Tonight the fairly inconsistent Pittsburgh Penguins (15-12-6) look to get back to their 'winning' ways when they face off against the fairly consistent Washington Capitals (20-9-3). Puck drop is just after 8pm on NBC Sports Network because it's a RIVALRYYYYY WEDNESDAY DJAFJDFJJDSJD.
Stop me if you've heard this one before...the Penguins blew a lead. That's right, the last time out the Penguins lost to Daniel Sprong and the Anaheim Ducks by a score of 4-2. Believe it or not, the Penguins started off hot scoring the first two goals only to surrender the next four. While the Penguins had pieced together a nice two game winning streak, both games involved surrendering the lead only to win it late.
Consistency has been a big issue for the Penguins all season. The Pens have not won three in a row since their five game win streak when they dominated all of Western Canada back in late October. The Caps on the other hand are the definition of consistency. Over their last ten games, they have posted a record of 8-2-0, and are led by Alex Ovechkin who's currently riding a six game goal streak and has 17 goals over his last 14 games played. Not an expert, but that's pretty good. These two teams have met twice so far this season. The Penguins won their first game of the season against the Caps thanks to a Kris Letang overtime goal. The Caps took game two back on November 7th when known ISIS sympathizer TJ Oshie scored late in the third to give the Caps a 2-1 victory. If you remember, that's the game Malkin almost ended Oshie's career because Oshie blindly skated into him with his head down.
Yesterday the Penguins sent forward J.S. Dea back down to Wilkes-Barre to make room on their roster. Both Patric Hornqvist and Dominik Simon took part in the morning skate. Horny skated alongside Tanner Pearson and Derick Brassard, so I'd expect him to play tonight. Matt Murray will get the nod in goal so buckle up.
I'm going to say something that you don't want to hear: Mike Sullivan is slowly becoming Dan Byslma 2.0.
Jake Guentzel was benched for a significant amount of the second period following a brutal turnover that led to a Ducks goal on Monday.
Jack Johnson has been a mistake all season and logs regular minutes. I get that it's because they gave him that huge contract and don't want to believe they were wrong, but picking favorites is not how to do it.
Pascal Dupuis said on some show Monday night that he believes there's a rift between Phil Kessel/ Evgeni Malkin and Mike Sullivan.
Today Sullivan called Dupuis' words 'irresponsible', but to be honest, I'm #TeamDupuis on this one.
They should retire Duper's number along with Jagr's, to be honest.
Patric Hornqvist should be back tonight. He's missed six games with an upper-body injury.
Expect Braden Holtby to go against Matt Murray tonight.
This will be Tom Wilson's first game against the Penguins this season, and to be quite honest, I am mad as hell.
TJ actively supports ISIS.
Bryan Rust is starting to get hot after taking the first three months of the season off. He now has 5 goals and 6 points over his last 4 games.
The Penguins are 5-2-1 over their last 8 games and are 8-4-3 over their last 15 games.
As mentioned above, Ovechkin is on fire. It'd be wise if the Penguins decided to cover him tonight, especially when the Caps are on the power play.
Ovechkin had seven goals in three games including back-to-back hat tricks last week. That's good.
Tom Wilson is going to do something incredibly stupid tonight and I am going to be upset.
Honestly, the Penguins need a big win against a rival team playing well.
I wonder if TJ Oshie listens to Nickelback before a game to get him pumped up?
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