In three meetings this season, the Capitals have outscored the Penguins 10-1. Inside the Metro, only Carolina has a worse intra-division record than the Penguins (7-11-4). Crosby’s reportedly having an off-year, and the fans are quite grumpy.
And none of that matters tonight.
The Penguins are still an excellent team. Crosby’s decline is mostly meaningless statistical noise; he’s still the best playmaker in the league, and the team’s record against the Metro doesn’t tell me much about who’s gonna win tonight. Like every game, this one will be decided by who’s got the better goalie and which team helps him out the most. I peeked at the Caps’ lines, and I think it’ll be the home team who wins this one and secures a regular-season sweep for the first time in five years.
8 PM on NBCSN. Do the thing.
|Team||Record||Possession||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Burakovsky
Johansson– Kuznetsov – Brouwer
Laich – Fehr – Ward
Chimera – Latta – Wilson
Orpik – Carlson
Alzner – Niskanen
Schilling – Green
I have revisited my absolute No Jagr policy. I am now, sigh, officially advocating trading for Jaromir Jagr before the deadline. I shall expand on the details of this policy change tomorrow.
I don’t know. I don’t care. I don’t care about anything anymore now that Parks and Rec is gone. Not to get sappy, but that show meant a lot to me. It was inspiring and progressive and clever, but most of all it was funny. Funny is important.
If I took the personality quiz in Tom’s book, I would definitely be a Ben.
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