Washington Capitals (9-4-2)
The Capitals aren’t far behind the Penguins for the divisional lead, and that shouldn’t come as any surprise. Much like for Pittsburgh, the playoff window is narrowing, and, so far this season, Washington looks like a contender for the Cup.
Braden Holtby has been a major catalyst for the Capitals’ strong beginning, posting a 5-1-0 record in his last six starts. However, Washington’s powerplay has been pretty bad in its last seven games, going one for 19.
To put themselves atop of the division, the Capitls will need to begin by taking out the Penguins. It will take more than Holtby to secure a victory, but if Washington’s superstars come to play, it should be a fun offensive show.
Pittsburgh Penguins (10-3-2)
Once again, Matt Murray will be starting in net for the Pittsburgh Penguins. So far this season, Murray is 4-0-0 with a 1.25 goals against average. Tonight’s match against the Capitals will be another big test for the young netminder.
Thus far, the Penguins have fared well against divisional opponents. They’re 3-0-0 against Metropolitan division teams and will be going up against a big challenge tonight.
Pittsburgh’s defense and forecheck have been very good lately. Another strong performance will be needed in these two areas to keep the Capitals honest.
Where: Verizon Center, Washington D.C.
When: Wednesday, November 16 @ 7:30 EST
Watch: NBCSN, TVA Sports, SN, NHL.TV
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