Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin performed aspect by aspect in final weekend’s All-Star Recreation. They assisted on one another’s objectives, and even admitted to having fun with it.
On Friday, the longtime rivals return to their extra acquainted roles as mortal enemies when Ovechkin’s Capitals go to Crosby’s Penguins at PPG Paints Area in Pittsburgh.
The Capitals (30-15-5) personal first place within the Metropolitan Division, however the Penguins (28-21-three) are simply six factors behind and gaining, utilizing a eight-2-zero stretch to make up for time misplaced to an uncharacteristically sluggish begin. Crosby is driving a ten-recreation level streak (three objectives, 20 factors). Ovechkin leads the NHL with 30 objectives.
“There’s a rivalry between each groups, and I’m positive each convey out one of the best in one another,” Crosby stated Thursday. “However I feel there’s some mutual respect there.”
Crosby’s scorching streak has run congruently to co-star Evgeni Malkin, who had 12 objectives and 19 factors in January. Actually, Pittsburgh had the NHL’s first, second and fifth level producers final month — Crosby (21), Malkin (19) and Phil Kessel (17). A lot of the success could be attributed to the Pens’ NHL-main energy play (26.7 %), which has produced 10 objectives within the final 10 video games alone. The Capitals enter having gone 6-2-2 of their final 10 video games.
Pittsburgh and Washington final met Nov. 10. The season collection is cut up at one recreation apiece.
Penguins vs. Capitals
Time: 7 p.m. ET, Friday, Feb. 2
Location: PPG Paints Area, Pittsburgh
TV: CSNB, AT&TSN, TSN
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