NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Friday, December 8th
(All times eastern)
Anaheim Ducks (21-3-6) at Washington Capitals (12-9-6), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The surging Washington Capitals seek their fifth
consecutive win tonight when they welcome the Anaheim Ducks to the Verizon
Since losing six straight games, the Caps have pulled off four consecutive
victories. On Wednesday, Chris Clark tallied two goals to lead the Capitals
past the Ottawa Senators, 6-2, at the Verizon Center.
Matt Pettinger and Matt Bradley added a goal and an assist apiece while
Dainius Zubrus and Alexander Ovechkin each had three helpers for the Capitals.
Washington has won three straight home wins for the first time since February
24 - March 2, 2003.
Olaf Kolzig finished with 35 saves for Washington, which scored three goals in
the third period.
Ovechkin has tallied four goals and four assists in the last six games. He did
play on Wednesday after receiving his first career game misconduct in
Saturday's 7-4 win over Buffalo. Instead of a suspension, Ovechkin was merely
fined $1,000 for a check against the Sabres' Daniel Briere.
The Capitals currently sit tied for third in the Southeast Division with 30
points -- 10 behind first-place Atlanta.
Washington, which is 3-1-2 against the Western Conference, will visit
Philadelphia on Saturday.
Anaheim, meanwhile, opens a five-game road trip tonight. The Ducks have won
six of their last seven games, including Wednesday's 4-0 tilt against
Nashville. Jean-Sebastien Giguere made 21 saves and Teemu Selanne netted two
goals and added an assist in the home victory.
Giguere recorded his fourth shutout of the season for the Ducks, who lead the
NHL with 48 points. Chris Kunitz had a goal and three assists in the victory
while Ryan Getzlaf also scored.
Selanne has posted seven goals and three assists in his last six contests.
Anaheim, which is 8-1-2 on the road, will play 10 of its next 12 games away
from home. The Ducks visit Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Washington edged Anaheim, 3-2, in overtime last January 13 in California to
snap a two-game series losing streak.
12/08 10:23:20 ET