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Game Preview: Pens-Caps

by Sam Kasan @PensInsideScoop / Pittsburgh Penguins

The Penguins travel to the nation's capital to take on rival Washington. 

MATCH: Penguins vs. Capitals

TIME: 7:30 p.m. EST

PLACE: Capital One Arena

TV: NBCSN

RADIO: 105.9 FM, the X

5 NOTES ON THE GAME:

1. The Pens face the Caps for the first time this season, and first time since Pittsburgh won a decisive Game 7, 2-0, in Washington in the Second Round of the 2017 playoffs.

2. Forward Patric Hornqvist appears close to returning from a hand injury that has sidelined him for the first 3 games of the season. He worked in contact practice on Monday and skated in line rushes on Wednesday.

3. Defenseman Kris Letang is 1 point shy of the 300th of his career. He would become only the 2nd blueliner in club history (Paul Coffey) to achieve the mark.

4. Alex Ovechkin has 7 goals on the season already. He scored all 7 in the first 2 games of the year, posting back-to-back hat tricks.

5. During the regular-season matchup last year, Nicklas Backstrom collected 12 points (4G-8A) in 4 games, while T.J. Oshie had 10 (3G-7A).

INJURIES:

PIT - Patric Hornqvist (hand), Ian Cole (mouth)

WSH - None

MORNING SKATE:

* The only absent player from the Pens' morning skate was defenseman Ian Cole.

*The Pens used the following workflow…

Guentzel-Crosby-Rust

Hagelin-Malkin-Kessel

Sheary-McKegg-Hornqvist

Kuhnhackl-Rowney-Reaves

(Wilson, Archibald)

Dumoulin-Letang

Maatta-Ruhwedel

Hunwick-Schultz

(Summers)

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