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Sunday Roundup/Gameday: Caps @ Pens

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In case you haven't heard, the Caps and Pens will be facing off this afternoon on national television. The Pens enter the game with a 15-game point streak (13-0-2), while the Caps... well... not so much (though they have gotten at least one point out of four of their last five games). Washington's Alexes have gone cold, as Alex Ovechkin has only one goal in his last six games and Alex Semin has only one goal in his last eight outings, and the team is getting absolutely no offensive help from the blueline. Consider:
Yes, the Caps tend to use four forwards on the power-play, thereby limiting opportunities for defensemen to get points thereon, and there are several slumping forwards who aren't helping the D much either (paging Brian Sutherby). But any way you cut it, those stats are pretty bleak, and until the team starts getting better production from the blueline - better breakout passes, more shots at the net for rebounds, etc. - the team will likely continue to struggle to score.

As always, get all your previews from around the Cap-o-sphere over at Washington Hockey Daily. Enjoy the game, and Let's Go Caps!

Daily Awards
  • Hart: Henrik Zetterberg (3G, including game-winner, A, 6 SOG)
  • Ross: Henrik Zetterberg, Pavel Datsyuk (4 points each)
  • Norris: Dion Phaneuf (G, 3 SOG, 5 hits)
  • Vezina: Martin Brodeur (26-save shutout win)
  • Richard: Henrik Zetterberg (3G)
  • Calder: Daniel Girardi (2A, +1)
  • Aiken: Steve Valiquette (L, 2 goals allowed on 8 shots against in 19:24 of relief work)