Make way for the champs! The reigning Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins, begin their repeat bid on Oct. 13 but standing in their way are the Washington Capitals. Who starts the new NHL season with a win? Don’t miss this game – click to watch.
The Pittsburgh Penguins will try to become the first team since 1998 to win back-to-back Stanley Cups. The Pens hope to christen the 2016-17 season with a win over the Washington Capitals, but the Caps won’t make it easy. It’s going to get downright electric at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh when the puck drops around 8:00 PM ET. Don’t miss a thrilling second!
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The Penguins are hoping that the home rink advantage helps make up for the loss of captain Sidney Crosby. The 29-year-old is recovering from a concussion he sustained in practice, per Fox News. Sidney lost two seasons while recovering from a 2011 injury, so he’s no rush to get back on the ice. “You have to be patient,” he said ahead of the game. “You have to make sure you listen to your body. If you’re ready you’re ready and if you’re not, don’t take any chances.”
If there’s one thing the Capitals are ready for – it’s revenge! Pittsburgh eliminated Washington in the second round of the 2015-16 Stanley Cup playoffs and the Caps haven’t forgotten. ”It’ll sting a little knowing that they beat us to get to their championship,” Matt Niskanen, 29, who left the Pens for the Caps in 2014, said. “I don’t think we’ll need that extra motivation, but it’ll provide a little, I’m sure.”
Motivation can be a players’ best friend, especially when it comes in the form of 9-carats. Right before the game, the Penguins finally got their Stanley Cup championship rings, according to Yahoo Sports. Over 300 diamonds were used to adorn these symbols of excellence. Wow. If the Pens needed any more inspiration to repeat, all they have to do is look at the bling on their fingers.
Who do you think will win this game, HollywoodLifers? Are you pulling for Pittsburgh to repeat or are you counting on the Capitals to claim the cup this season?