Game Preview: 04.09.22 vs. WSH


The Penguins return home to back-to-back home games as they take on the Washington Capitals at PPG Paints Arena. Today’s game is presented by Chick-fil-A and arena doors open at 1:30 p.m. Since the start of the 2015-16 campaign, no team has beaten Washington as much as Pittsburgh (18 wins). The Penguins have points in 11 of their last 16 games against the Capitals (10-5-1). Pittsburgh is 9-3-1 in its last 13 games against Washington at PPG Paints Arena since March 20, 2016. Pittsburgh is 12-7-2 against Metropolitan Division opponents this season. Today the Penguins begin their 10th straight game streak. This year, the Penguins are 11-3-4 in a row (7-1-1 the first night; 4-2-3 the second night). Pittsburgh’s 0.722 point percentage in consecutive games is second-best in the NHL behind Calgary (0.750).


The Penguins are 8-0-1 in their third jersey this season and have outscored their opponents by a 38-18 margin in those games.

Brian Boyle has points in six consecutive home games (3G-4A), which is tied for his career originally scheduled for December 8-23, 2017 (6G-4A).

The Penguins are 85-45-18 all-time in games that Sidney Crosby is out of range and Yevgeny Malkin is in range.

Jake Guentzel has 21 points (9G-12A) in 19 career games against the Capitals, including goals in four of his last six games against them (4G-4A).

Jake Guentzel is one of four Penguins to have multiple 70-point campaigns with the team since 2005-06 along with Sidney Crosby (12 times), Evgeni Malkin (11 times) and Phil Kessel (3 times).


Under head coach Mike Sullivan, Pittsburgh plays some of the best and most consistent hockey in the league. On the morning of Nov. 17, the Penguins ranked 24th in the NHL with a 5-6-4 record and 14 points. Since Nov. 18, the Penguins are 36-15-6 for 78 points and 0.684 save percentage, which ranks third in the Eastern Conference and fourth in the NHL behind Colorado (44-9-5, 93 points, 0.802 save percentage), Florida (39-13-3, 81 points, 0.736 save percentage) and Boston (37-16-5, 79 points, 0.681 save percentage ). With just 10 games left in the regular season, Pittsburgh looks set to clinch a playoff berth for the 16th straight year. The Penguins’ current streak of 15 consecutive playoff appearances is the longest active playoff streak among teams in major North American professional sports leagues, and is the eighth-longest streak of any NHL club since the expansion of the NHL in 1967.


Video: Letang speaks with the media


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