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Game Preview: Pens-Caps

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins return home to host the Washington Capitals. Tonight's game is presented by HBK CPAs & Consultants.

MATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals

TIME: 7 p.m. EST

PLACE: PPG Paints Arena

TV: ROOT Sports

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

WHAT TO WATCH FOR:

Pittsburgh returns from an 0-3 road trip hoping for some home cooking to help flip the script … The Pens are 18-2-2 at home with a 5-game home winning streak. Pittsburgh is unbeaten in its last 12 home games (11-0-1) … Defenseman Kris Letang, who left Saturday's game in Detroit with an injury, was placed on IR … Evgeni Malkin has 4 goals in his last 5 games against the Caps, and points in 6 of his last 7 (4G-5A) … The Pens recalled Jake Guentzel and Chad Ruhwedel from WBS … Guentzel leads the AHL with 21 goals and places 2nd with 42 points …

Ian Cole will appear in his 300th career NHL game tonight … Washington is on a 9-game winning streak, which includes a 5-2 victory against the Pens last week … The Caps have recorded back-to-back shutouts after blanking the Philadelphia Flyers, 5-0, on Sunday afternoon. Washington has recorded 4 shutouts in its past 6 games … Alex Ovechkin, who scored 2 goals against Pittsburgh last week in that 5-2 win, has 30 goals in 49 career games against the Pens … Justin Williams, who scored 2 goals against Philly, has 13 points in his past 11 games (7G-6A) … Evgeny Kuznetsov has 12 points in the past 11 contests (2G-10A).

MORNING SKATE REPORT:

*The only missing player at the Pens practice was defenseman Kris Letang, who was placed on IR after suffering an injury Saturday night in Detroit

*The Pens used the following workflow…

Sheary-Crosby-Rust

Guentzel-Malkin-Hornqvist

Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel

Kunitz-Cullen-Wilson

Cole-Schultz-Oleksy

Maatta-Daley

Warsofsky-Ruhwedel

(Fehr, Kuhnhackl)

*Matt Murray will start in goal

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