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Get your game notes: Capitals at Penguins

Jan 15, 2014, 10:26 AM EDT

Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby

Tonight on NBCSN, it’s the Pittsburgh Penguins hosting the Washington Capitals, starting at 8 p.m. ET. Following are some game notes, as compiled by the NHL on NBC research team:

• The Penguins enter tonight’s game having defeated the Capitals in five straight meetings. Their last loss to the Caps came over two years ago (Jan. 11, 2012), when current backup Tomas Vokoun (currently on injured reserve) outdueled Marc-Andre Fleury, 1-0. Jason Chimera scored the game’s only goal.

• The Penguins have won 12 straight home games, a streak that began exactly two months ago (Nov. 15). If they defeat the Capitals tonight at CONSOL Energy Center, the Pens will set a new franchise record, breaking their mark from last season (Feb. 22-Mar. 30, 2013). Of the NHL’s six home win streaks of 10+ games in the NHL since the beginning of the 2011-12 season, three belong to Pittsburgh.

• The NHL’s top goal-scorer Alex Ovechkin (33) and point-getter Sidney Crosby (67) will face each other for the 34th time since they joined the league in 2005-06. Here is a composite of their 33 previous head-to-head meetings, including the 2009 Eastern Conference Semifinal.

Goals | Assists | Points | Wins
Ovechkin 25 21 46 12
Crosby 23 35 58 21

• The Penguins (25.2%) and Capitals (25.0%) boast the top two power plays in the NHL, and all six of the league’s players who have been on the ice for at least 29 of their teams’ power play goals represent the Pens or Caps. (Elias Sports Bureau)

Team PPG | Individual PPG (NHL rank) | Individual PPP (NHL rank)

Sidney Crosby 36 3 (T-90th) 23 (T-2nd)
Alex Ovechkin 36 12 (1st) 23 (T-2nd)
Nicklas Backstrom 33 3 (T-90th) 26 (1st)
Troy Brouwer 32 5 (T-30th) 11 (T-54th)
Chris Kunitz 32 11 (2nd) 18 (T-10th)
Evgeni Malkin 29 3 (T-90th) 19 (T-7th)

• Heading into tonight’s game, injuries have cost the Penguins an NHL-high 279 man-games (51 more than 2nd-ranked Anaheim). Only seven Pens have suited up in all 47 games: forwards Sidney Crosby, Chris Kunitz, Jussi Jokinen, Brandon Sutter and Craig Adams, defenseman Matt Niskanen and goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (who has started 37 games and backed up in 10).

• The Penguins have three of the NHL’s top four scorers, in terms of points per game average.

Games played | Points | Points/game

Sidney Crosby 47 67 1.43
Steven Stamkos 17 23 1.35
James Neal 27 36 1.33
Evgeni Malkin 36 46 1.28

• The Capitals have played past regulation in an NHL-high 18 games this season, including an NHL-high 14 shootouts. The Caps’ 10 non-regulation wins and eight shootout wins are both tied for the league lead. However, they are winless in their past five OT/SO games since their last win on Dec. 15.

  1. ironyisadeadscene - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Meh….what are the odds it goes to shootout

  2. pens87 - Jan 15, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Glad to see Crosby on the list of “Penguins who have suited up every game”. Been a while since that has happened, but I certainly hope it continues.

    I always look forward to Pens vs Caps. 2009 still one of my favorite playoff series between the two clubs. Games always seem to be very entertaining.

  3. penguins87and71 - Jan 15, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Knock on wood. Crosby has been healthy this whole year which is very rare. When’s the last time this happened. As long as Crosby, Malkin, and Fleury are healthy the Penguins will be fine.

  4. pghchic - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Pens Fans- You can meet some of your favorite Pens THIS SATURDAY January 18th at Robinson Mall- Vitale, Glass, Bortuzzo, Adams, Engelland and Evgeni Malkin and James Neal- visit for times and tickets.

  5. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    Sorry I’m not paying $30 and up to meet the Pens…I did it once back in 2012. It didn’t cost me a single thing to meet Phil Bourque and Brian Trottier at the 2011 Winter Classic.

  6. pitpenguinsrulez - Jan 15, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    But then again if it was either Mario or Sid then yes I would.

  7. hazlydose - Jan 15, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    The fact that craig Adams has dressed for every game… Not wishing injury on the guy, but he should be the first one to be scratched to give someone else a game here and there.

    • penguins87and71 - Jan 15, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      His Dan bylsma’s pet. That’s not going to happen.

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