It’s the first game of the season between the Washington Capitals and the Pittsburgh Penguins. Two organizations face each other in a similar position. Their world-class stars are aging and year after year the window will close. But so far it hasn’t, and both organizations expect to win.
The Capitals are fresh off one of their best performances of the season, a thrilling 5-4 win over the Edmonton Oilers that saw their stars perform for what felt like the first time this season. Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Penguins may never win another hockey game. The Pens have dropped seven straight, but we’d be remiss to underestimate Sidney Crosby and co.
After a four-point performance from Evgeny Kuznetsov that included his first two goals of the season, the Caps are flying high and the team looks to build on that momentum.
“I’m good for another ten games now,” Kuznetsov joked. “Definitely tomorrow morning will be better than the last eight mornings, probably. I felt like we’re playing well, but not good enough for wins lately, but this win will give us a big breather. We can breathe a little bit, and coaches can finally show us some positive moments because it’s big when you come the next morning and instead look at those mistakes, we can see some positive things.”
In western Pennsylvania, the mood is a little different. Sidney Crosby was recently asked how his Penguins’ 0-6-1 stretch compared to other slumps, and the captain had this to say.
“There’s not one that comes to mind,” Crosby said. “It’s definitely up there.”
If these two quotes don’t paint a picture of the team’s mindset heading into this pivotal primetime showdown, nothing will. This game will be anything but easy, as the 4-6-2 Penguins will desperately look to get back on track, while the 6-6-2 Capitals will look to string together impressive back-to-back wins.
Battered and bruised, the short-handed Capitals appear to be without Dmitry Orlov and John Carlson once again. Darcy Kuemper was the first off the ice and he will be between the pipes for DC.
Where: Capital One Arena
What channel is the capital game on: TNT
Radio: 106.7 The Fan and Caps Radio 24/7
Odds: The Penguins vs Capitals odds at Caesars have the Capitals as +1.5 point underdogs at home. The money line is set at +110 for the Capitals and -130 for the Penguins with an over/under of 6.5 points. Odds are updated regularly and may change.
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