NHL-leading Ducks visit Capitals

( - The Anaheim Ducks hope to add to their NHL-leading point total on Friday night as they resume their road trip versus the Washington Capitals.

The Ducks won for the 10th time in 13 games with last night's 5-2 win over the Nashville Predators. Anaheim moved two points clear of Nashville and the St. Louis Blues for most in the league with 74.

Anaheim won the opener of a five-game swing without captain Ryan Getzlaf, a late scratch due to a lower-body injury aggravated during warmups. He is day- to-day.

Jakob Silfverberg picked up the scoring slack with a pair of goals, while Sami Vatanen, Matt Beleskey and Corey Perry also scored. Frederik Andersen was tested often and made 44 saves, notching his league high-tying 29th win of the season.

Anaheim snapped Nashville's nine-game home winning streak.

"We didn't get frustrated in the third period despite not getting a lot of shots on net," said Silfverberg. "We had to play defense pretty much the whole period, but we stuck with it. (Andersen) played a heck of a game. It's a tough building to win in, but we did it today, and that's great."

The Capitals also are coming off a victory, having bested the Ottawa Senators 2-1 on Thursday night. Evgeny Kuznetsov and Alex Ovechkin scored 49 seconds apart in the second period, while Braden Holtby made 25 saves.

Washington was coming off a 4-0 win over Los Angeles on Tuesday and has won back-to-back games for the first time since a three-game winning streak from Jan. 10-14. The consecutive wins also come on the heels of a 1-4-2 stretch.

"Good effort by the boys," said Ovechkin, who is tied for the NHL lead with 32 goals. "We're happy that we got the win on the road."

The Capitals, who are tied with the New York Rangers for third place in the Metropolitan Division, have won five of their past seven versus the Ducks, but Anaheim was taken four of the last six meetings in D.C.

The Ducks host the Caps on Feb. 15.