Pittsburgh hosts Washington after Eller's 2-goal game

Updated Jan. 1, 2024 4:10 a.m. ET

Washington Capitals (17-11-6, fifth in the Metropolitan Division) vs. Pittsburgh Penguins (18-13-4, seventh in the Metropolitan Division)

Pittsburgh; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m. EST

FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK NHL LINE: Penguins -185, Capitals +150

BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Penguins host the Washington Capitals after Lars Eller scored two goals in the Penguins' 3-1 win over the New York Islanders.


Pittsburgh has gone 18-13-4 overall with a 5-3-2 record against the Metropolitan Division. The Penguins have gone 2-0-1 when scoring a power-play goal.

Washington is 17-11-6 overall and 9-4-1 against the Metropolitan Division. The Capitals have a -17 scoring differential, with 78 total goals scored and 95 allowed.

The matchup Tuesday is the second time these teams meet this season. The Penguins won 4-0 in the previous meeting. Eller led the Penguins with two goals.

TOP PERFORMERS: Jake Guentzel has 16 goals and 24 assists for the Penguins. Sidney Crosby has five goals and four assists over the past 10 games.

John Carlson has one goal and 18 assists for the Capitals. Anthony Mantha has five goals and two assists over the last 10 games.

LAST 10 GAMES: Penguins: 7-2-1, averaging 3.1 goals, 5.6 assists, 4.1 penalties and 10 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.

Capitals: 4-3-3, averaging two goals, 3.8 assists, 3.6 penalties and 9.3 penalty minutes while giving up 2.6 goals per game.

INJURIES: Penguins: Bryan Rust: out (upper body), Matt Nieto: out (undisclosed).

Capitals: Martin Fehervary: day to day (upper-body), Charlie Lindgren: day to day (upper-body), Nicklas Backstrom: out (hip), Max Pacioretty: out (achilles), Sonny Milano: out (upper body), T.J. Oshie: out (lower body).


The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar.