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Up next: Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and the Washington Capitals

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[SBN Caps blog - Japers' Rink]

Record: 40-12-6 (1st in the East)

Scorers: Alex Ovechkin (39g, 43a), Nicklas Backstrom (25g, 46a), Alex Semin (26g, 32a)

It almost feels pointless to toss up a preview for today's game, seeing as how it's less than 4 hours from start time, but I guess we can at least address a few things.

  • First off, the Pens made their way to the hotel in Washington at 2 a.m.  2 a.m.  Doesn't sound like a four-hour bus ride to me.  If not for NBC and the Super Bowl, this game would've been pushed back.
  • A win will extend the Capitals' win streak to 14 straight.  The 92-93 Pens hold the NHL record with 17.
  • Prepare yourself for the patented Crosby vs. Ovechkin storyline.  For NBC, it's still a selling point.
  • Chris Kunitz may be in the lineup for this one. 
  • If the Pens wake up for only one afternoon game for the rest of the season, let it be this one.

Puck and thread drop at 12 noon.  Game on NBC.