Gameday 18: Penguins @ Capitals

Gameday 18: Penguins @ Capitals


Gameday 18: Penguins @ Capitals


Penguins (10-6-1) @ Capitals (9-5-4)

Capital One Arena | Washington, DC

Thursday, February 25 | 7:00PM Eastern


The Penguins are back in action against a very familiar foe in the Washington Capitals Thursday in DC. It’s the 2nd meeting in 3 days, and the 6th on the season, with the Penguins securing 2-point victories in 4 of 5 thus far.

The Penguins went to overtime for the 3rd time against Laviolette’s Caps, with Teddy Blueger setting up Kasperi Kapanen for the clincher in OT. Kapanen ripped home a beauty of a one-timer to beat Vitek Vanacek and get the Penguins into double-digit wins with a 3-2 victory.

The Penguins sit in a 3-way tie at 21 points, right on the cut line for the playoffs in a hotly contested MassMutual East Division.

The Penguins lost Jason Zucker in the third period to a nasty looking injury.

He was sent back to Pittsburgh for further evaluation and ruled out indefinitely. Zach Aston-Reese will slot up into his spot alongside Evgeni Malkin and Bryan Rust.

To make matters worse, or at least make them more confusing, neither Kris Letang nor Pierre-Olivier Joseph played in the latter half of the third period. POJ was not even on the bench, whereas Letang did take a long shift in OT.

POJ and Drew O’Connor were sent to the taxi squad on Wednesday. The team claimed Mark Friedman on waivers, a third-round pick in Hextall’s first draft as an NHL GM with the Flyers. It’s likely the Pens recall each of POJ and DOC, a paper transaction to free up cash for the claim.

Jared McCann continues to near a return, but that return will not happen tonight.

Jarry earns his 6th consecutive start in the crease.


Guentzel – Crosby – Kapanen

Aston-Reese – Malkin – Rust

Lafferty – Blueger – Tanev

O’Connor – Jankowski – Sceviour


Joseph – Letang

Matheson – Marino

Pettersson – Ceci

In Net


The Capitals did secure the consolation point in the last meeting, sending them to 22 points and second in the division, 2 points back of Boston, who has two games in hand on Washington.

Lavy fired up the Line Bingo machine that he borrowed from Danny Bylsma. Call PETA, because Conor Sheary, noted Penguin Killer, will ride shotgun with Kuzya and Ovi tonight.


Ovechkin – Kuznetsov – Sheary

Vrana – Backstrom – Wilson

Panik – Eller – Oshie

Hagelin – Dowd – Hathaway


Dillon – Carlson

Orlov – Schultz

Chara – Jensen

In Net


Go Pens.

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