Originally posted on The Pensblog  |  Last updated 1/11/12

Pittsburgh Penguins (21-16-4) @ Washington Capitals (21-17-2)

7:30 pm/et

TV: NBCSN, TSN2

Verizon Center - Washington, DC

Crosby is out. Letang is out. Staal is out. Backstrom is out. Green is out. Both the Penguins and the Capitals are struggling to remain in the playoff picture. This likely wasn't what NBC expected when they picked up this game tonight.

The battle for eighth place in the conference is on. The Pens need a win bad.

EDIT: Simon Despres is also out with an injury. However, Dustin Jeffrey will play tonight.

Season Series: 1-0-1.

Last meeting that counted: December 1, 2011. Penguins won 2-1.

What we said in our recap:

By the way, no clue what Dale Hunter's system even is. Is it to commit unlimited turnovers? Is it to just skate around until you get tired? Their defense is solid. It's hard to say something like that after a game in which they've given up 35 shots, but it's true. The shot number was skewed, 35-17, just because the Caps offense sucks so bad and couldn't maintain any pressure. The Pens basically made Washington a one-line team. 17 shots? Get real. Edmonton is last in the NHL, averaging 25.9 shots per game.

Know Your Enemy: Rock The Red.net.

What they're saying:

Nothing for a few days.

Pittsburgh Penguins Notes:

Injuries, injuries, injuries.

The Pens have lost five straight.

They're 4-6 in their last ten.

Washington Capitals Notes:

The Caps have lost their last two.

They're 5-4-1 in their last ten.

We still hate them.

Favorite Washington Capitals Image, Photoshop, Gif or Video:

Still a classic.

There isn't anything wrong with the Penguins or Penguin fans that can't be cured at least a little by beating the Washington Capitals. Win number 136 where are you???

Do It.

Go Pens.

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