The Washington Capitals are looking to get into a winning groove when they travel to the Console Energy Center to take on their biggest rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Capitals need to make this late season push if they want to have a shot at this years’ playoffs, and they will look to keep the ride of positive play going after they handily beat the Buffalo Sabres on Sunday. This rivalry game will take place at 7:30PM on Tuesday and will be broadcasted nationally on NBC Sports Network.
Alex Ovechkin made some pretty noteworthy quotes after the game on Sunday, and he stated that this team must be consistent and win. Sure, they might not go on a streak like the Chicago Blackhawks, but a couple games in a row wouldn’t hurt. Ovechkin has been playing with many different combinations this season, but he has worked well with one in particular player.
Mike Green has been injured 11 of the last 13 games, and coach Adam Oates thinks that he could return during the Capitals 4-game road trip. Oates has said that he won’t play the star defenseman unless he is “100%”, but that could be now. Green has been skating great in the past few practices, and he seems on pace to be able to go on Tuesday.
Green has been historically great against the Penguins and this trend could continue. Green is a master on the power play, and the Capitals need him back when they are a man-up. When Green was in, the Capitals had the third best PP in the league. If he is back on Tuesday and dishing the puck on the power play, the impact plays of the game will end up on the power play!