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Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin face off tonight going in different directions

Dec 1, 2011, 10:54 AM EDT

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Surprised that there’s not more heat for tonight’s Capitals-Penguins game in D.C.? We are too.

After all, Sidney Crosby gets to face off against the team that essentially knocked him out of action last season in the Winter Classic while Alex Ovechkin… Well, there’s Alex Ovechkin looking less-than awesome of late.

Crosby’s return to action has been everything it’s hoped to be. He’s looked fast, brilliant, and he’s scoring points in bunches. Meanwhile, Ovechkin’s struggles have been more than highlighted this season. Now with Bruce Boudreau out and Dale Hunter in, if ever there was a time for Ovechkin to announce his presence as a big time scorer once again, doing it against the Penguins would be a great time to do it.

The drama and hype that surrounds these two teams often makes fans pull their hair out, but tonight’s game couldn’t be more dramatic for a regular season game. Two megastars in two distinctly different places career-wise while their teams are dealing with drama of their own. The Pens have been rolling right along while the Caps have been on a roller coaster of emotion this season. Amazing how the teams mimic their stars’ production, isn’t it?

It’s the first of a handful of meetings between these two teams and these two stars, but if there was ever a time to have both stars blow up in big ways, this is it.

  1. govtminion - Dec 1, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    I admit, if the Caps want to make an impression with their new coach, beating the tar out of the red-hot Penguins is a pretty good way to do it. That said… the way the Pens are playing, and the way the Caps have played their last few games (including Hunter’s debut against the Blues)… I’d be very surprised if they put up a decent fight. Hoping they surprise me.

    • abrienza428 - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:46 AM

      It will be a good game. Caps have had our number the past 2 years. Don’t discount Letang and Michalek not playing tonight, especially Michalek. He has the ability to shutdown Ovechkin. Being that it’s a home game for the Caps and those two are out, Hunter should get some very favorable matchups for his big guns. Orpik is going to be called upon for major minutes.

      That said, the Pens offense has been clicking, so all in all this should be fun to watch.

  2. trouztrouz - Dec 1, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    Why is it surprising that the Ovechkin-Crosby hype has died down? Ovechkin hasn’t been playing like the threat he once was, and Crobsy was completely absent from hockey for 10 months. Most hockey fans were sick of the hype anyway.

  3. hague507 - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Caps have been playing uninspired hockey for the past month. If a new coach on the bench and the Pens coming into our building can’t get them moving, well then I’m at a loss for words.

  4. cshearing - Dec 1, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    Ovechkin only has 18 points this season. Crosby already has 11. If that cannot get Ovie fired up, I’m not sure what will.

  5. tsi4431 - Dec 1, 2011 at 6:09 PM

    You would think Ovechkin has been out for the last 10 months also the way he has played. I would take a concussed Crosby over a healthy Ovechkin any day.

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