Washington hosts Anaheim at the Capital One Arena on Saturday night. The Ducks have won three of their last four games as they continue to right the ship and get back into the Pacific division. The Capitals continue to roll winning six of their last seven games.
Roy makes the most of his opportunity with two goals
The defense has really clamped down for Anaheim, who has now scored 11 total goals in their last four games while giving up just six total. One of their last three victories was a shutout win. The latest win wasn’t a shutout, but it was still a dominant 3-1 victory over St. Louis. It’s been a tough week for the Blues and the Ducks capitalized with back-to-back goals in the third period to take a commanding 3-0 lead.
The Ducks only had 18 shots on goal compared to the opposition’s 30. Left wing Kevin Roy (7 pts) had both goals in the third period for the Ducks and now has three points in his last two games. Roy stepped up as left wings Nick Ritchie and Mike Liambas are both questionable heading into this one. Goaltender John Gibson (10-10-3) has been solid over his last two victories, averaging roughly a 95 save percentage (3 goals allowed, 60 shot attempts).
Chiasson scores back-to-back goals to pull away against Bruins
Outside of scoring one goal in their loss to the Islanders, Washington has been red-hot offensively. They’ve won two consecutive and scored five goals in both wins, the latest being a 5-3 victory over Boston on the road. The Bruins had a couple of goals in the final four minutes, but the game was well over by that point with a 4-1 advantage for the road team. Early in the third period, right wing Alex Chiasson helped the Caps pull away.
Chiasson’s two goals brings his point total to eight this season, and it was his first points since scoring a goal against Columbus on December 2nd. Alex Ovechkin scored an empty netter and added an assist for two points on the night. Defender Brooks Orpik is questionable Saturday after sustaining an upper body injury last time out. Goaltender Braden Holtby (18-7) is expected to start. He allowed three goals on 37 shot attempts against the Bruins.
- 2-8 in their last 10 against teams with a winning record
- 2-5 in their last 7 road games
- 6-1 in their last 7 overall
- 40-14 in their last 54 home games
Anaheim has been playing better, especially defensively, over the past week. That defense will be thoroughly tested against Washington and it’s doubtful they’ll be able to keep this up in their road trip.