The Washington Capitals had the day off in Pittsburgh on Monday following their 6-3 loss to the Penguins on Sunday afternoon. The two teams will finish their two-game set tonight with puck drop set for just after 7:00 p.m.
The Caps held their gameday morning skate at 11:30 this morning at PPG Paints Arena.
Head coach Peter Laviolette shuffled the top two lines from Sunday’s game. Lines at morning skate:
Capitals lines at morning skate, per team:
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It looks like Vitek Vanecek will get the start once again.
FROM THE OTHER SIDE
Tristan Jarry will get the start in goal once again for the Penguins.
Tristan Jarry will start in net for Penguins again tonight, says coach Mike Sullivan.
Rest of lineup (D Marcus Pettersson, who has missed last 9 games) are game-time decisions.
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Tom Wilson and Zdeno Chara
- Nicklas Backstrom leads the Capitals with 18 points (7g, 11a) in 13 games this season, tied for the eighth-most points in the NHL.
- Backstrom’s goal against the Penguins on Sunday marked his 250th career goal. He became the fourth player in franchise history to reach the mark (Alex Ovechkin: 711g; Peter Bondra: 472g; Mike Gartner: 397g).
- Backstrom’s 250th career goal passed Peter Forsberg (249g) for the fourth-most by a Swedish-born center (Mats Sundin: 564g; Henrik Zetterberg: 337g; Kent Nilsson and Thomas Steen: 264g).
- Backstrom is currently five assists shy of 700 career assists, where he would become one of three active players and the fifth Swedish-born player in NHL history to reach the mark, joining Nicklas Lidstrom (878), Henrik Sedin (830), Mats Sundin (785) and Daniel Alfredsson (713).
- Backstrom’s 0.72 assists per game are tied for the second-most among active NHL players with at least 500 assists, and that is tied for the 17th-highest rate in NHL history among players with 500 assists.
By Jon Sorensen