PENGUINS (9-6-2) at CAPITALS (8-7-1)
7 p.m. ET; NHLN, SN, TVA Sports, NBCSWA, ATTSN-PT, NHL.TV
Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby will play his 800th game in the NHL when the Penguins visit the Washington Capitals at Capital One Arena on Friday.
Crosby, 30, will become third player in Penguins history to reach that milestone, joining Mario Lemieux (915 games) and Jaromir Jagr (806). Crosby will try to generate more offense for the Penguins, 2-3-1 in their past six games after going 5-1-0 in their previous six; he has three assists in his past nine games after having 10 points (five goals, five assists) in his first eight games this season.
The Capitals will try for their fourth win in five games (3-1-0) after going 2-5-0 in their previous seven games. Forward Alex Ovechkin is one power-play goal shy of tying Jagr and Mike Gartner (217 each) for 10th place on the NHL's all-time list.
Players to watch
Penguins forward Phil Kessel has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games and 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his past eight.
Capitals goaltender Braden Holtby is one win away from 200 in his NHL career. He would become the second-fastest in League history (319 games) to win 200 games; Ken Dryden did it in his 311th NHL game.
They said it
"Anytime Pittsburgh and Washington meet, there's always an element, there's a heightened emotional level because of the rivalry and some of the high-stakes games that they've played in over the last couple of years." -- Penguins coach Mike Sullivan
"A guy that I've always appreciated because I'd read his book at a pretty young age so I kind of know the history of his career. … Anytime you can be mentioned in the same breath as him is pretty cool." -- Capitals goalie Braden Holtby on Hall of Fame goaltender Ken Dryden, the fastest in NHL history to win 200 games
Penguins projected lineup
Conor Sheary -- Sidney Crosby -- Patric Hornqvist
Jake Guentzel -- Evgeni Malkin -- Phil Kessel
Carl Hagelin -- Riley Sheahan -- Bryan Rust
Tom Kuhnhackl -- Greg McKegg -- Ryan Reaves
Olli Maatta -- Kris Letang
Ian Cole -- Justin Schultz
Brian Dumoulin -- Chad Ruhwedel
Scratched: Josh Archibald, Frank Corrado
Injured: Matt Hunwick (concussion), Carter Rowney (hand)
Capitals projected lineup
Chandler Stephenson -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Devante Smith-Pelly
Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- Tom Wilson
Liam O'Brien -- Jay Beagle -- Alex Chiasson
Dmitry Orlov -- Taylor Chorney
Christian Djoos -- John Carlson
Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey
Scratched: Aaron Ness, Nathan Walker
Injured: Andre Burakovsky (fractured left thumb), Brett Connolly (upper body), Tyler Graovac (upper body), Matt Niskanen (upper body)
Hunwick participated in an optional morning skate but is not ready to return, Sullivan said. … Niskanen, Connolly and Graovac each skated for a second consecutive day. Connolly is closest to returning, coach Barry Trotz said.
Orlov will play in his 300th NHL game. … Malkin has seven goals in his past seven games against the Capitals.