GAME: Washington Capitals (23-45-10-3) at Pittsburgh Penguins (22-47-8-4).
TIME: Sunday, 3 p.m. EDT.
The Pittsburgh Penguins have already clinched the worst record in the NHL.
They'll have to wait until Tuesday to see if that translates into the No. 1
overall pick in the draft.
The Penguins will first conclude the regular season against the visiting
With 59 points, the Capitals are tied with the Chicago for 28th in the NHL.
The Blackhawks finish their season against the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
Since the Capitals already have three more victories than the Blackhawks,
they would finish 28th if the teams have the same number of points at season's
The draft lottery, which takes place Tuesday, gives the 30th-place team a 25
percent chance to win. Under the weighted system, the winning club may not move
up more than four spots; therefore, only the teams with the five worst records
can earn the No. 1 pick.
The Penguins snapped a three-game winless streak Friday with a 3-2 victory
over the Atlanta Thrashers. Jean-Sebastien Aubin stopped 31 shots in his final
start of the season.
Left winger Kelly Buchberger said the Penguins are not concerned about
finishing with the league's worst record.
"Whatever happens, happens," Buchberger said. "There's nothing that we
can really control."
The Capitals, who beat the Penguins 4-2 on Tuesday, are winless in their
last two games. After tying Boston 3-3 on Thursday, Washington lost to the New
York Rangers 3-2 on Saturday.
Leading scorer Jeff Halpern had two goals - the first time this season he's
had more than one. He has 20 points in his last 19 games.
"It hasn't been a whole lot of fun this year," Halpern said. "When you're
losing games, it doesn't make any of the (individual stats) feel any good."
STANDINGS: Capitals - 59 points, 5th place, 47 PB, Southeast Division.
Penguins - 56 points, 5th place, 44 PB, Atlantic Division.
TEAM LEADERS: Capitals - Halpern, 19 goals, 25 assists and 44 points; Darcy
Verot, 135 PIM. Penguins - Ryan Malone, 22 goals; Dick Tarnstrom, 36 assists
and 52 points; Brooks Orpik, 127 PIM.
SPECIAL TEAMS (through April 2): Capitals - Power play: 19.5 percent (64 for
329), 6th in NHL. Penalty killing: 81.3 percent (318 for 391), 26th. Penguins -
Power play: 18.3 percent (65 for 355), 7th. Penalty killing: 77.2 percent (284
for 368), 30th.
GOALTENDERS: Capitals - Olaf Kolzig (19-34-9, 2 SO, 2.89 GAA); Matthew Yeats
(1-2-0, 0, 2.71). Penguins - Sebastien Caron (8-24-5, 1, 3.76); Aubin (7-9-0,
SEASON SERIES: Capitals, 2-1.
LAST MEETING: Tuesday; Capitals, 4-2. At Washington, Trent Whitfield had two
goals and an assist to help goalie Yeats earn his first NHL victory.
ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Capitals - 10-25-4-1 on the road; Penguins - 12-22-6-0 at