NHL Preview from The Sports Network
Friday, January 13th (All times eastern)
Washington Capitals (13-24-5) at Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (19-16-7, 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Washington Capitals hope to snap a six-game losing streak tonight, as they visit the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim at the Pond.
The Capitals were handed a loss Thursday night in Dallas. Jason Arnott scored the first and last goals of the game to lift the Stars to the 4-1 win at AmericanAirlines Center.
Alexander Ovechkin scored his 27th goal of the season and Olaf Kolzig stopped 23 of 27 shots faced for the Capitals, who have also dropped eight of their last nine games. Ovechkin currently leads all rookies in goals scored (27) and points (52) and has nine goals and nine assists in his last 11 games.
Tonight is the middle test of a three-game road trip for the Caps, who are a dismal 4-12-1 as the visitor this season.
The Mighty Ducks were last in action on Monday night when they posted a 6-2 victory over the visiting Los Angeles Kings. Jonathan Hedstrom notched his first career hat trick to lead Anaheim to the easy victory.
Ryan Getzlaf, Andy McDonald and Chris Kunitz also scored while Joffrey Lupul registered three assists for Anaheim, which snapped a two-game losing streak. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 41 saves in the win.
Its was Anaheim's first game without Petr Sykora, who was shipped to the New York Rangers in exchange for defenseman Maxim Kondratiev on Sunday. Sykora was struggling this season, checking in with only seven goals and 13 assists.
The Ducks, who are 14-6-3 at home this year, begin a brief two-game road trip in Boston on Monday.
Anaheim has won two straight and four of the last five against the Capitals. The Caps have dropped two in a row at the Pond and are 1-6-1 (6 losses, 1 tie) in their last eight trips to Anaheim.
01/13 10:22:37 ET