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Preview: Washington Capitals Seek To Bounce Back vs. Dallas Stars

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The Washington Capitals will host the Dallas Stars for the first tilt between the two teams this season on Thursday (8 PM ET, ESPN). Dallas has taken the last three meetings against Washington and six of the last eight (Washington: 2-3-3).

Schedule

Dallas: ends three-game Southeast road trip (0-2-0) and back-to-back set after falling 5-4 to the Florida Panthers on Wednesday

Washington: returns from five-game road trip (2-3-0) following a 6-0 loss to the Arizona Coyotes on Monday, make first of just four stops at home over a span of 16 games

How Each Team Is Doing

Dallas: has lost three of last four (1-2-1) and six of their past nine (3-4-2) since a four-game winning-streak

Washington: has lost four of their last six in regulation after going 9-1-1 over their previous 11

Standings

Dallas: 14-7-3 (.646 points percentage — second in Central Division, fourth in Western Conference); three points behind Colorado Avalanche for first in division with a game in hand

Washington: 12-8-2 (.591 points percentage — third in Metropolitan Division, seventh in Eastern Conference); one point behind New York Islanders for second wild-card spot (in actual points) with two games in hand, two back Philadelphia Flyers (three)

Team Leaders

The graph pictures each teams’ player leaders. Dallas right-wing Joe Pavelski leads the squad in goals and points while Washington defenseman John Carlson co-leads them in points and is first in assists in addition to ice time.

Team Statistics

The following chart shows Dallas and Washington’s game averages heading into Thursday’s outing. Dallas is one of the best when it comes to special teams, offense, and faceoffs.

The second graph examines both teams’ underlying statistics at five-on-five so far this season. Dallas does a prolific job of generating opportunities at the offensive end of the rink.

Injuries/Illnesses

Dallas

Washington

Expected Goaltending Matchup

Dallas: Scott Wedgewood, 31 — 4-1-1, .911 save percentage, 3.17 goals-against average

Washington: Charlie Lindgren, 29 — 5-2-0, .928 save percentage, 2.46 goals-against average, one shutout

Projected Lines

Dallas

Robertson — Roope Hintz — Pavelski
Mason Marchment — Matt Duchene — Tyler Seguin
Jamie Benn — Wyatt Johnston — Evgenii Dadonov
Sam Steel — Radek Faksa — Craig Smith

Ryan Suter — Heiskanen
Esa Lindell — Jani Hakanpaa
Thomas Harley — Joel Hanley

Wedgewood
Jake Oettinger

Scratched: C Ty Delleandrea, D Nils Lundkvist

Washington

Ovechkin — Strome — Wilson
Aliaksei Protas — Connor McMichael — Anthony Mantha
Hendrix Lapierre — Evgeny Kuznetsov — Matthew Phillips
Beck Malenstyn — Nic Dowd — Nicolas Aube-Kubel

Martin Fehervary — Carlson
Rasmus Sandin — Trevor Van Riemsdyk
Joel Edmundson — Nick Jensen

Lindgren
Darcy Kuemper

Scratched: RW Sonny Milano, D Alexander Alexeyev, D Lucas Johansen

Betting Odds (BetMGM)

Dallas: -140, Washington: +115

Over-under: 6 (-105 over, -115 under)

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077





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