The Pens currently sit third in the Metrosexual Division with 59 points, trailing the New Jersey Devils by just one point. Of course, they're looking up at the first place Washington Capitals who currently have 65 points. I don't necessarily believe in big games in February, but if there was ever a game that would be nice to win, tonight would be that game. All this coming after some fans (Chris Crowell *cough* cough*) wrote the Penguins off just a few weeks ago when they were struggling. Folks, I think the Pens are back.
The Penguins are coming off a 5-2 win against the Joe Thornton-less San Jose Sharks on Monday. In that game, Matt Murray saved 40/42 shots in first game played since January 7th when the Penguins beat the Boston Bruins in overtime. Evgeni Malkin was unreal in the month of January, tallying 12 goals and 7 assists. Doing so earned him the NHL's First Star of the month. It's not just Malkin who's thriving, Phil Kessel is now 4th in the league in points, trailing the league's top scorer, Nikita Kucherov, by just five points. Oh by the way, Sidney Crosby is now 9th in the league in scoring. Yeah, the Penguins are hot.
As good as the Penguins are, keep in mind this is the regular season, which means this is where the Washington Capitals excel. Sure they can't do shit in the playoffs, especially when it comes to advancing past the second round, but getting wins during the regular season is their thing. I wouldn't be surprised if the Caps won by eight tonight, because you know, in the regular season they're are a different team. The Caps are coming off a 5-3 win over the Ed Snider-less Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday and will try to make it three wins in a row tonight. Alex Ovechkin leads the team in goals (30) and points (53). Ovechkin will likely hit the 50 goal plateau again for the 8th time in his career, but it won't mean much when he's binge watching Shameless on Netflix instead of playing in the Eastern Conference Finals come May. Either way, tonight should be a good game.
**Scouting the Refs sucks so I doubt we'll update this later.**
Expect Braden Holtby vs Matt Murray tonight in between the pipes.
Forward Conor Sheary is week-to-week, per Head Coach Mike Sullivan.
Originally us here at Pens of Anarchy were thrilled because Conor Sheary (SHARRRRRY) sucks, but his absence means Ryan Reaves is likely to play.
Speaking of absence, both Matt Hunwick and Chad Ruhwedel are making progress. Expect Ian Cole to be a healthy scrath sooner rather than later.
Carter Rowney returned to practice yesterday. He's missed the last 11 games, so I guess that's good.
Sidney Crosby had 21 points in January. For those of you counting at home, that's a lot. He's good.
The Penguins and Capitals have each won a game this season against each other.
The Penguins beat the Caps 3-2 on October 11th (scoring three power play goals).
The Capitals beat the Penguins 4-1 back on November 10th.
I fully expect Tom Wilson and Ryan Reaves to fight.
I'm mad just thinking about it.
I miss Jagr.
Old Posts from our site, heyyyyyfannnssss (4/11-2/15). Cute name, but impossible to remember.