So here's a mildly troubling sign - the Pens are currently a huge consensus pick at Wagerline (over 70%). That's probably too high given how these teams have performed this year.
The Pens are finding a way to get through their early games. They're clearly not clicking yet, but they still have points in four out of their five games. So far, the strengths of the team have been goaltending and secondary scoring. The biggest weakness would have to be the lack of success of their top two lines.
The Caps, after being ambushed in Atlanta in their opener, have won two games at home over Western Conference teams. The Caps have struggled with their goaltending (neither goalie has a save % over .850), but have managed two nice home wins.
I think tonight will be a closely contested battle, and hopefully Ovechkin doesn't find a way to kill Malkin, because you know he's trying.
Let's Go Pens!