After a slow start in the first eight games, Washington Capitals Coach Adam Oates hopes his team doesn't need any extra motivation.

If the Capitals are going to make up lost ground in the standings, they need victories regardless of the competition.

But all of that may be precisely why there is no better time for the Capitals to face their most heated rival, the Pittsburgh Penguins, on a national television stage for a Super Bowl Sunday matinee at Verizon Center.

Washington is looking to keep momentum rolling after earning its second win of the season on Friday.

The Penguins have won three of their past four, including a 5-1 victory over New Jersey on Saturday afternoon.