PREVIEW: Ducks Host Capitals

By Michael Walters

The Anaheim Ducks(35-23-10) return home to face the Washington Capitals(44-16-7) after a brief two-game road trip. The Ducks are 0-1-0 this season against the Capitals.

The Ducks will be celebrating the 10th anniversary of winning the Stanley Cup before the game! Make sure to get there early for the pregame festivities at 2:30 PM PT.

Anaheim Outlook:

The Ducks beat Chicago 1-0 and then lost 4-3 to St. Louis the night after. It looked like the Ducks were headed to overtime against the Blues, but a late goal with just over 19 seconds helped the Blues earn the victory. The Ducks are in a dog fight in the Pacific Division with Calgary and Edmonton right now for second and third place. Rickard Rakell leads the team with 27 goals. Ryan Kesler has 19 goals and Jakob Silfverberg has 18.

Keys To The Game

The Ducks were able to get a 2-1 advantage against the Blues after one period, but end up tied in the third and lost in the final seconds. The Ducks need to build a lead against the high power offense of Washington. The Capitals just played the Kings last night as well, so the Ducks need to jump on them early and score in the first period.

Anaheim’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Patrick Eaves – Ryan Getzlaf – Rickard Rakell
Andrew Cogliano – Ryan Kesler – Jakob Silfverberg
Ondrej Kase –Antoine Vermette – Corey Perry
Chris Wagner – Nate Thompson –  Jared Boll

Defense
Cam Fowler – Kevin Bieksa
Hampus Lindholm – Josh Manson
Sami Vatanen – Brandon Montour

In Net
John Gibson 23-16-8, GAA 2.28, SV% .921 (Unconfirmed)

Washington Outlook:

The Capitals have lost three in a row including a 4-2 loss to the Kings last night. Washington is still in first place in the Eastern Conference, but now just one point ahead of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Alex Ovechkin leads the team with 27 goals. T.J. Oshie has 26 goals. Marcus Johansson and Nicklas Backstrom both have 26.

Keys To The Game

In their last 10 games, Washington has only scored more than two goals twice.They have gone 5-5-0 during that time. Washington still has a high-powered offense and if they get rolling then they can be difficult to beat as the Ducks in their last meeting when they lost 6-4 earlier in the month. Despite not scoring as much, Washington gives up the least amount of goals per game at 2.12. So tonight’s game could be a tight affair.

Washington’s Projected Lineup

Offense
Marcus Johansson – Nicklas Backstrom – T.J. Oshie
Alex Ovechkin – Evgeny Kuznetsov – Tom Wilson
Brett Connolly – Lars Eller – Justin Williams
Daniel Winnik – Jay Beagle – Jakub Vrana

Defense
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov – Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik – Kevin Shattenkirk

In Net
Braden Holtby, 34-10-5, GAA 1.97, SV% .928 (Probable)

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March 12th, 2017

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