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Game Preview: Pens-Caps (Game 6)

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

Pittsburgh fights for its life against Washington in Game 6.  

MATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals

SERIES: Second Round, 3-2 WSH

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: NBCSN

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 THINGS

1. The Pens face elimination for the first time this playoffs. The team is 4-0 all-time in elimination games under head coach Mike Sullivan. The last time the club trailed 3-2 in a series was in the 2016 Eastern Conference Final against Tampa Bay.

2. Jake Guentzel (21 points) and Sidney Crosby (20) rank Nos. 1 and 2 in the NHL in postseason scoring.

3. Crosby scored his 66th career playoff goal in Game 5, surpassing Jaromir Jagr for 2nd place on the team's all-time list - 10 behind leader Mario Lemieux.

4. Washington's Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury in Game 5. He traveled to Pittsburgh and is expected to be in the lineup for Game 6.

5. The Caps used rookie Jakub Vrana on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeny Kuznetsov in place of the suspended Tom Wilson. He recorded 3 points (1G-2A), including the game-winning goal. The top line combined for 7 points (2G-5A).

INJURIES

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

WSH - Nicklas Backstrom (upper-body), Andre Burakovsky (undisclosed), Tom Wilson (suspension).

MORNING SKATE

*Everyone was present for the Pens 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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