The Letang-less Pens Try To Go Up 2 Games Before Going Back To Washington
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2016 PLAYOFFS RD 2, GAME #4: CAPITALS @ PENGUINS [2-1PIT]- MAY 4, 2016
PROJECTED GOALIE MATCH-UP
-Letang is suspended; will not play.
-Maatta is now an injury scratch (upper-body); will not play.
-Pouliot & Schultz will replace Letang & Maatta.
-Rust (lower-body) & Fehr (undisclosed) are game time decisions; though they are not expected to play.
-Sestito will replace Rust, & Sundqvist will replace Fehr should they not play.
-Bennett (undisclosed) is not an option to play.
-2015/16 Season PIT/WSH Game Record (Regular Season & Playoffs): 5-3 Penguins.
-Pens all-time playoff record at home vs. Capitals is now 17-8.
-Nick Bonino is on a 5-game point streak.
-Carl Hagelin is on a 4-game point streak.
-Matt Murray's 47 saves last game is a new career high.
-Patric Hornqvist's 6 points these playoffs is a new career high.
-Crosby & Malkin both played their 108th playoff game, passing Mario Lemieux for 2nd in all time most playoff games played as a Pen. (Jagr is 1st with 140.)
PENS BULLET POINTS
-Defend The House: Without Kris Letang things on defense could get very messy for the Penguins. Brian Dumoulin and Trevor Daley will be called on to fill the void the most and they must step up and answer that call. Ian Cole and Ben Lovejoy, who've been hot and cold theses playoffs both must perform steadily to back up Dumoulin & Daley.
-Find The Lost Power Play: The Penguins MUST find their wits on the power play and soon. They are now 0-10 on it this series. A remarkable drought for a team previously so lethal with the man advatange. They need to turn that around immediately. A team that cannot convert PPs is going to have trouble putting away this series.
-Paging Crosby & Malkin: Without Letang and for the first time this series Crosby & Malkin must find a way to get on the board and produce offensively. Malkin especially, as Crosby is expected to play a more defensive role with 58 out.
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