Four From The Road - Friday night's 3-2 win over the Ducks in Anaheim finished off a perfect four-game road trip for the Capitals. Jakub Vrana's goal early in the third snapped a 2-2 tie, and Braden Holtby stopped 27 shots to earn his 15th win of the season.
A week ago Friday night, the Caps embarked upon a weeklong, four-game road trip that took them to Detroit and then to California, and they brought a modest two-game winning streak along with them. After Friday's 3-2 win over the Ducks in Anaheim, the Caps have stretched that streak to six, running the table on a four-game road trip for just the second time in franchise history and the first time in more than 26 years.
South California Purple - The Caps left DC the day after Thanksgiving, forgoing leftovers for a weeklong, four-game road trip. That journey comes to an end tonight in Anaheim when the Caps take on the Ducks in Anaheim in the finale of the trip.
Turning 21 - Washington muddled its way through a sleepy, dull affair with the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night at Staples Center, emerging from the game with a 3-1 win over its hosts. That victory is the Caps' 21st of the season, and it came in the team's 30th game of the 2019-20 campaign.
Few will call Wednesday's Caps-Kings clash one of the most exciting hockey games they've ever seen, and most would likely place it well to the opposite end of that spectrum. For the Caps, it was a business as usual kind of night, and business has been good. At night's end, the Caps skated off with a 3-1 victory, their fifth in a row.
Coming Into Los Angeles - The Caps move into the back half - the Southern California portion - of their four-game road trip on Wednesday night when they make their seasonal visit to Los Angeles to tangle with the Kings.
I'm Not Down - Including Tuesday's game against the Sharks in San Jose, the Caps have yielded the game's first goal 13 times in 29 contests in 2019-20. And including Tuesday night's 5-2 win over the Sharks, the Caps have won eight of the 13, and have earned a point in 10 of 13 (8-3-2). Their .615 points pct. is third in the league under those circumstances, trailing only Boston (.700) and the New York Islanders (.643).
The Sharks scored first and last, but in between, the Caps netted five straight goals to cruise to a 5-2 win in San Jose on Tuesday night. Garnet Hathaway and Jakub Vrana scored twice each, and John Carlson racked up three points in just over three minutes late in the first to give Braden Holtby (23 saves) all the support he would need for his 14th win of the season.