Thursday, April 28, 2016
The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins will face off in round 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs. Captains Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will reignite a big rivalry. The Capitals come off a 6 game series with the Philadelphia Flyers and the Penguins beat the New York Rangers in 5 games. This will be the second time the 2 captains played in the playoffs against each other with the Penguins winning in 7. Washington goalie Braden Holtby leads the postseason in save%, GAA, and shutouts. The Penguins starting goalie is rookie Matt Murray who was dominant vs New York. The Penguins have the best powerplay and goals/game this postseason although the Capitals lead in GA/game. Both teams have good defensive cores. The Penguins have Kris Letang, Olli Maatta and Trevor Daley as their best 3 blueliners. The Capitals have John Carlson, Matt Niskanen and Karl Alzner. The Penguins offense has help from rookies Conor Sheary, Tom Kuhnhackl and Bryan Rust as well as from veterans Patric Hornqvist, Carl Hagelin, and former Capital Eric Fehr. The Capitals have Justin Williams, Mike Richards, and Jason Chimera. Finally, we have the X factors. It's T.J. Oshie for the Capitals and Phil Kessel for the Penguins.