Capitals-Penguins stream: Tuesday’s NHL on NBCSN matchup

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NBCSN’s coverage of the 2020-21 NHL season continues with Tuesday’s matchup between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals. Coverage begins at 6:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN. You can watch the game online and on the NBC Sports app by clicking here.

After returning to the ice Sunday for the first time in seven days as a result of the League’s COVID-19 protocols, the Capitals were promptly defeated by Pittsburgh, 6-3. Tuesday’s matchup is the fourth of eight meetings this season between these fierce rivals.

Pittsburgh boasts a perfect 5-0-0 record at home this season. The last time the Penguins lost at PPG Paints Arena was March 8, 2020 in a 6-2 loss to Carolina.

Two of Pittsburgh’s top offensive stars – Evgeni Malkin and Jake Guentzel – have found their form in recent games. Guentzel, who only played 39 regular-season games last season (shoulder surgery) and is just two seasons removed from a 40-goal campaign, has almost doubled his output in half as many games. Malkin has also picked up the pace after a slow start with four points, including a pair of goals, in his last five games.

Washington is allowing 3.77 goals/game (30th in NHL). With longtime netminder Braden Holtby now in Vancouver, and offseason acquisition Henrik Lundqvist out for the season after open-heart surgery, uncertainty in net has ensued. Ilya Samsonov was the presumed starter to begin the season but has started just two games due to contracting COVID-19. That’s left 25-year old Vitek Vanecek to shoulder the load (5-3-2 record in 11 starts) after making his NHL debut on Jan. 15.

Nicklas Backstrom leads Washington in goals (7), assists (11) and points (18) this season and scored a goal in Sunday’s loss. Backstrom is the franchise all-time leader in assists (695 – most by any player since entering the league in 2007-08) and is second in team history in points (945) – behind only Alex Ovechkin (1,291).

[COVERAGE BEGINS AT 6:30 P.M. ET – NBCSN]

WHAT: Washington Capitals at Pittsburgh Penguins
WHERE: PPG Paints Arena
WHEN: Tuesday, Feb. 16, 6:30 p.m. ET
TV: NBCSN (*Blacked out in local markets)
ON THE CALL: John Forslund, Pierre McGuire
LIVE STREAM: You can watch the Capitals-Penguins stream on NBC Sports’ live stream page and the NBC Sports app.

PROJECTED LINEUPS

CAPITALS
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny KuznetsovT.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana – Nicklas Backstrom – Tom Wilson
Conor ShearyLars EllerRichard Panik
Carl HagelinNic DowdGarnet Hathaway

Brenden DillonJohn Carlson
Zdeno CharaJustin Schultz
Dmitry OrlovNick Jensen

Starting goalie: Vitek Vanecek

PENGUINS
Jake Guentzel – Sidney CrosbyBryan Rust
Jason Zucker – Evgeni Malkin – Kasperi Kapanen
Zach Aston-ReeseTeddy BluegerBrandon Tanev
Colton SceviourMark JankowskiSam Lafferty

Pierre-Olivier JosephKris Letang
Michael MathesonJohn Marino
Marcus PetterssonCody Ceci

Starting goalie: Tristan Jarry

NBC Sports will premiere Doc Emrick – The Voice of Hockey, Presented by Discover – detailing the illustrious career of U.S. Hockey Hall of Fame member and eight-time Sports Emmy Award winner Mike ‘Doc’ Emrick – on Sunday, February 21 at 2 p.m. ET on NBC, leading into coverage of the NHL outdoor game at Lake Tahoe featuring the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Capitals-Penguins stream: Tuesday’s NHL on NBCSN matchup originally appeared on NBCSports.com