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Heading into the playoffs, compared to last year

It's time for the NHL's best recent rivalry, the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Washington Capitals, to renew acquaintances. Everyone sees this as merely a precursor to when the stakes are highest, so let's look at how the two teams stack up against themselves from a season ago.

Up next: Alex Ovechkin, Mike Knuble and the Washington Capitals

A preview of tonight's game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals.

Jordan Staal for Selke campaign picking up steam?

Penguins forward Jordan Staal is gaining some recognition for the NHL's defensive forward of the year trophy.

Caught in a trap The problem with the Penguins is simple, it turns out. It was on display...

Caught in a trap The problem with the Penguins is simple, it turns out. It was on display Wednesday vs. Tampa Bay, Saturday against Atlanta and in all six losses to New Jersey. The Penguins can't beat the trap. The whole league knows it. Now foes trap for 60 minutes, and the Pens do little besides get frustrated. The players don't adjust, the coaches certainly don't, and the Penguins just skate right into the trap's teeth. Me to one prominent Penguin: "How do you beat the trap?" His response: "I don't know." Me: "What about the forwards coming back farther on the breakout?" His response: "Uh, yeah. That would be a good idea." And some wonder why I criticize the coaching. Bringing the forwards farther back on the breakout enables them to build speed through the neutral zone while in possession of the puck, making them more difficult to wall off. Another option is to send a forward to the far blue line, backing the trap up and, hopefully, allowing for more skating room through the neutral zone. The Penguins do neither. That's how they lost six straight to the Devils. It's the boxing equivalent of facing a fighter with a punishing left hook, not preparing for it, and walking into it round after round after round. But that's OK. In the playoffs, these problems get sorted out quickly. Via elimination. Dan Bylsma won the Stanley Cup as a rookie NHL head coach. About a month from now, that's going to seem like it happened a million years ago. Written by Mark Madden - link included http://wxdx.com/pages/supergenius.html

Chris Kunitz day-to-day with injury

Penguins forward Chris Kunitz is injured, but that's about all we know at this point.

Carl Sneep leading BC

Pens prospect Carl Sneep is helping to lead Boston College

Tales of the Tape: Bill Guerin vs. Jim Slater

A quick blurb about Pittsburgh Penguin Bill Guerin's tromping of Jim Slater from the Atlanta Tharashers.

No Country for Old Men -- Penguins 4, Thrashers 3 (OT)

Leopold scores his first in a Penguin uniform to give the Pens a 4-3 victory in OT. Read about it here!

GameThread

Atlanta Thrashers at Pittsburgh Penguins [Open Thread]

[Game Open Thread] Atlanta Thrashers at Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins face off against the Atlanta Thrashers. Join in with the PensBurgh community for game coverage.

Up next: Colby Arm...er, Ilya Kova...er...The Atlanta Thrashers

A preview of today's game between the Atlanta Thrashers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

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