The Pens are in the nation's Capital for Game 1 against Washington.
MATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals
SERIES: Second Round, 0-0
TIME: 7:30 p.m. EST
PLACE: Verizon Center
RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X
WHAT TO WATCH:
The Pens face the Caps for the 2nd straight year in the Second Round, and the 3rd time since 2009 … This will be the 10th playoff series between the Pens and Caps. Pittsburgh owns an 8-1 mark in the previous 9 matchups … In the 2016-17 regular season the Pens went 2-2 against Washington, while the Caps were 2-0-2. Both teams won on their home ice … Evgeni Malkin quietly leads the NHL with 11 points (2G-9A) … Marc-Andre Fleury had a .933 save percentage in the First Round against Columbus … Bryan Rust has 7 goals and 8 points in 9 career elimination games, including 2 more in the decisive Game 5 against Columbus … Pittsburgh injuries: Carl Hagelin (lower-body), Chris Kunitz (lower-body), Kris Letang (herniated disc), Matt Murray (lower-body), Chad Ruhwedel (upper-body) … Alex Ovechkin has 21 points (10G-11A) in 13 career playoff games against the Pens … T.J. Oshie leads the Caps with 7 points (3G-4A) during the postseason … Braden Holtby, the reigning Vezina winner, is once again nominated for the award. In 52 career playoff games he has a 1.93 GAA and .936 save percentage … Washington injuries: Karl Alzner.
*Sidney Crosby and Phil Kessel were the only 2 Pens to take the option to not skate for morning skate.
*Carl Hagelin wore a normal contact jersey for the skate. He engaged in limited contact per coach Mike Sullivan. His next step will be a day of full contact. He's still taking things "day-to-day" but making "significant progress."