Capitals Daily Report: Back to the Steel City as the Caps Look to Steal one in Enemy Territory

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The Washington Capitals are on a mission to bring the series back to the District on Wednesday night. Prior to tonight’s Game 6, the Capitals held a morning skate at PPG Paints Arena. Puck drop is 7:30 pm. 

Previously on the Stanley Cup playoffs…

MORNING SKATE
Once again, Alex Ovechkin came onto the ice in a white jersey, indicating he will remain on the third line for the second straight game. Andre Burakovsky was on the top line. For the third straight game, Washington will go with seven defensemen. The Capitals lines for tonight:

Forwards
Burakovsky-Backstrom-Oshie
Johansson-Kuznetsov-Williams
Ovechkin-Eller-Wilson
Winnik-Beagle

Defense
Orlov-Niskanen
Orpik-Carlson
Schmidt-Shattenkirk
Alzner

FROM THE OTHER SIDE:
Trevor Daley, who left Game 5 with a lower body injury after a collision with Tom Wilson, wasn’t on the ice for Pittsburgh’s morning skate and won’t play tonight. Chad Ruhwedel could be filling in for Daley. Brian Dumoulin wasn’t on the ice neither.

The ‘HBK’ line has reunited.

Pens lines
Forwards
Sheary-Crosby-Hornqvist
Guentzel-Malkin-Rust
Hagelin-Bonino-Kessel

Defense
Kunitz-Cullen
Wilson-Kuhnhackl

Rosters and stats for game 6 are here:

GAME LINKS:
Caps Seek to Rewrite Last Year’s Script in Game 6
The Afternoon Narrative: Pens’ Lines and D, Mr. Game 6 and Past as Prologue (J.P./Japers’ Rink)
How Evgeny Kuznetsov Emerged From His 2016 Struggles to Become a Leader For The Caps (J.J. Regan)
Caps Today and Top Game Notes, 5/8/17
How the Capitals can force Game 7 against the Penguins (USA Today)

RINKSIDE UPDATE:
Mike Vogel chats with Marcus Johansson for today’s Rinkside Update.

SHAVINGS:

  • The Capitals are 13-15 all-time in Game 6’s, 9-10 on the road, and 6-7 when trailing 3-2. (Ted Starkey)
  • Since making his playoff debut in 2007-08, Ovechkin has scored five or more goals in the postseason seven times, ranking first in the league.
  • Saturday’s game marked the 10th time in franchise history Washington has won a playoff game when it trailed entering the third period.

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FAN PIC OF THE DAY:

FAN POLL:

By Michael Marzzacco

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