1. Welcome to the series that the NHL is banking on to save these playoffs thanks to the marquee matchup.
I took a swing at the classic Crosby-vs-Ovechkin debate on the NHL website today https://t.co/V06an4mh4O I'm sure this won't draw any heat.— Rob Vollman (@robvollmanNHL) April 25, 2016
And while Sidney Crosby wears the "C" as the Penguins captain, Eric Fehr is their Captain Obvious:
Eric Fehr to Pittsburgh reporters on Crosby vs Ovechkin: "I’m not going to lie. I think both players get up for the games."— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 25, 2016
But Barry Trotz is right (as usual):
2. So when's this thing gonna start anyway?
Per @PR_NHL, tomorrow is first time another round starts before previous round is completed since 1983: 2nd/3rd-round on same night.— Stephen Whyno (@SWhyno) April 26, 2016
Schedule update.— John Shannon (@JSportsnet) April 25, 2016
Pittsburgh v Washington looks to start Thursday. Game 2 will go in Prime time on Saturday after the Draft Lottery.
Penguins players told me they still don't know when Game 1 is. Were told to be ready for Thursday but that it wasn't set in stone.— Josh Yohe (@JoshYohe_PGH) April 26, 2016
In sum, who the hell knows?
3. Brooks Orpik skated with the team today for the first time since leaving Game 3 against the Flyers... but one of his blueline buddies wasn't out there:
It's officially a maintenance day for Alzner, per team.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 26, 2016
Trotz gave Alzner a day off. "He's a warrior. He played a lot of minutes. A lot of pucks him. ... I expect him to be just fine."— Zac Boyer (@ZacBoyer) April 26, 2016
Also, it looks like the swap of middle-six wings we saw in Game 6 is still a thing:
Jersey colors would indicate Andre Burakovsky is still in the bottom six with Marcus Johansson in the top six.— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) April 26, 2016