Gameday Preview – 12/19/2018 – Pittsburgh Penguins v. Washington Capitals

Pittsburgh Penguins (15-12-6 36pts) v. Washington Capitals (20-9-3 43pts)

 

Time: 8p EST

Station: NBC Sports Network

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins renew their rivalry on Wednesday Night Hockey on NBC Sports Network. The Capitals will look to keep their 5 game winning streak going, while the Penguins will look to bounce back from their recent loss to the Anaheim Ducks, and gain some consistency.

 

Pittsburgh Penguins:

Projected Lineup:

 

Penguins News:

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Consistency

The Penguins need to play a much more consistent game than they have been to gain some more ground in the Metro Division.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

 

Capitals News:

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get special teams on track

The Capitals need to start getting their special teams back on track, especially the penalty kill. It has been the biggest weakness thus far as their penalty kill has given up too many goals and ranks 27th overall in the League.

 

2. Smart defense

The Capitals need to play smart defensively against the Penguins, and contain the Penguins speed and skill. The Capitals also need to make better plays to break out of their zone as well too.

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