The Caps have lost three straight games in regulation and now face the Anaheim Ducks just 22 hours after the puck dropped in Los Angeles (9:30 p.m., CSN). Here are three bold predictions for the game.
1. The Caps will score first
After slow starts were highlighted as a cause for concern, the Caps responded with strong starts and scored first in each of their last two games. After three straight losses, the team knows what's at stake and they will come out of the gate swinging. It's what happens in the last two periods that should have fans concerned considering the quick turnaround and the fact that this is the third game of the California road trip.
2. There will be a fight
The Caps are a frustrated team right now and Tom Wilson is getting more playing time. Let's also not forget that the last time these two teams met, Daniel Winnik and Corey Perry exchanged jabs at one another after Perry delivered what looked like a slew foot trip on Winnik.
3. John Carlson will get an assist
Kevin Shattenkirk's play of late has come under scrutiny as he continues trying to adjust to his new team. Despite the criticism he has been receiving, he has registered an assist in each of his last four games. Carlson will fill that void on Sunday if for no other reason than to reignite the "Who should play point on the top power play" debate.
Here's a recap of Saturday's three bold predictions.
1. The Capitals will not score on the power play - Wrong
2. This game will go into overtime - Wrong
3. Dmitry Orlov will score - Wrong
2017 Results: Caps aren't the only ones who are cold. Yikes, 0-3 on the night.
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