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Capitals Vs. Penguins: Rival Washington Heads To Pittsburgh For Early-Season Clash

The Pittsburgh Penguins will likely be without Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby as they face the Washington Capitals tonight.

It feels a little early in the season for this kind of game, but the Penguins and the Capitals are getting together Thursday night for a renewal of their budding rivalry. The game starts at 7:00 and can be seen on NHL Network and Root Sports. 

The rivalry loses a little bit of it's luster because the individual matchup of Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin, which the rivalry was largely built on, won't be able to happen tonight as Sidney Crosby is still recovering from the concussion. But if somebody else can still upstage Ovechkin, I'm sure Penguins fans won't be too disappointed that it isn't Crosby doing it.

The Capitals have only played two games so far this season, but they have won both of them. Ovechkin has yet to score his first goal of the year, but he still has to be treated like the threat he is.

We'll have more on this game all day, in this StoryStream. For more on the Penguins head over to PensBurgh. For more on the Caps, check out Japers' Rink and SB Nation DC.

Photographs by dizfunk used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.