1. Brooks Orpik's hit, suspension and potential replacement and Olli Maatta's health (and potential replacement) are front and center today:
Washington's Brooks Orpik suspended three games for interference on Pittsburgh's Olli Maatta. Video: https://t.co/2sM04ITGzZ— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) May 2, 2016
The Dmitry Orlov redemption story (or something?) begins tomorrow. How I'd expect D to look:— Isabelle Khurshudyan (@ikhurshudyan) May 2, 2016
Mike Sullivan said Olli Maatta is still being evaluated today, but he is not optimistic Maatta will be available for Game 3.— Tom Gulitti (@TomGulittiNHL) May 1, 2016
Sullivan would not say who would replace Olli Maatta between Justin Schultz and Derrick Pouliot.— Chris Harlan (@CHarlan_Trib) May 1, 2016
2. In the wake of the Caps' physicality through two games, the Pens are priding themselves on their discipline in not getting drawn into that type of game:
Pens realize that ‘taking that hit or taking that punch is going to go a long way’ versus Caps https://t.co/DIc1DfmOdr— NHL on NBC (@NHLonNBCSports) May 2, 2016
Crosby on staying disciplined: "Ultimate goal is to win and we all have that in mind. Taking that hit or punch is going to go a long way."— Angie (@acarducci) May 1, 2016
You get the point.
3. As silly as it was to bill this series as a battle between two individuals (who play roughly a third of the game)... where have Sid and Ovi been? Sure, they've been doing some things, but those things aren't showing up on the score sheet. Can the Caps win if that doesn't change? Can the Pens?
Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin not exactly lighting the lamp in second-round series https://t.co/TDgHnN94d8— ESPN NHL coverage (@ESPN_NHL) May 2, 2016