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The Narrative: No Letang, More Grit and Even It Up

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Three things we're talking about today when we're talking about the Caps

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1. Kris Letang will serve his one-game suspension tonight, which means an already depleted Pens' blueline takes a huge hit. How will they try to cope?

That's... definitely a list of six names. Real talk: if the Caps can't take advantage of that blueline, they're not the team we thought they were.

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2. Pittsburgh has also made a couple of recalls (one of whom could be in the mix above):

Best options or a response to the physicality of the series and little ol' Tom Wilson?

Because that's what this series needed. More physicality.

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3. Win tonight and the series goes back to Washington as a best-of-three with the Caps holding home ice advantage; lose, and, well...

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(Source: WhoWins.com)

The Caps might well win Game 5 despite a loss tonight, but that far right column is your reality check - go down 3-1 and the task becomes less than 13% likely to be achieved (especially because the Caps don't get to play the Caps... zing!). In other words...