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Pittsburgh Penguins (15-12-6)


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L 2-4
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Capitals, Penguins renew rivalry

WASHINGTON -- Even though they are playing their best hockey of the season, expect the Washington Capitals to find a little something extra in the tank Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Penguins come to town for the next chapter in this storied rivalry.

"It's always something you kind of look forward to and know about," Washington coach Todd Reirden told reporters. "Our players are excited to play against them. It's always a good challenge."

The Capitals have won five straight games to solidify first place atop the Metropolitan Division behind the continued excellence of Alexander Ovechkin, who has seven goals in his last three games and 29 on the season.

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Leaders
Points: S. Crosby36
Plus/Minus: B. Dumoulin17
Shots on Goal: K. Letang101
PIM: E. Malkin38
Win: C. DeSmith10
Shutouts: C. DeSmith2
Offense (Rank)
Goals: 111 (9)
Shots: 1075 (16)
PP%: 22.8% (9)
Penalty Minutes: 241 (29)
Assists: 189 (9)
SH Goals: 2 (24)
Standings
Metropolitan Division
  W L OTL Pts
Washington 20 9 3 43
Columbus 18 12 3 39
NY Islanders 17 12 4 38
Pittsburgh 15 12 6 36
NY Rangers 15 13 5 35
Carolina 14 13 5 33
Philadelphia 13 15 4 30
New Jersey 11 14 7 29
Full Standings
 
Defense (Rank)
Goals Against: 106 (12)
Shots Against: 1085 (13)
PK%: 82.1% (10)
Penalty Minutes: 225 (31)
Shutouts: 3 (9)
Sv%: 0.902 (18)
Injuries
Date Player Status
12/6 P. Hornqvist Undisclosed injury (IR)
12/5 D. Simon Lower-body injury (IR)
10/13 J. Schultz Fractured lower left leg (IR)
Transactions
Date Player Transactions
12/18 J. Dea Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/18 G. Wilson Waived
12/12 T. Jarry Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/7 J. Dea Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
12/5 B. Sexton Traded w/ Erkamps for Elliott, Lindberg
12/5 M. Erkamps Traded w/ Sexton for Elliott, Lindberg
12/3 M. Pettersson Traded for Daniel Sprong
11/29 J. Dea Claimed off waivers
11/29 J. Dea Sent to minors Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
11/24 G. Wilson Called up from minors from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton-AHL
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