The Capitals (48-13-4, 100 points) begin a three-game California road trip tonight in Anaheim, where they’ll face the Ducks (37-19-8, 82 points). You can watch the game on CSN beginning with Pregame Live at 9:30. Here are our AAA Keys to the Game:
Who’s in goal for the Caps: Braden Holtby (40-8-3, 2.24, .922) returns to the nets for the Caps after serving as a backup to Philipp Grubauer in Saturday night’s 2-1 win in Boston. Holtby is eight wins away from tying Marty Brodeur’s NHL record of 48 victories.
Who’s in goal for the Ducks: John Gibson (16-8-2, 2.09, .918) is expected to start for the Ducks. Coach Bruce Boudreau has been rotating Gibson and Frederik Andersen for the past three weeks, giving each two starts in a row.
Weber in, Chorney out: Mike Weber, who sat out Saturday night’s game in favor of Nate Schmidt, is expected to return to the lineup in place of Taylor Chorney. Weber is expected to be paired with Schmidt.
Special teams: The Caps and Ducks are tied for first in the NHL on the power play (23.8 percent). The Caps rank tied for fourth on the penalty kill (84.5), while the Ducks rank third (86.2).
Scoring trends: The Caps have been outscored by their opponents 49-48 in first periods this season but have outscored their opponents 156-97 in the second and third periods. The Ducks have outscored their opponents 53-32 in the first period but have been outscored 64-46 in the second period.
All their quaked up to be: The Ducks have won a franchise-record 11 consecutive games and are 12-0-1 in their last 13. Both are the longest streaks in the NHL this season. The Ducks are also 18-1-1 in their last 20 games since Jan. 20. Since Christmas the Ducks are 25-4-2 for the best record in the NHL.
More on Gibson: Rookie goalie John Gibson currently ranks second among NHL goaltenders in GAA (2.09) and tied for fifth in shutouts (4) this season. Gibson also currently owns a career-tying four-game winning streak (4-0-0).
Iron man: Ducks left wing Andrew Cogliano is the NHL's reigning iron man (686 games) and owns the sixth-longest iron man streak in NHL history. He has never missed a game in his NHL career dating to Oct. 4, 2007 with Edmonton. Only Doug Jarvis has played more consecutive games to start his career.
Century mark: The Capitals are the 10th team in NHL history to reach the 100-point plateau in 65 games or less and the first team to do so since the 2001-02 Detroit Red
Wings (65 games). This is the fastest the Caps have reached 100 points in franchise history (previous: 2009-10, 69 games).
Road trippin’: The Caps are 22-7-2 on the road this season, ranking first in the NHL in road point percentage (.742) and second in road wins (22) and road points (46). Washington’s 22 road wins are tied for the most road victories through a team’s first 31 road games in NHL history. In addition, Washington has earned a point in 20 of its last 25 road games (18-5-2).
Tight nights: The Caps have played in 10 straight one-goal games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, this marks the longest streak of games decided by one goal to end in regulation or overtime in NHL history. The Caps are 7-3-0 during this stretch and are 24-6-4 in one-goal games this season.
Injured: John Carlson (lower-body)