Open thread: Capitals vs. Penguins

November 20, 2013

Washington Capitals winger Alex Ovechkin and Pittsburgh Penguins forward Craig Adams vie for positioning during a game last season. ( Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)

Wednesday night, for the first time since March 28, 1993 the Capitals and Penguins will face off as divisional rivals. They’ll play for first place in the Metropolitan Division with Alex Ovechkin tied for the league lead in goals (17) and Sidney Crosby tied for the league lead in points (26) in what should be an exciting contest.

Braden Holtby (10-6-0, .925 save percentage, 2.62 goals-against average) will start and make his fourth career appearance against the Penguins but is still looking for his first win against them. Meanwhile, Pittsburgh will go with Marc-Andre Fleury  (12-6-0, .921 save percentage, 2.00 goals-against average).

Discuss the game right here and pass the time before puck drop with these reads.

Rivalry renewed: Ovechkin, Crosby back on top of their games

Does Caps-Pens need a spark? | Oates, Ovechkin on Malkin’s scoring slump

Wilson, Schmidt grew up with Ovi vs. Crosby | Green won’t face Pens

Erskine discusses injury, rehab

Faceoff: 8 p.m., Verizon Center
TV: NBC SportsNetwork | Radio: 106.7 FM

Here is the Capitals’ lineup.

Forwards
Johansson-Backstrom-Ovechkin
Erat-Laich-Brouwer
Chimera-Grabovski-Ward
Volpatti-Latta-Wilson

Defense
Alzner-Carlson
Schmidt-Strachan
Urbom-Oleksy

Goal: Holtby, Neuvirth
Scratches:  Dmitry Orlov, Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle.
IR: Mike Green (lower-body contusion).
LTIR: Jack Hillen (fractured tibial plateau), John Erskine (upper body).

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Katie Carrera · November 20, 2013

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