Leading scorers: Alexander Ovechkin (27G, 27A), Nicklas Backstrom (12G, 33A)
Up until the Washington Capitals hit a recent three-game skid, it's safe to say they were playing some pretty scary hockey. How scary? I guess that all depends on how scary an 11-3 December record is.
Tonight the Caps shoot off to Pittsburgh after dropping three straight, the most recent a 5-2 loss to the Oilers last night.
Two years ago tonight's game would pose as the overly-hyped "Crosby vs. Ovechkin" game. But it would seem a lot of outlets are taking the Malkin vs. Ovechkin approach. Take for example the Post-Gazette.
Rivalries/hype aside, let's not forget how the last Caps/Pens game panned out back on October 16. The Penguins managed a quick 3-1 lead but soon squandered it in regulation to lose 4-3. Couldn't even get a point. That was pretty painful and the start of a similar trend.