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Capitals @ Ducks: GameThread

Anaheim looks for first win against the Capitals since December 23, 2013.

Ryan Getzlaf attempts a shot defended by Mike Green last season at Honda Center.
Ryan Getzlaf attempts a shot defended by Mike Green last season at Honda Center.
Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

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Washington Capitals
@ Anaheim Ducks

Sunday, February 15, 2014 5:00 PM PT
Honda Center

TV: Fox Sports West
Radio: AM 830

Your Enemy: Japers' Rink

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Numbers for Nerds:

While Alex Ovechkin's scoring acumen against Anaheim (10GP 7G 8A 15PT) is well documented, Nicklas Backstrom also averages more than a point a game (8GP 4G 6A 10PT) facing the Ducks, and both Corey Perry (10GP 4G 8A 12PT) and Ryan Getzlaf (9GP 3G 7A 10PT) have averaged over a point a game against Washington. Also of note for the Capitals, starting goalie Justin Peters has earned points in both his previous starts against Anaheim (1-0-1) and his .940 save percentage against the Ducks is the second best amongst his appearances against every team in the league.

Team Records:

Ducks: (35-14-7), 77 points (1st in Pacific Division, 2nd in Western Conference), 2.96 G/GP, 2.77 GA/GP

Capitals: (29-17-10), 68 points (4th in Metropolitan Division, 7th in Eastern Conference), 2.91 G/GP, 2.54 GA/GP

Ducks Team Leaders:

Scoring: Getzlaf (17-37-54), Perry (23-16-39), Ryan Kesler (15-22-37), Sami Vatanen (12-22-34), Matt Beleskey (21-9-30)

TOI/GP: Francois Beauchemin (22:33), Hampus Lindholm (22:00), Vatanen (21:57), Getzlaf (20:11) Top Forward

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 28 GP): Beleskey (53.9), Patrick Maroon (53.2), Ben Lovejoy (52.4), Getzlaf (51.8), Jakob Silfverberg (51.4)

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Capitals Team Leaders:

Scoring: Nicklas Backstrom (16-41-57), Ovechkin (34-19-53), John Carlson (7-31-38), Mike Green (5-28-33), Marcus Johansson (13-19-32)

TOI/GP: Carlson (23:17), Matt Niskanen (22:16), Brooks Orpik (22:01), Backstrom (20:28) Top Forward

Possession: (5v5 FF%, minimum 28 GP): Ovechkin (55.0), Andre Burakovsky (54.3), ***Nate Schmidt (53.6)***, Backstrom (53.4), Green (53.3)

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Ducks: John Gibson (3-2-0) .927 SV%, 32.1 SA/G

Capitals: Peters (2-5-1) .870 SV%, 27.5 SA/G

Power Play:

Ducks: 18.3% 15th, Vatanen 7 PPG 17 PPP

Capitals: 23.2% 4th, Ovechkin 15 PPG, Backstrom 22 PPP

Penalty Kill:

Ducks: 81.0% 16th, Andrew Cogliano 2 SHG; Cogliano, Getzlaf, Devante Smith-Pelly 2 SHP

Capitals: 80.3% 20th, Eric Fehr SHG; Niskanen, Jay Beagle SHP

***Players injured or not currently with the team denoted in italics with stars***