Pittsburgh (2nd - Metropolitan) at Washington (1st - Metropolitan)

Matchup Details
Thu, Apr 27 - Verizon Center
FACEOFF - 7:30 PM ET
W/LATSMONEYHomeAwayO/U
Pittsburgh 54-22-6-542-45105334-6-2-220-16-4-350-32
Washington 59-19-5-537-5193934-7-2-125-12-3-439-34
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INJURY REPORT
Pittsburgh
PPlayerStatusNotes
LWC. Kunitz
Prob Thurs
Lower Body
04/25/17
Kunitz has been out of action due to a lower-body injury but is expected to suit up for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Capitals.
DC. Ruhwedel
Ques Thurs
Upper Body
04/24/17
Ruhwedel has sat out the last five games with an upper-body injury and it is unclear as to if he will return against the Capitals in Game 1 the Eastern Conference semifinals.
GM. Murray
Doub Thurs
Lower Body
04/24/17
Murray was held out of his fourth-consecutive game due to a lower-body injury and his availability for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Capitals is in doubt.
LWC. Hagelin
Doub Thurs
Lower Body
04/26/17
Hagelin is on injured reserve with a lower-body injury but has returned to practice. He is not likely to be available for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Capitals.
DK. Letang
out for season
Neck
04/13/17
Letang is on injured reserve after undergoing season-ending surgery to repair a herniated disc in his neck.
Washington
PPlayerStatusNotes
RWT. Wilson
Prob Thurs
Foot
04/25/17
Wilson is nursing an injured foot but is likely to participate in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Penguins.
CL. Eller
Prob Thurs
Undisclosed
04/25/17
Eller sat out the last practice as he took a maintenance day but is likely to participate in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Penguins.
DN. Schmidt
Prob Thurs
Lower Body
04/24/17
Schmidt is expected to partake in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Penguins despite a lower-body injury.
DK. Alzner
Out Thurs
Upper Body
04/26/17
Alzner sat out his fourth-consecutive game with an upper-body injury and will not return for Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals against the Penguins.
NEWS

Covers Preview - Generational talents Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby will resume their personal rivalry as their respective teams, the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins, meet in the playoffs for the second time in as many years and third since 2009. While the clubs are set to open their Eastern Conference second-round series Thursday in Washington, Ovechkin was quick to insist that there's more on the line than just one-on-one bragging rights.

 
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