Anaheim Ducks vs Washington Capitals – 01/22/16 Preview
The Anaheim Ducks (20-18-7) will be visiting the Washington Capitals (35-8-3) tonight. Washington is the odd favorite to win (line: -160). Here is the projected lineup:
The Ducks just acquired FW Ryan Garbutt from the Chicago Blackhawks against FW Jiri Sekac this past Thursday. Garbutt has 2 goals and 6 points in 43 games this campaign. The trade was the second in two weeks for Ducks’ GM Bob Murray, who traded Carl Hagelin to the Pittsburgh Penguins for FW David Perron last week. Having not practiced on Thursday, the Ducks finished their longest homestand of the season with a 5-3-0 record, they will be on the road for 11 of their next 13 games. They will be entering this road trip with some momentum before the All-Star break after their 3-1 victory on Wednesday against the Minnesota Wild.
Caps’ Defenseman John Carlson returned to practice on Thursday after missing the past 12 games due to a lower-body injury. Coach Barry Trotz thinks Carlson is more doubtful than probable for the game Friday and slightly relieved by the player skating with the team for the first time. Defenseman Nate Schmidt has a goal and 4 assists with a plus-8 rating in Carlson’s absence, during which Washington has a 9-2-1 record. Brooks Orpik and Jay Beagle skated on their own still healing from injury. Orpik is out until after the All-Star break and Beagle is expected back in mid-February. Defenseman Karl Alzner will play in his 423rd consecutive game, a Capitals record.