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Preview: Ducks Look for Payback Against Capitals Tonight

by Kyle Shohara @kyleshohara / AnaheimDucks.com

The last time the Ducks and Washington Capitals met, they combined for 50 minutes worth of penalties at the end of the second period that included two fighting majors, a 10-minute misconduct, a game misconduct, match penalty and an incident that led to a three-game suspension for Washington's Garnet Hathaway. The game, held at Capital One Arena, took place on Nov. 18 - a 5-2 Capitals victory.

Tonight, they'll face each other for the final time this season at Honda Center. Game time is set for 7 p.m. PT with broadcast coverage on KCOP-13 and AM 830. The Ducks enter tonight's game with points in three of their past four (2-1-1) and have gone 3-1 in their past four against the Metropolitan Division (2-0 at Honda Center).

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They'll have their work cut out for the them tonight. The Capitals sit atop the NHL with 47 points (21-4-5) and have gone 13-2-1 on the road this season. They've won five in a row and seven of their past 10 (7-2-1). At the 30-game mark, the Caps have set a franchise record for the most points through 30 games. They lead the NHL this season in goals (109) and own the second-best goal differential (+26).

Like clockwork, Alex Ovechkin paces the club in goals this season, with 20, but leading the team in points is defenseman John Carlson. With a two-goal effort in Washington's victory over the Kings two nights ago, Carlson (11g/31a) became the first defenseman since Al MacInnis (1990-91, 11g/31a) to record at least 42 points through a team's first 30 games of a season and one of four d-men in NHL history (Bobby Orr: five times; MacInnis and Denis Potvin: once).

The Ducks have won three straight home games against the Capitals, one shy of their club record set Dec. 13, 1996-Oct. 19, 1999. They've posted an all-time record of 19-13-6 vs. Washington, including a 9-6-3 mark at Honda Center. Ryan Getzlaf paces active Ducks in career scoring against the Caps with 26 points (7g/19a) in 19 games. Getzlaf brings a seven-game point streak (3g/12a) against the Capitals into tonight's matchup.

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