Originally written on Rock the Red  |  Last updated 2/3/13
Neutralizing the two best players in the world is always a tough task; Crosby had 3 points Saturday. (Clydeorama). The Washington Capitals will welcome the Pittsburgh Penguins to Verizon Center this afternoon for their traditional Super Bowl Sunday matinee game.  Pittsburgh, who won their last game against the Devils 5-1 on Saturday, are 5-3-0 for ten standings points; this places them atop the Atlantic Division and third in the Eastern Conference.  The Capitals, who beat the Flyers 3-2 on Friday night for their second win of the season, are 2-5-1 for five standings points; that places them fourth in the Southeast Division and 14th in the Eastern Conference.  This is the first of three meetings between these two teams this season, but the only one at Verizon Center. Marc-Andre Fleury, who made 15 saves in the Penguins’ romp over New Jersey yesterday, seems likely to get the start in goal from head coach Dan Bylsma.  Fleury has posted a 2.54 GAA and .897 save percentage so far on the young season in his five starts, and has always played the Capitals tough despite his middling career statistics.  On the injury front, Pittsburgh is missing big-minute defenseman Matt Niskanen with an ankle injury, but otherwise will field a full lineup, including Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin. After his excellent performance Friday night against the Flyers in which he made 29 saves, Braden Holtby will once again get the tap on the pads in net from Adam Oates.  Holtby’s last start was a big improvement over his first two, in which he allowed ten goals and took two losses; he has a 4.05 GAA and .885 save percentage in his three starts.  Both Brooks Laich and Jack Hillen will be unavailable for this game because of injury, while John Erskine will also be absent because of a suspension he received for elbowing Philadelphia’s Wayne Simmonds.  Expect Tom Poti to enter in Erskine’s place, while Mathieu Perreault and Roman Hamrlik remain healthy scratches. Puck drops 12:38-ish; the game will be broadcast nationally by NBC. Harry Hawkings is a college student credentialed to cover the Capitals for RtR.  Follow him on Twitter here for all your news needs this season.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Rajon Rondo wants 'all of' Kings' $10M cap space

Reports: Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson returning to Cavs

Dwyane Wade, Heat reportedly progressing in contract talks

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Brandon Spikes sentenced to one year probation in crash

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Leafs trade Kessel to Penguins in multi-player deal

David Ortiz vehemently denies that his bat speed is declining

Report: Spurs sign Danny Green to deal, trade Tiago Splitter

Matt Duffy is baseball’s biggest surprise

Jim Harbaugh joins Colin Cowherd for awkward interview

Report: Butler leaning toward long-term deal with Bulls

The best and worst MLB players in the month of June

Report: Lakers didn’t make strong impression on Aldridge

Danny Green takes the Andre Iguodala path

DeSean Jackson rips Eagles in new reality TV show

Deciding what the All-Star Game really means

Being a Dallas Cowboys fan could cost Chris Christie votes

Winning and losing the strike zone game: Midseason update

Baltimore Orioles keep finding a way to win

Aldridge recruited to Lakers by Adam Levine, Snoop Dogg

Report: Pelicans sign Davis to five-year, $145M extension

Rex Ryan more excited about Taylor than Cassel?

Jose Aldo out of UFC 189, replaced by Chad Mendes

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Obama Administration: Change name if Redskins move to D.C.

Deciding what the All-Star Game means

Odell Beckham Jr. offered professional baseball contract

Orioles keep finding a way to win

Lloyd sends USWNT to World Cup final

Selecting the 2015 AL All-Stars

NBA Draft grades: Eastern Conference

Under the radar NBA free agents

Michael Sam, boyfriend broke up?

Mickelson linked to money laundering?

Reminiscing on 'Love & Basketball' 15 years later

Selecting the 2015 NL All-Stars

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.