Caps fans, we have waited months for this day to arrive since this game was announced in May, and now it is finally here. The Washington Capitals will face off against the Pittsburgh Penguins tonight in the 2011 NHL Winter Classic. The Caps are coming off a 3-0 blanking of the Canadiens on Tuesday, while the Penguins are coming off a 2-1 shootout loss against the Islanders on Wednesday.
The Penguins are wrapping up their morning skate at the moment in Consol Energy Center, and the Caps will have their skate in a little bit. Big news out of the Penguins camp is that star two-way forward Jordan Staal will make his long-awaited season debut for the Penguins this evening. Staal has missed time this season with a ridiculous plethora of injuries, including a staph infection and three breaks of the same hand. To no one's suprise, Pens coach Dan Bylsma will start Marc-Andre Fleury in nets for the Penguins.
Semyon Varlamov is expected to be the starting goaltender for the Capitals tonight. More on the final line-up after the morning skate.
The weather, for the moment, is pretty rotten, with 51 degree temps and steady rain. But the forecast is getting better, with this low pressure system expected to be driven out by around 7 PM this evening by clouds and cooler, drier, air. Can't wait.
Check back later.