Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: 6 Things To Watch for the Penguins

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Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins: 6 Things To Watch for the Penguins
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Tuesday night's home opener saw the Pittsburgh Penguins remaining undefeated in regulation time. The 4-2 victory may not be remembered at season's end, but two points will always be important.

This is especially true when the team could have easily fallen victim to a "trap game." With the Washington Capitals next on the schedule, a less-focused group could have hit the fast-forward button on their frame of mind.

It is encouraging to see the team continue to grind out wins. With Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin and Brooks Orpik out of the lineup, this is valuable ice time and, for some, valuable experience.

The Washington Capitals come to town with big smiles on their faces. In their last six games in town, they have won them all. This includes three games where the Caps scored six goals.

Obviously, an October game is not the definitive moment of a season. One thing that is important about this game though will be matching intensity.

Even if you are not a fan of either team, this should prove to be worth watching. Also, tune in early as the teams will pay tribute to the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv of the KHL.

There will be a ceremonial faceoff as well as patches on the jerseys. The jersey will later be auctioned off to support the families of the victims of the horrible tragedy.

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