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Game Preview: Pens-Caps

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Pens travel to Washington to take on their Metro Division rival the Capitals.

WATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals

TIME: 8 p.m. EST

PLACE: Verizon Center

TV: NBCSN

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

The Pens face the Capitals for the 3rd time this season … Pittsburgh defeated Washington, 3-2, in a shootout, in its home-opener banner-raising night on Oct. 13. The Pens lost in Washington, 7-1, on Nov. 16 … The Pens have won 5 straight games … Pittsburgh has killed 31 of the last 34 penalties (91.2%) … Sidney Crosby has points in 13 of his last 15 games (11G-18A-29PTS) … Justin Schultz enters the game riding a career-long 5-game point streak (1G-4A) … Conor Sheary is carrying a career-best 4-game point streak (2G-3A) … Phil Kessel has a 5-game point streak (2G-4A) … Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is 7-0-1 in his past 8 decisions. He will start, while Matt Murray (lower-body, 1 game missed) will backup … The Capitals have won 6 straight games following a 4-1 victory in Montreal on Monday night … Alex Ovechkin scored his 544th career NHL goal against the Habs, tying Montreal great Maurice Richard. Ovechkin is 1 point shy of 1,000 for his career … Goalie Braden Holtby, who was named the NHL's 3rd Star last week, has surrendered 1 goal in his past 3 games, posting back-to-back shutouts. Holtby's shutout streak lasted 169:12 minutes … Head coach Barry Trotz coached in his 1,400-career NHL game against Montreal. He is 1 win shy of passing Pat Quinn (684) for 7th place on the all-time wins list … The Caps are the healthiest team in the NHL, missing a grand total of 9 man-games lost this season.

MORNING SKATE REPORT: 

*The Pens held an optional morning. The only players not on the ice were Sidney Crosby, Phil Kessel, Matt Cullen and Chad Ruhwedel.

*Kessel, Ruhwedel and Trevor Daley are all recovering from illness. According to head coach Mike Sullivan, all are available for tonight's game

*Pittsburgh recalled defenseman David Warsofsky this morning, while goaltender Tristan Jarry was re-assigned to WBS

*Marc-Andre Fleury will start in goal

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