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Back at the top of their games, Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby face off as division rivals tonight at Verizon Center. Even if the storyline has grown tired for some, the Penguins captain himself admitted he can’t help but raise his game when he plays his Washington counterpart:

“I think that regardless of where we are, I think that everybody always watches these games. There’s a lot of eyes on them. We know that it brings out the best in both teams, and, I think, both players,” Crosby told the Canadian Press. “I think that we get up for these ones and, as a player, it’s just kind of a natural thing when you know the stage is a little bit bigger, you get up for it.”

Check out Katie Carrera’s story previewing the matchup, complete with Gretzky-Lemieux comparisons and all.

And here’s a look at how the two have fared in games against each other:

For a view from the other side, here are previews from the Post-Gazette and Tribune-Review.

Stay tuned for more once the morning skate gets underway.