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?
Pens' top 6 D-men for Game 4: Playoff ice time— Yahoo Sports NHL (@YahooSportsNHL) May 3, 2016
Pouliot 12:10 (1 GP)
Schultz 5:52 (1 GP)
@seamullet1 I would just be guessing— Ryan Wilson (@GunnerStaal) May 3, 2016
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.
2. Pittsburgh has also made a couple of recalls (one of whom could be in the mix above):
Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) May 3, 2016
Best options or a response to the physicality of the series and little ol' Tom Wilson?
Tom Wilson: "I'd love to be able to go out there and drop the gloves and grab Letang, but it's a new age."— Dan Steinberg (@dcsportsbog) May 3, 2016
Tom Sestito: "People are going to be hitting everybody. Maybe the hands slip out (for a fight), maybe they don’t.' #CapitalsTalk— Chuck Gormley (@ChuckGormleyCSN) May 4, 2016
Penguins recall Steve Oleksy and Tom Sestito.— Seth Rorabaugh (@emptynetters) May 4, 2016
Game 4 introductions: https://t.co/cfiiCiJPix
Possible Sestito plays for the Penguins. Weber will play for the Capitals. Did the physicality just escalate even higher in this series?— Dan Rosen (@drosennhl) May 4, 2016
Because that's what this series needed. More physicality.
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...
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...