GDT: 53 | Washington Capitals @ Pittsburgh Penguins | 7PM EST | Yay Reaves is back... :(

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  1. ColePens

    ColePens RIP parabola & Fugu

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    CAPITALS (30-15-5) at PENGUINS (28-21-3)
    7 p.m. ET; SN, TVA Sports, ATTSN-PT, NBCSWA

    Capitals at Penguins preview

    The Game


    The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without first-line right wing Conor Sheary when they host the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena on Friday.

    After missing Pittsburgh's past two practices, Sheary is listed as week to week with a lower-body injury sustained in a 5-2 win against the San Jose Sharks on Tuesday. He has 19 points (12 goals, seven assists) in 52 games this season.
    Forward Bryan Rust will move from fourth-line right wing, where forward Ryan Reaves could play Friday, to Sheary's spot on the first line.

    The Penguins will try to match their season-long four-game winning streak. Pittsburgh is 8-2-0 in its past 10 games.

    The Capitals, who lead the second-place New Jersey Devils by five points in the Metropolitan Division, will attempt to win their third straight game following a three-game losing streak (0-1-2). They have scored nine goals in their past two games after scoring six in their previous three.
    Washington, 8-2-2 in its past 12 games, lost 3-2 to Pittsburgh on Oct. 11 and defeated the Penguins 4-1 on Nov. 10.


    Players to watch


    Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin has 15 points (six goals, nine assists) in his past 11 games.
    Penguins center Sidney Crosby's next goal will be his 400th in the NHL. He has 20 points (three goals, 17 assists) in a 10-game point streak.


    They said it


    "This is a great rivalry. It's been that way for years, so I look forward to it." -- Capitals coach Barry Trotz

    "A lot of love on the ice. Two teams that like each other. A lot of handshakes and smiles. No, obviously, a physical, in-your-face game. I expect a lot of the same tonight." -- Penguins forward Ryan Reaves




    Capitals projected lineup


    Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson
    Andre Burakovsky -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie
    Chandler Stephenson -- Lars Eller -- Brett Connolly
    Alex Chiasson -- Jay Beagle -- Devante Smith-Pelly

    Christian Djoos -- John Carlson
    Matt Niskanen -- Dmitry Orlov
    Brooks Orpik -- Madison Bowey

    Braden Holtby
    Philipp Grubauer
    Scratched: Taylor Chorney, Jakub Vrana
    Injured: None





    Penguins projected lineup


    Dominik Simon -- Sidney Crosby -- Bryan Rust
    Carl Hagelin -- Evgeni Malkin -- Patric Hornqvist
    Jake Guentzel -- Riley Sheahan -- Phil Kessel
    Tom Kuhnhackl -- Carter Rowney -- Ryan Reaves

    Brian Dumoulin -- Kris Letang
    Olli Maatta -- Justin Schultz
    Ian Cole -- Jamie Oleksiak

    Matt Murray
    Casey DeSmith










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  2. John Titor

    John Titor ^^^Caution: BOZO on board!!!^^

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    Reaves is a perfect fit for this game, anyone not thinking so may want to reconsider.
     
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    Tom Hanks Mistakes brought to you by my iPhone.

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    I’d rather win ;)
     
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    ColePens RIP parabola & Fugu

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    When it came to controlling play, the Caps look really poor against speed. I've noticed speed teams really own zone time and get offensive chances against them.

    If Nisky cheap shots a Penguin - Reaves won't do a damn thing.
     
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    Glad Reaves is back. Not glad to see that god awful ****ty mess of a fourth line back together though.

    Will be fun to read how it's Reaves fault his linemates have AHL talent and he's holding them back.

    Hopefully Reaves challenges the blueline to throw when Kuhn trips over it again....
     
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    Sad that we didn't call up Sprong. Going from Rust to a useless unskilled Goon on L4 is gonna suuuuck.
     
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    Going from Rust - Crosby - Kuhn fourth line to Reaves - Rowney - Kuhn is going to suck, and obviously so.

    It's one thing to bring Reaves in against Washington, another to do so with Rowney and Kuhn.
     
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    ^^^ hahaha holy ****, Holtby was so ****ing bad that series...meanwhile MAF was a god. :nod:
     
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    I could watch this forever....just trade hornquist already
     
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    Ugh, can't wait til our 4th line only plays 5 mins and spends the whole thing trying to block shots. Should have recalled Sprong.
     
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    He doesn't even have AHL talent
     
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    It's the Klim Kostin Memorial Thread!
     
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    Just win baby!!! Even though Sullivan drives me crazy with his slow-to-adapt lineup changes, just win boys!

     
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    Or they are collectively holding each other back because none of them have legit NHL talent?
     
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    Seeing the Caps banner memes never gets old. I need to keep a couple of those images on my phone for whenever Im having a bad day. Right next to a gif of Lundqvist going ape **** and fat Torts yelling.
     
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    This is the biggest game of the season to date.

    Will they continue progressing towards the playoffs, or will they disappear like a fart in the wind?
     
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    Honour Over Glory Bryan Rust, #17 on the Pens, #1 in my heart.

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    I just hope Guentzel scores a couple of goals so in Sullivan in his 2017-18 season moron logic, bumps him up to the 1st line where he belongs and puts Simon on the 3rd line and have 3 effective lines.

    LGP!

    Hoping for another very strong game from Murray, would love to see him really get back on track, despite his family tragedy.
     
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    I’d rather have Sprong 1RW and Rust 4RW ;)
     
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    That's-a spicy bottom 6!
     
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    At this point, call up Baby Blue, see what we can do in the 3-spot. At least we know Kuhn-Sheahan-Reaves can provide flashes of competence.
     
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    Rowney is back... ewwww
     
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    The bar has WiFi so might listen on the radio, then again with that 4th line I might just get pissed.
     
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    Reaves has the spleen.
     
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