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Game Preview: Pens-Caps (Game 5)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens are back in Washington after both teams split their home contests.  

MATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals

SERIES: Second Round, 2-2

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: Capital One Arena

TV: NBC

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS

1. Both teams have split their home games in the series. It's become a best-of-three series.

2. Jake Guentzel continues to be red hot for Pittsburgh. He extended his scoring streak to eight games, while recording his 9th and 10th goals in Game 4. Guentzel joined Mario Lemieux as the only 2 players in NHL history to have 10-plus goals in each of their first 2 postseasons.

3. Pens defenseman Kris Letang set another milestone, collecting his 58th career playoff assist, moving a head of Larry Murphy for the top spot in franchise history.

4. Caps goalie Braden Holtby has a 2.07 GAA this postseason (3rd best among remaining teams). His 2.38 GAA in the Second Round against Pittsburgh is the best mark of any goaltender in the Second Round.

5. The Caps have won 5 straight Game 5s when the series is tied at 2-2 with 4 of those victories coming on home ice. Alex Ovechkin has 11 points (7G-4A) in 15 career Game 5s.

INJURIES

PIT - Zach Aston-Reese (broken jaw, concussion).

WSH - Andre Burakovsky (undisclosed), Tom Wilson (suspension).

MORNING SKATE

*The Pens held an optional morning skate.

*Projected lineup:*

Guentzel-Crosby-Simon

Hagelin-Malkin-Hornqvist

Sheary-Sheahan-Kessel

Kuhnhackl-Brassard-Rust

Dumoulin-Letang

Oleksiak-Schultz

Maatta-Ruhwedel

Murray

*Not official

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