Anaheim Ducks and Washington Capitals will face each other in the match of two in-form teams on Tuesday evening. The hosts are on a hot run, and they want to pick up where they left off. The away side can also be happy with its recent form, and they look forward to building up on their last performance.
Although the next challenge is going to be tough, the home side wants to continue its winning streak. Anaheim is in a good position to secure the playoffs ticket, and they want to stay in the top four in their division. On the other hand, Washington also enjoys its winning run, and they don’t want it to end now. The visitors have improved their game recently, and they search for another victory.
Anaheim Ducks – Will their hot streak continue?
The Ducks found their momentum, and the hosts tied seven straight victories. This hot run propelled them to the 2nd spot in the Pacific Division, and they improved to a 9-4-3 record. Anaheim heads to this clash after a confident 5-1 victory over the Canucks, and they want to continue in the same fashion. Trevor Zegras led the Ducks to the victory with two goals and an assist, while Ryan Getzlaf contributed with a pair of final passes. John Gibson was excellent on the goal, conceding only once from the opponent’s 27 attempts.
Troy Terry has been the most productive player in Anaheim’s offense with 20 points, including a team-high 11 goals. Ryan Getzlaf has been the best assistant with 16 and a total of 17 points. The Ducks have been excellent in the offense, and four more players produced 10+ points this season. On the other hand, John Gibson spent most of the time between the pipes and has had a .924 save percentage. The Ducks celebrated eight times with him as a goalie, and Gibson has allowed 2.37 goals per match on average.
Expected Line-Up: John Gibson, Jamie Drysdale, Hampus Lindholm, Adam Henrique, Ryan Getzlaf, Troy Terry
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Washington Capitals – Can they book the fifth straight win?
The Capitals have also enjoyed their winning run, as they booked four victories in a row. They are joint-first in the Metropolitan Division with 22 points but have played two more games than the Hurricanes. Washington goes to this match after beating the Penguins 6-1, which saw them improving to a 9-2-4 record. They looked great in the offense and had five players that produced a goal and an assist each. On the other hand, Vitek Vanecek conceded only once from the rival’s 25 shots for a .960 save percentage.
Alex Ovechkin still produces the magic on the ice, as he has contributed with 26 points in the Capitals’ offense this season. Ovechkin is the team’s top scorer with 12 goals, while he also logged a team-high 14 assists. Evgeny Kuznetsov has produced 20 points so far in the campaign, also having 14 assists. Tom Wilson and John Carlson are the other two players with ten or more points so far. Vitek Vanecek had the most action on the goal and logged a .912 save percentage. Ilya Samsonov made six appearances between the pipes, and Washington booked four wins with him on goal.
Expected Line-Up: Vitek Vanecek, Martin Fehervary, John Carlson, Tom Wilson, Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetsov
Expert Pick #1 – Anaheim Ducks to win (Inc. OT and Pen.) @+120
It is going to be a close matchup, and both teams have been playing excellently in the previous period. However, I’m going to back the home underdogs here, hoping they can continue their run and celebrate another victory. Give me the Ducks as the first pick.
Expert Pick #2 – Over 5.5 @-115
Both teams have been pretty productive in the offense, and given that they are in excellent momentum, I expect to see fireworks here. Three of their previous four head-to-head encounters went over a 5.5 margin, and I’m going to stick to the Over in this one as well and take it as the second bet.
Expert Pick #3 – Ducks to win & Over 5.5 @+290
I’ll go for a long shot here, as the odds are really tempting. Although Washington can produce good displays on the road, Anaheim booked five straight wins on the home ice. Combined with an efficient game, this pick could bring us generous profits.