Game Four of the Capitals-Penguins series kicks off Wednesday night in Pittsburgh and it feels like the team has been there forever (three days).
What do Sidney Crosby, Conor Sheary, Matt Murray, and Kris Letang all have in common? They are all out and will not play in Game Four due to injuries. We wish them each a speedy recovery (because I would love to beat a Pittsburgh team WITH Crosby instead of without). But let me just be blunt: this is the time for the Washington Capitals to tie the series up.
Also, can someone wrap Matt Niskanen’s face in pillows? This might be a rough game for him.
Penguins lead the series 2-1.
|Team||Record||SA%||PDO||Power Play||Penalty Kill|
|Washington Capitals||55-19-8||53.2%||102.7||23.1% (4th)||83.8% (7th)|
|Pittsburgh Penguins||50-21-11||50.7%||101.6||23.1% (3rd)||79.8% (20th)|
Trotz could still go with 7D again. Who knows.
The good boys:
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Oshie
Johansson – Kuznetsov – Williams
Burakovsky – Eller – Wilson
Winnik – Beagle – Carey
Schmidt – Carlson
Orlov – Niskanen
Orpik – Shattenkirk
Of course, the big news is that Sidney Crosby and Conor Sheary will be absent after they both suffered concussions. The Penguins had an optional skate this morning, so we don’t know their official lines, but Crosby, Sheary, Malkin, Kunitz, Dumoulin, Hagelin, Hainsey and Cullen were all absent from the skate.
Sullivan says it’s possible Guentzel shifts to center: “Every possibility is on the table in this type of a circumstance.”
— Sam Werner (@SWernerPG) May 3, 2017
The baddest boys:
Guentzel – BLAH – Hornqvist
Rust – Malkin– Kessel
Wilson– Bonino– BLAH
Kunitz – Cullen– Kuhnhackl
Dumoulin – Hainsey
Maatta – Daley
Cole – Schultz
This young person is an idiot. I do not know who they are, I do not know where they live, but I hope in time I hope he makes better decisions.
— Travless (@knuckle_puck87) May 3, 2017
How do the Capitals look when they’re up against the Penguins? We have some pretty nifty posts for you to check out.
I am very “in” on The Defenders.
— The Defenders (@TheDefenders) May 3, 2017
Headline photo: Gregory Shamus
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