The Rivalry returns and once again the Hockey world can stop, look, and admire the Best Players in Hockey battle it out. With the Concussion issues that Sid faced, some wondered if he would even return, let alone if he would ever face Ovechkin and the Capitals again. So for those, this is an exciting return.
Washington on the other hand comes in to this game with renewed spirit after the firing of their former Coach Bruce Boudreau. They come in led by former Capital Dale Hunter who has them refocused and ready for tonight’s game in Washington. This game should serve as a small jolt for Ovechkin, and his stat. This year he has been very Un-Ovechkin like. Not too mention they are still short Mike Green, who has not played since the 11th of November, they should be ready to play with a little more incentive after the Firing.
The Pen’s on the other hand are minus 2 defensman with Letang and Michalek suffering from concussion like symptoms. So in turn, they optioned Picard to Wilkes Barre and recalled top defense prospect Simon Despres from Wilkes Barre, where in 22 games the 20 year old tallied 3 goals and 4 assists. That was courtesy the Wilkes Barre Penguins website.
The Pens are coming off a disappointing loss to the Rangers the other night where they scored the 1st goal, then gave up 4 goals in the second period in a 10 minute span. They were able to hold the Rangers to that 4 goals, and score a couple to draw within 1 but that is where the game ended. Neal continued his great early play with a goal and an assist to keep him among league leader in goals.
Washington owned the Pens last season with and without Crosby winning at a pace of 8-0 and 1. It will be interesting to see if the Pens can rebound from not just the last game with the Rangers, but last years play against this Washington Capitals team or if we see the same Penguins team that could not figure this team out.
This is what NHL Ambassador and ESPN Analyst Barry Melrose had to say today on ESPN Sports Center. Melrose Preview