We’re 53 games into the regular season, and at long last the Washington Capitals will meet the Pittsburgh Penguins. The schedule-makers, in their infinite wisdom, decided to have the two best teams in the division wait until Super Bowl Sunday before they’d play one another.
This game is gonna be good.
12:30 PM. Capital One Arena. National coverage. Let’s do this.
|Shot Attempt %||51.7%||52.4%|
|Power Play||20.7% (11th)||20.5% (13th)|
|Penalty Kill||81.8% (12th)||84.0% (2nd)|
No changes. Big game for Sammy.
Ovechkin – Backstrom – Wilson
Vrana – Kuznetsov – Oshie
Hagelin – Eller – Panik
Leipsic – Dowd – Hathaway
Kempny – Carlson
Orlov – Jensen
Siegenthaler – Gudas
Pittsburgh has been, by far, the most injured team in the league this season.
Injury breakdown through 31 January when weighted by 3+ year WAR pic.twitter.com/M7NhF8VQn5
— NHLInjuryViz (@NHLInjuryViz) February 1, 2020
And yet, despite going without Crosby, Rust, Dumoulin, Guentzel, Bjugstad, and more for long stretches of the season, they’ve remained a darn good team. Their record over the past ten games is identical to Washington (7-3-0), and they control the third highest percentage of expected goals during five-on-five play. They’re really good. Don’t sleep.
It’s unnamedtemporarysportsblog.com, a short-term resurrection of the very best writers from the late great technically undead Deadspin. For example, a love letter to Dusty Baker, this meta-meta media analysis, and whatever the heck this is. Only bad part is it’s over after tonight. Support workers.
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