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Tuesday, March 18th (All times Eastern)

Washington Capitals (32-27-10) at Anaheim Ducks (45-16-7), 10 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Adam Oates knows his team will be the underdog in all three of its games during a trip to the West Coast, but the Washington Capitals head coach is still gunning to post a perfect record on the trek.

Oates' boys will kick off the three-game California trip on Tuesday when the Capitals visit Bruce Boudreau's Anaheim Ducks.

Sitting two points out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, Washington needs every point it can muster at this stage of the season. The club, however, is just 12-16-5 on the road in 2013-14 and will face the top three teams in the Pacific Division during this trip.

After tonight's game in Anaheim, the Caps will visit Los Angeles on Thursday before completing the swing Saturday in San Jose. The Ducks and Sharks are tied for the top spot in the Pacific with 97 points apiece, while the Kings are 15 points behind.

"You've got to win them all," said Oates. "We haven't played L.A. yet, but we played Anaheim here (in Washington). We could've won the game, and San Jose same thing. I know they're better than us in the standings, but you've got to have the attitude you're going to beat them."

Washington does carry a bit of momentum into the trip, having won its last two games by beating Vancouver and Toronto during a recent two-game homestand. After picking up a 4-3 win over the Canucks on Friday, the Capitals downed the Maple Leafs by a 4-2 score on Sunday.

Troy Brouwer picked up a pair of goals to lead Washington past Toronto. Joel Ward contributed a goal and an assist, with Jason Chimera tallying and Karl Alzner adding two assists for the Capitals, who had lost five of six games before winning twice over the weekend.

Jaroslav Halak was solid in net on Sunday, making 27 saves. The veteran goaltender is 3-2-0 with a 2.42 goals against average and .924 save percentage in five games with the Caps since coming over from Buffalo in a trade.

Halak expects to get the start tonight. The 28-year-old Czech is 4-5-0 with a 2.93 GAA in 10 career games against Anaheim.

Tuesday's game marks the second time Boudreau will be meeting his old team since the Capitals fired the head coach early in the 2011-12 season. The Ducks helped Boudreau make a triumphant return to D.C. on Dec. 23, when Anaheim recorded a 3-2 win at the Verizon Center.

Washington still boasts a 4-1-1 record in its last six games against the Ducks and Anaheim has lost three in a row versus the Caps on home ice. Tuesday's tilt marks the first meeting between the clubs in Orange County since the Caps notched a 7-6 win on Feb. 16, 2011.

The Ducks recently went 2-1-0 on a three-game road trip. The swing began with a disastrous 7-2 loss in Calgary before Anaheim righted the ship with wins at Colorado and Los Angeles.

Friday's 6-4 win over the Avalanche halted a four-game slide and the Ducks were able to follow the victory up the next night with a 2-1 triumph over their Southern California rivals.

Frederik Andersen made 37 saves to help Anaheim edge the Kings on Saturday. Tim Jackman and Patrick Maroon scored for the Ducks.

"It was a good hockey game," said Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf. "It was back and forth, and a little chippy here and there. Those are the games we need to get used to during the stretch."

Anaheim is 24-6-4 as the home team this season, but will try to halt a three- game slide at the Honda Center on Tuesday.

Veteran defenseman Stephane Robidas could make his debut for the Ducks on Tuesday. Robidas was acquired from the Dallas Stars before the trade deadline, but he hasn't played since Nov. 29 due to a fractured right leg.

Robidas practiced on Tuesday and with Ducks defenseman Cam Fowler dealing with a lower-body injury, he could be in the lineup tonight. The 37-year-old defenseman had four goals and one assists in 24 games with the Stars this season before his injury.

The Capitals, meanwhile, learned Monday that forward Brooks Laich will miss the rest of the regular season after having an operation on a groin muscle. Laich, who has eight goals and seven assists in 51 games this season, will be sidelined for the next 4-to-6 weeks.

03/18 11:00:17 ET

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Final
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1:05pm Today
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2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
7:05pm Friday
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6:35pm Saturday
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5:05pm Sunday
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HOU 4
BAL 1
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KAN 1
NYY 5
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MIA 1
PIT 5
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WAS 2
CHC 3
Final
CWS 9
TOR 10
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COL 1
CIN 2
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PHI 4
NYM 5
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SEA 7
TAM 6
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TEX 4
CLE 3
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BOS 1
MIN 2
Final
SFG 6
MIL 3
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ARI 4
STL 6
Final
DET 1
OAK 0
Final
SDP 4
ANA 0
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ATL 0
LOS 8
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TEX
CLE
 
12:35pm Today
COL
CIN
 
12:35pm Today
MIA
PIT
 
12:37pm Today
CWS
TOR
 
1:05pm Today
KAN
NYY
 
1:10pm Today
BOS
MIN
 
1:10pm Today
PHI
NYM
 
1:10pm Today
SEA
TAM
 
1:40pm Today
SFG
MIL
 
3:35pm Today
DET
OAK
 
4:35pm Today
HOU
BAL
 
8:05pm Tonight
WAS
CHC
 
8:15pm Tonight
ARI
STL
 
10:05pm Tonight
SDP
ANA
 
10:10pm Tonight
ATL
LOS
 
1:05pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
4:35pm Thursday
CWS
BAL
 
8:05pm Thursday
BOS
TEX
 
10:05pm Thursday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Thursday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Thursday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Thursday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Thursday
ATL
SFG
 
4:05pm Friday
KAN
CHC
 
7:05pm Friday
COL
PHI
 
7:05pm Friday
TAM
BAL
 
7:10pm Friday
MIA
NYM
 
7:10pm Friday
WAS
CIN
 
8:05pm Friday
BOS
TEX
 
8:10pm Friday
ARI
MIL
 
8:10pm Friday
CWS
HOU
 
8:10pm Friday
TOR
MIN
 
8:15pm Friday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Friday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Friday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Friday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Friday
PIT
SDP
 
10:15pm Friday
ATL
SFG
 
2:10pm Saturday
TOR
MIN
 
3:05pm Saturday
COL
PHI
 
4:05pm Saturday
TAM
BAL
 
4:10pm Saturday
ARI
MIL
 
4:10pm Saturday
CWS
HOU
 
4:10pm Saturday
MIA
NYM
 
4:10pm Saturday
WAS
CIN
 
7:15pm Saturday
BOS
TEX
 
7:15pm Saturday
KAN
CHC
 
7:15pm Saturday
LOS
STL
 
10:05pm Saturday
ATL
SFG
 
10:05pm Saturday
DET
ANA
 
10:05pm Saturday
NYY
OAK
 
10:10pm Saturday
CLE
SEA
 
10:10pm Saturday
PIT
SDP
 
1:10pm Sunday
MIA
NYM
 
1:10pm Sunday
WAS
CIN
 
1:35pm Sunday
COL
PHI
 
1:35pm Sunday
TAM
BAL
 
2:10pm Sunday
ARI
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2:10pm Sunday
CWS
HOU
 
2:10pm Sunday
TOR
MIN
 
2:15pm Sunday
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STL
 
2:20pm Sunday
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3:05pm Sunday
BOS
TEX
 
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ATL
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4:05pm Sunday
NYY
OAK
 
4:10pm Sunday
CLE
SEA
 
8:05pm Sunday
DET
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9:10pm Sunday
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Final
ATL 88
CLE 118
9:00pm Tonight
HOU
GSW
 
9:00pm Friday
GSW
HOU
 
9:00pm Sunday
HOU
GSW
 
Final
NYR 7
TAM 3
8:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI
 
8:00pm Friday
TAM
NYR
 
8:00pm Saturday
CHI
ANA
 
12:00pm Friday
AUBURN
CHARLESTON
 
1:00pm Friday
CALIFORNIA
CCAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
COLUMBIA
ECAROLINA
 
1:00pm Friday
ORALROBRTS
ARKANSAS
 
1:00pm Friday
OREGON
IOWA
 
1:00pm Friday
SFLORIDA
FAU
 
1:00pm Friday
WRIGHTST
NOTREDAME
 
2:00pm Friday
MICHIGAN
BRADLEY
 
2:30pm Friday
STONYBROOK
NCSTATE
 
2:30pm Friday
TEXAS
OREGONST
 
3:00pm Friday
INDIANA
RADFORD
 
3:30pm Friday
ULLAFAYETE
RICE
 
4:00pm Friday
LEHIGH
LSU
 
6:00pm Friday
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SWMISSOURI
 
6:00pm Friday
CLEMSON
ARIZONAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MERCER
FLORIDAST
 
6:00pm Friday
MOREHEADST
LOUISVILLE
 
6:00pm Friday
VIRGINIA
USC
 
7:00pm Friday
FIU
MIAFLA
 
7:00pm Friday
FLAAM
FLORIDA
 
7:00pm Friday
MARYLAND
MISS
 
7:00pm Friday
SACREDHART
TCU
 
7:00pm Friday
STJOHNS
OKLAHOMAST
 
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TEXASAM
 
7:00pm Friday
VCU
DALLASBAPT
 
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HOUSTON
 
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VANDERBILT
 
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ILLINOIS
 
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NWILMINGTN
 
10:00pm Friday
PEPPERDINE
FULLERTON
 
10:00pm Friday
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CSANTABAR
 
11:00pm Friday
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UCLA
 
Final
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1:05pm Today
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