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Ducks Vs Ovechkin GAMETHREAD: Come for the freedom, stay for the goal scoring

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If freedom entered the Honda centre would you realise it? would you capture it? would you watch it? Tonight we welcome our new Russian overlords to the Pond and, if nothing else, it'll be a hell of a viewing extravaganza.

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Stat Pack

ANAHEIM DUCKS versus Washington Capitals
32-21-12 (76 points) Record 37-21-7 (81 points)
3rd in Pacific, 7th in West, 13th in NHL Standings 1st Metropolitan, 4th in East, 7th in NHL
2.76 (22nd) GF/GP 3.08 (10th)
2.67 (6th) GA/GP 2.95 (17th)
18.0% (23rd) Power Play 22.5% (5th)
83.0% (4th) Penalty Kill 79.8% (17th)
TEAM STAT LEADERS
Rickard Rakell (27) Goals Alex Ovechkin (40)
Ryan Getzlaf (36) Assists Evgeny Kuznetsov (44)
Rickard Rakell (54) Points Alex Ovechkin (72)
Rickard Rakell (7) PPG Alex Ovechkin (12)
Andrew Cogliano (2) SH Alex Chiasson, Jay Beagle, Tom Wilson (1)
Cam Fowler (24:32), Ryan Getzlaf (20:58) TOI/GP (D&F) John Carlson (25.12), Alex Ovechkin (19.56)
J.T, Brown (53.38), Hampus Lindholm (52.10) SAT% 5on5 (F&D) Jakub Vrana (51.30), Christian Djoos (51.80)
John Gibson GOALIES Braden Holtby
24-15-6 Record 29-14-4
.925 Save % .908
31.98 SA/GP 31.04

Projected Lineups

Anaheim Ducks

Rickard Rakell - Ryan Getzlaf - Corey Perry

Andrew Cogliano - Ryan Kesler - Jakob Silfverberg

Nick Ritchie - Adam Henrique - Ondrej Kase

Jason Chimera - Antoine Vermette - Chris Kelly

Cam Fowler - Brandon Montour

Hampus Lindholm - Josh Manson

Marcus Pettersson - Kevin Bieksa

John Gibson

Ryan Miller

Washington Capitals

Alex Ovechkin - Nicklas Backstrom - Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana - Evgeny Kuznetsov - T.J. Oshie

Brett Connolly - Lars Eller - Andre Burakovsky

Chandler Stephenson - Jay Beagle - Devante Smith-Pelly

Michal Kempny - John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen

Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby

Philipp Ducks Grubaue

Fun Fact: Ovie is one of 23 skaters in the league to have contributed more than 1 quarter of their teams' offence. Ovie ranks 5th overall on this list after contributing to more than 28% of his teams' goals. There are no Ducks who are on this list this season.