2011-12 Game 48
Washington Capitals (25-19-2, 52 points) at Pittsburgh Penguins (26-17-4, 56 points)
This guy just can't stay healthy. He's out 4-6 weeks for abdominal surgery.
Why does it matter?
This tilt doesn't have the luster that it used to have, but it's still a great rivalry, and it's on national television this afternoon. That's pretty big. The Caps have won about a million games in a row in Pittsburgh, and have been generally dominant over the Pens in the regular season the last few years.
What has been happening lately?
Pens - Five wins in a row, which matches their longest of the season (the prior five game streak was October 18 - 27).
Capitals - They've been inconsistent, and they seem to struggle more on the road. Overall, they've won four of their past six, but lost two of their past three.
Questions to be answered
Is it possible for the Pens to beat the Caps in the ...