Gameday Preview – 12/2/2018 – Anaheim Ducks v. Washington Capitals

 

Anaheim Ducks (13-10-5 31pts) v. Washington Capitals (15-7-3 33pts)

 

Time: 3p EST

Station: NBC Sports Washington

 

Preview:

The Washington Capitals look to continue their winning ways before heading out west as they host the Anaheim Ducks for a Sunday afternoon matinee. While the Capitals will be looking for their 8th consecutive victory, the Ducks are 5-1-0 in their past six games and will be looking for their fourth consecutive victory.

 

Ducks Note:

The other night’s overtime victory over the Carolina Hurricanes marked a Franchise milestone.

 

Anaheim Ducks:

Projected Lineup:

Rickard Rakell — Ryan Getzlaf — Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie — Adam Henrique — Ondrej Kase

Andrew Cogliano — Ryan Kesler — Kiefer Sherwood

Brian Gibbons — Carter Rowney — Pontus Aberg

Hampus Lindholm — Brandon Montour

Jacob Larsson — Josh Manson

Marcus Pettersson — Jake Dotchin

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Andy Welinski, Ben Street, Josh Mahura

Injured: Corey Perry (knee surgery), Cam Fowler (facial fractures), Patrick Eaves (back spasms)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Use their size

The Ducks have a big team, and the Capitals have not been the most physical team. The Ducks will need to use that to their advantage, and wear down the Capitals.

 

Washington Capitals:

Projected Lineup:

Alex Ovechkin — Nicklas Backstrom — Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Brett Connolly

Andre Burakovsky — Lars Eller — Devante Smith-Pelly

Chandler Stephenson — Nic Dowd — Dmitrij Jaskin

Michal Kempny — John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov — Matt Niskanen

Christian Djoos — Madison Bowey

Braden Holtby

Pheonix Copley

Scratched: Jonas Siegenthaler, Travis Boyd

Injured: T.J. Oshie (concussion), Brooks Orpik (knee surgery)

 

Keys to the Game:

1. Get a good start

The other night the Capitals started both the 1st and 2nd periods with hot starts by scoring quickly, but they then were dominated for the most part by the New Jersey Devils. However, despite the Devils best efforts, the Capitals persevered and won the game. The Capitals will need to get the jump on the Ducks, and expect the same.

 

2. Stay out of the box

The Capitals need to stay out of the penalty box and allow themselves the ability to roll all four lines. Also the Capitals need to do a better job at drawing penalties as well.

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