The Washington Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their second-round series. Here’s everything you need to know to watch.
On Thursday night, the Washington Capitals will host the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 1 of their second-round series. It’s a matchup that the hockey world has grown rather accustomed to, as the teams are set to compete in the playoffs for the third season in a row and the fourth time since 2009.
For the Capitals, the objective is clear: Slay the dragon. It’ll be no easy task, as they’ve been defeated by the Penguins in 9 of 10 postseason meetings. The only time that they won a series against Pittsburgh came in the form of the 1994 Conference Quarterfinals. Although they have not moved past the second round since 1998, the team’s overarching sense of hope could be the difference maker in the games to come. Look for big minutes from the likes of Alexander Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Evgeny Kuznetsov and John Carlson. If Braden Holtby remains confident over the course of the series, Pittsburgh could very well be in for a surprise.
For the Penguins, the aim is also clear: beat them again if dreams of a three-peat are to be translated into a reality. A major drawback lies in the fact that they’ll have to get through Game 1 without Carl Hagelin and superstar Evgeni Malkin. Both players were injured in the previous series, though it’s probable that Malkin returns before Hagelin. If they’re truly to become a dynasty, expect even more from players like Sidney Crosby, Jake Guentzel, Phil Kessel and Patric Hornqvist.
Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: Game 1
Date: Thursday, April 26
Location: Capital One Arena
Time: 7:00 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVA Sports
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Both teams have depth in the right places, but as always, this rivalry should come down to Ovie vs. Crosby. Buckle up, hockey fans — this promises to be a bumpy ride!