With the Washington Capitals coming to town with just a 2-7-1 record and their front-line player Alex Ovechkin having 0 even-strength goals on the season, it’s made us wonder what the temperature of the room is around Pensburgh for rivalry teams of the moment.

The Penguins/Caps rivalry burned white hot as Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby dueled for the mythic “best player in the game” recognition a few years back but the two teams have disappointed mightily in the playoffs the past few years and the rivalry has seemed to decline. This could all change, of course, if/when the NHL has re-alignment and Pittsburgh and Washington finds themselves in the same division, if something like last year’s proposal is enacted for next season.

For now, it seems like the Pens/Philadelphia Flyers rivalry has gone back to the front-burner. The Flyers have always been the Pens primary rival, even if another might have momentarily taken over the spotlight. There’s Crosby vs. Claude Giroux in the “two star players that don’t like each other” role, the 2012 playoff series marred with fights, suspendable hits and venom aplenty from coaches and players to a man on both sides.

The Penguins and New York Rangers have a history too- with recent playoff matchups in 2008 and 2009, followed by NYR coach John Tortella whining and complaining about how much Crosby and Evgeni Malkin whine and complain. Any time there’s a division matchup against New York, it’s always an event.