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Carlson trying to extend point streak to seven for Washington; Anaheim looking to build on good start to road trip

by Harvey Valentine / Independent Correspondent

DUCKS (10-9-2) at CAPITALS (15-3-4)


The Game

John Carlson will try to extend his point streak to seven games when the Washington Capitals play the Anaheim Ducks at Capital One Arena on Monday.

The defenseman has nine points (one goal, eight assists) during his streak. It's his second longest of the season, after a nine-game streak from Oct. 8-24 (five goals, 13 assists).

Washington is looking for its 13th win in 16 games. The Capitals are 12-1-2 in their past 15, outscoring opponents 59-43.

Anaheim ended a five-game winless streak (0-3-2) with a 4-1 win at the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, the first of a four-game road trip.


Players to watch

Ducks forward Jakob Silfverberg has five points (two goals, three assists) in his past five games.

Capitals goalie Braden Holtby is 6-0-0 with a 2.09 goals-against average and .929 save percentage in his past six games.


They said it

"We played an excellent team last game. We were able to duck in, score when we needed to and get out of there, and we're playing an extremely heavy, experienced team here tonight. We're going to get a full dose of exactly where we want to get to as a team." -- Ducks coach Dallas Eakins

"We need to get in on the forecheck and be physical when we arrive there and play in the offensive zone for longer stretches than we have probably recently, especially against this team. Otherwise they're dangerous offensively and have the ability to transition." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden


Ducks projected lineup

Rickard Rakell -- Ryan Getzlaf -- Max Jones

Devin Shore -- Adam Henrique -- Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie -- Sam Steel -- Troy Terry

Nicolas Deslauriers -- Derek Grant -- Carter Rowney

Michael Del Zotto -- Cam Fowler

Josh Mahura -- Erik Gudbranson

Brendan Guhle -- Korbinian Holzer

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Scratched: Ondrej Kase, Jacob Larsson

Injured: Josh Manson (lower body), Hampus Lindholm (lower body)


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Nicklas Backstrom -- T.J. Oshie

Richard Panik -- Lars Eller -- Travis Boyd

Brendan Leipsic -- Chandler Stephenson -- Garnet Hathaway

Michal Kempny -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Radko Gudas

Jonas Siegenthaler -- Nick Jensen

Braden Holtby

Vitek Vanecek

Scratched: None

Injured: Nic Dowd (upper body), Carl Hagelin (upper body)


Status report

The Ducks did not have a morning skate. … Boyd, who scored his first goal of the season in a 3-2 shootout win against the Boston Bruins on Saturday, was promoted to the third line, with Hathaway going to the fourth line. … Hagelin, who has missed five games, took part in the morning skate wearing a non-contact jersey but remains day to day. Dowd was not on the ice and Reirden said that his injury is worse than believed originally.


Stat pack

Henrique has five assists in his past five games. … Ovechkin has 253 career power-play goals, two behind Teemu Selanne for third in NHL history.

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