By Larry Snyder
The Pittsburgh Penguins (26-8-5, 57 points) seek to claim sole possession of second place in the Metropolitan Division tonight as they meet the Capitals (26-9-5, 57 points) at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. You can watch every rush up ice starting at 8:00 p.m. on the NBC Sports Network.
The Black and Gold has won five in a row with their 6-2 defeat of the Tampa Bay Lightning Sunday at PPG Paints Arena. Sidney Crosby is 18 points shy of 1,000 for his career as he comes into tonight’s matchup with 344 goals and 618 assists for 982 points in 740 games.
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Washington is enjoying a six-game winning streak after their 4-1 victory Monday against the Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal. Alex Ovechkin is also on the precipice of 1,000 career points with 999 on 544 goals and 455 assists in 879 contests.
This evening is the third meeting between these two Metro rivals. Each won their matchup on home ice. The Caps won the last get-together Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, 7-1 with centers Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie each collecting a pair of goals.
Observers at dailyfaceoff.com have the confirmed starting goaltenders for tonight as Marc-Andre Fleury for Pittsburgh and Braden Holtby for Washington.
The odds keepers at both the Bovada and GT Bets online sportsbooks have the Pens at +1.5 tonight with the over/under set at 5.5.
Pittsburgh Penguins 2016-2017 At A Glance:
Home Record: 18-2-2
Away Record: 8-6-3
Last 10 Games: 7-1-2
Goals For/Against: 139/109 ( +30)
Power Play: 22.6% (4th)
Penalty Kill: 79.9% (21st)
Game Winning Goals Leader: Evgeni Malkin with 4
Power Play Goals Leader: Sidney Crosby with 9
Short Handed Goals Leaders: Nick Bonino and Matt Cullen with 1 each
Faceoff Leader: Matt Cullen 52.0%
Hits Leader: Patric Hornqvist with 110
Blocks Leader: Ian Cole with 87
Washington Capitals 2016-2017 At A Glance:
Home Record: 15-5-1
Away Record: 11-4-4
Last 10 Games: 7-1-2
Goals For/Against: 115/84 (+31)
Power Play: 16.9% (18th)
Penalty Kill: 86.8% (3rd)
Game Winning Goals Leader: Alex Ovechkin with 6
Power Play Goals Leader: Alex Ovechkin with 7
Short Handed Goals Leader: T.J. Oshie, Jay Beagle, and Daniel Winnik with 1 each
Faceoff Leader: Nicklas Backstrom 52.2%
Hits Leader: Alex Ovechkin with 98
Blocks Leader: Karl Alzner with 76
Looking back on YouTube.com at Penguins Vs. Capitals from 10/13/2016…