The story line tonight at the Consol Energy Center is can the Penguins make it 10 straight wins? Used to be when the Penguins and Washington Capitals played conference bragging rights and scoring titles were on the line. Not any more. The Penguins are first in the Eastern Conference, the Caps 15th. Sidney Crosby is first in scoring and his one-time major rival Alex Ovechkin is 46th.
By Joey Olszewski, NHL.com
Season series: It's the third and final meeting of the regular season between the Pens and Caps and Pittsburgh is looking for the series sweep.
Big Story: The Penguins are riding a nine-game winning streak going into Tuesday's game against a streaky Capitals club. It's no secret that the teams really don't like each other and Washington has its sights set on ending the Penguins' streak.
Capitals: Despite beating Buffalo 5-3 at home on Sunday, Washington is on the outside looking in at the top eight in the East, and this week could make or break the Caps' playoff chances. They visit Pittsburgh, play back-to-back games in Winnipeg and finish against the Rangers in New York.
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