This Friday, there is a matchup between an Eastern Conference team and a Western Conference team in the NHL as the Washington Capitals and the Anaheim Ducks will face off at about 10:00 PM. This will be the second meeting between these teams this season and it will take place at the Honda Center.
Capitals Look To Extend Division LeadSo far this season, the Washington Capitals have looked like one of the best teams in the NHL. The Capitals currently have 47 points which is the most in the entire league. In addition, the Capitals are currently in first place in the Metropolitan Division with a seven-point cushion over the Islanders. Now, Washington will look for another win that can potentially extend its division lead as a Stanley Cup Playoff berth is already starting to look like a virtual lock. Luckily for the Capitals, they enter this game on a five-game winning streak so they are in great form to pick up another win regardless of where any game is being played.
Leading the Capitals offensively is defensemanJohn Carlson who has looked amazing this season. He already has 11 goals and 31 assists through the first 30 games of the regular season. Carlson has been a crucial component to the success of the franchise but he is in the midst of a career-year as he looks poised to win the James Norris Memorial Trophy.
The starting goalie for the Capitals in this game will be Braden Holtby who has been really good so far this season. He has a 14-2-4 record with a 2.82 GAA and a .909 save percentage. This season, Holtby has a 1-0-0 record with a 2.00 GAA and a .941 save percentage against the Ducks so now he will be looking to continue that level of success.
Anaheim Looks For Another Home WinSo far this season, the Anaheim Ducks have been a below average team in the NHL. Currently, the Ducks have a 12-12-4 record which has them in possession of seventh place in the Pacific Division. As a result, they are well out of the playoff picture and they are only four points ahead of the Kings for last place in the division. However, despite Anaheim's struggles this season, it has actually been really good at home this season. The Ducks have a surprising 8-5-2 record at the Honda Center this season and they will be looking for another home win on Friday after beating the Kings at home in their last game.
Leading the Ducks offensively will be centerRyan Getzlaf who has been pretty good this season. He already has a team-high 21 points in 28 games despite being 34 years old. In addition, Getzlaf also has a Plus/Minus Rating of +5 so the Ducks have fared really well whenever he is on the ice.
The starting goalie for the Ducks in this game will be John Gibson who has been okay this season. He has an 8-11-2 record but does possess a 2.86 GAA and a .910 save percentage. This season, Gibson has an 0-1-0 record with a 4.03 GAA and a .867 save percentage against the Capitals. Now, Gibson will look for a much better performance against them at home on Friday.
Trends found on Covers.com, are:
Capitals are 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite.
- Ducks are 1-4 in their last 5 games as an underdog.