The Washington Capitals (32-19-7) visit the Anaheim Ducks (22-26-9) at the Honda Center for a 9:00pm E.T on Sunday. This is their second and final meeting this season, the first meeting between the teams ended with Anaheim winning 6-5. The game will be broadcast on ESPN+, PRIT and NBC Sports Washington.
The Capitals broke the San Jose Shark’s 6-game winning streak Thursday night with a 5-1 win. Scoring for the Capitals: TJ Oshie (2), Alex Ovechkin (1), Jakub Vrana (1) and Tom Wilson (1).
Anaheim is are coming off a 3-0 loss to the Boston Bruins on home ice.
What to watch for in the Washington Capitals:
TJ Oshie recorded a three-point night Thursday, recording two goals and an assist. Those three points helped him reach the milestone of 500-career points. He has been a key part of the offensive production of the team this whole season. Oshie is tied for second with Jakub Vrana for goals on the team, with 18. In the past five games, Oshie has recorded six points, two goals and four assists. Oshie played on the second line alongside Nicklas Backstrom and Jakub Vrana during Thrursday’s game, the line produced two goals in the game.
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Brett Connolly has recorded three goal and an assist in the past five games that the Capitals have played. He recorded a two-goal game against the Florida Panthers on Feb. 9. That was his first two goal game of the season. He currently is carrying a career best in points this season with 30 and there are 24 more games left in the season. Connolly is also one of three players who have played in all 58 games of the season, the other two are Jakub Vrana and Dmitry Orlov.
Nicklas Backstrom has been quiet recently. Thursday marks the first points he has recorded since the Feb. 5 game against the Vancouver Canucks. In the four games in between the Feb. 5 game and Thursday night’s game against San Jose, Backstrom racked up -4 in +/-. In Thursday’s game alone, he ended with a +3 in +/-. He recorded two assists during the Thursday night game, both assists coming on goals scored by his linemates. Backstrom could be heating up and getting back to his regular speed of point producing.
With back-to-back games, we could see Phoenix Copley start in net on Sunday and Braden Holtby start Monday in Los Angeles.
What to watch for in the Anaheim Ducks:
In the first meeting this season between the teams this season, Pontus Aberg helped propel the Ducks over the Capitals. Aberg recorded two goals and an assist. The two goals came in the third period and his second ended up being the game winner. This game the Ducks will not have him due to him being traded to the Minnesota Wild on Jan.16. Captain Ryan Getzlaf will have to step up in the place of him if Anaheim wants to win. In the Dec. 2 meeting, Getzlaf recorded a goal and two assists. He has not been super productive recently, only recording a goal and two assists in the past five games. He will be a key player to watch during Sunday night’s tilt in Anaheim.
In net, Kevin Boyle could start for his third consecutive game. Star goaltender John Gibson was placed on injured reserve on Feb. 13 with a head injury, most-likely a concussion. Boyle came up from AHL affiliate team, the San Diego Gulls, where he had a .909 save percentage in 30 games played this season.
Prediction: Capitals 4 – Ducks 3 (OT)