In the final regular season meeting between the two rivals this year, the Capitals look to end Pittsburgh’s winning streak at nine. It certainly won’t be an easy task given how the Eastern Conference leading Penguins simply seem to find ways to win on this streak, but Washington will add a few reinforcements to its lineup tonight as Brooks Laich and Dmitry Orlov are set to make their season debuts.
If you missed any of the news of the day, here is plenty of pregame reading to get you caught up: Alex Ovechkin is in a state of transition | Brooks Laich makes his long-awaited return from a groin injury against the Penguins | A look at Pittsburgh’s winning streak | Dmitry Orlov discusses his three-month recovery from a concussion, glad to be back in NHL | Braden Holtby: We haven’t been even close to intense enough this year
Faceoff: 7:30 p.m. Consol Energy Center | TV: CSN /NBC Sports Network | Radio: 106.7
Discuss the game in the comment section below and based on warmups here’s what the lineup should look like:
Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth.
Scratches: Joey Crabb, Aaron Volpatti and Wojtek Wolski.
IR: Mike Green (groin), John Erskine (left hand/wrist),Tomas Kundratek (right leg/knee), and Tom Poti (back).