In what always proves to be a feisty bout, Pittsburgh Penguins (who deftly killed the Caps' playoff buzz in last season's forgettable Game 7) swoop into the Phone Booth tomorrow night for a mid-week meeting with the high-flying Capitals. Hockey Mom plans to be in the press box for the game as the boys host the defending Cup champions. HM made a trip to the dark side (the Burgh) this weekend for a bridal shower and have been fighting a cold ever since. I believe all the Penguins Stanley Cup Champion stickers on virtually every car and building in the city may have actually made me physically ill. Ick...
The Pens have lost their last two, including a SCF rematch last night at the hands of the Red Wings. They may also be without the services of Evgeni Malkin, who's been suffering a lower body (AKA foot) injury. Meanwhile, the league-leading Capitals are 26-4-4 in the comfy confines of the Verizon Center this season.
You won't have to do anything to fire up our fearless leader, Alex Ovechkin, for tomorrow's game. The Great8 is well aware that he is tied with his nemesis Sidney Crosby for number of goals (45 apiece, despite Ovi having missed several games due to suspension/injury).
Yes sir, though we are still a few weeks away from the actual start of the playoffs, tomorrow night's game will surely feel like we are already there. Just to get you all in the spirit, please enjoy this video of Sidney Crosby and Detroit's goalie (yes, goalie - you go Jimmy Howard) mixing it up last night: