Hellloooooooo everyboddddyyyy, today the Penguins (32-14-5) season 'officially' begins. That's right, it's February 2nd and the biggest sporting event of the year is today. No, not the Super Bowl. We're talking Penguins vs Capitals (35-12-5). Puck drop is set for just after 12:30PM on NBC.
Well folks, the day is finally here. Penguins vs Capitals. God, the NHL sucks. How is it February 2nd, Game 52 of the Penguins season, and they're playing the Caps for the first time? Nonetheless, the Penguins will have three more games against this Caps team prior to wrapping up the regular season portion of their schedule on April 4th.
Incase you missed it, the Penguins beat the scumbags from across the state on Friday night by a score of 4-3 in overtime. Sidney Crosby, who also happens to be Philadelphia's daddy, tallied the winner just 55 seconds into OT. Pittsburgh essentially stole two points considering they looked lifeless from midway through the second period onward. That said, two points is two points and beating the Flyers makes it all the more better. Justin Schultz returned after missing 16 games. He played...well... as if he missed 16 games. Tristan Jarry was sharp, making 27 saves on 30 shots.
The Capitals enter play today first in the Metrosexual Division with with 75 points. For comparisons sake, the Penguins have 69 (nice). Washington is coming off a 5-3 win on Friday night against the Ottawa Senators during which Alex Ovechkin tied and passed Mark Messier for 8th all-time in goals scored with 695. Ovi has scored 11 goals over his last 5 games and will surely hit the 700 goal plateau either today or sometime next week. Next on the list for him to pass is Mike Gartner, who has 708 career goals. Realistically, Ovechkin could damn well surpass Gretzky's record of 894 if he can keep putting up 35-40 goal seasons.
I would expect Tristan Jarry to get the start in net today for the Penguins. He played well Friday night and has yet to face the Capitals in his career. For the Caps, rookie Ilya Samsonov will get the nod. He's won his last 11 decisions and is 16-2-1 on the season. That said, Braden Holtby, who the Penguins are very familiar with, hasn't been himself this season as he's sporting a 3.11 goals against average and a save percentage under .900 at .896.
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Sidney Crosby's three-point game on Friday (1G, 2A) gives him 43 goals and 105 points in just 70 games played against the Flyers.
Nationally televised game today. That usually means the Pens lose.
Defenseman Chad Ruhwedel left the game in the third period on Friday. If he can't go, expect Juuso Riikola to play.
The Pens recalled forward Sam Lafferty from Wilkes-Barre.
Dominik Kahun is still out of the lineup with a concussion.
Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's First Star of the Month for January. In 10 games, he posted 13 goals and 2 assists. My lord.
Only 5 Penguins players have skated in all 51 games this season. That's absolutely insane.
The Pens are 7-2-0 over their last 9 games.
I fully anticipate being pissed at Tom Wilson roughly 9 seconds into the game.
Radko Guas is a member of the Caps now. He was acquired last offseason for Matt Niskanen.
Carl Hagelin is a Capital now. In 41 games this season, he has 4 goals and 10 assists for 14 points.
Bryan Rust has 45 points on the season (22G, 23A). Absolutely incredible.
Potential Penguins trade target, Rangers forward, Chris Kreider fell into the boards awkwardly last night and did not return.
Video - Sportsnet
We're honestly going to be drinking most of the day and getting ready for the Super Bowl so...RIP
Totally naming the Penguins 4th line the Olive Garden line (Agozzino & Angello).
Speaking of 4th line, good lord does Alex Galchenyuk suck. He took, by far, one of the laziest tripping penalties I've ever seen in the first period of Friday's game which eventually led to the Flyers going up 1-0.
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