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Game Preview: 02.23.21 vs. WSH

by Pittsburgh Penguins @penguins

GM 17 | FEB. 23 | 7:00 PM ET | CAPITAL ONE ARENA

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PIT: 9 - 6 - 1 (19 pts)

WSH: 9 - 5 - 3 (21 pts)

 

MATCHUP PREVIEW

The Penguins hit the road for a four-game road trip as they head to Washington to take on the Capitals at Capital One Arena. Pittsburgh is 3-1-0 against Washington this season, with all four games being played at PPG Paints Arena. Since the beginning of the 2015-16 campaign, no team has defeated Washington more than Pittsburgh (14 wins). The Penguins have points in six of their last nine games against the Capitals (6-3-0). Ten of Pittsburgh's 11 games in the month of February are against either the Washington Capitals or New York Islanders. The lone game not against either team, Feb. 1, was played against the New York Rangers.

 

QUICK HITS

Tonight, the Penguins will be wearing their Reverse Retro jerseys for the second time this season. Pittsburgh first wore them on Feb. 1 at the New York Rangers.

On Saturday, Sidney Croby became the 25th active skater to skate in 1,000 NHL games, and first player in Penguins history to play 1,000 games with the team. He's also recorded the eighth-most points in NHL history through 1,000 games played (1,278). For more information and statistics about Crosby's first 1,000 NHL games, visit www.pens.pe/Crosby1000GP.

Pittsburgh only took one penalty on Saturday night against the Islanders. The Penguins' 122 penalty minutes this season are tied for the sixth-fewest in the NHL. 

Teddy Blueger extended his point streak to a career-long (tied) three games (1G-2A) with an assist on Saturday against the Islanders. A point tonight would give him the first four-game point streak of his career.

Kasperi Kapanen is three points shy of becoming the 23rd member of his 2014 draft class to record 100 points. Kapanen was selected by Pittsburgh 22nd overall in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have re-assigned defenseman Kevin Czuczman to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins of the American Hockey League and goaltender Alex D'Orio to the Wheeling Nailers of the ECHL, it was announced today by general manager Ron Hextall. To read more, click here.

Tweet from @penguins: Coach Sullivan confirms that Tristan Jarry will start tonight against the Capitals.

 

OFFENSE FROM THE DEFENSE

Kris Letang turned in his best offensive performance of the season Saturday night against the Islanders, registering the 12th multi-goal game of his career and first since Oct. 18, 2019 versus the Dallas Stars (2G).

After recording just three points (3A) in nine games during the month of January, Letang has begun to hit his stride, recording six points (2G-4A) and is plus-2 in six games during February. Letang is one of just seven defensemen to average at least a point per game through February (min. 3 GP).

 

ROUNDING INTO FORM

Goaltender Tristan Jarry was exceptional during the Penguins' four-game homestand, helping Pittsburgh win three of the four contests. Since that four-game span began on Feb. 14, Jarry is tied for the NHL lead in wins (3), and has the sixth-best (tied) save percentage (.936) and 10th-best (tied) goals-against average (2.27) among all goaltenders with at least three starts during that time frame.

Jarry is 1-1-0 against the Capitals this season with a 3.05 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

 

PLAYER INTERVIEW

Video: Jarry speaks with the media

 

SCORE TRIGGER PROMOTIONS

 

PENGUINS WIN TRIGGER PROMOTIONS

 

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