Capitals and Stars Pregame Update & Line Projections

The Battle Between the Best and the Wanna be Best


Washington Capitals: 40-9-4

Dallas Stars 35-15-5

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This is the Washington Capitals last game on the road for this stint. One more win and it’s a sweep. Meanwhile, the Dallas Stars are in resurgence mode as they make the push to reclaim first place in the Western Conference.

Kuzy is in– no concussion after taking a high-stick on Thursday.

Stars Jason Spezza, who had the game winning goal against the Caps in November is out with an upper-body injury. His absence will leave a gap that team members will need to fill.

Caps Forward Lines

Ovechkin (8) Backstrom (19) Oshie (77)

Burakovsky (65) Kuznetsov (92) Williams (14)

Chimera (25) Johansson (90) Wilson (43)

Laich (21) Richards (10) Galiev (49)

Defensemen Parings

Alzner (28) Niskanen (2)

Schmidt (88) Carlson (74)

Orlov (9) Chorney (4)


Braden Holtby (70)** Philipp Grubauer (31)

** Expected in the net tonight.

Injury List

Still: Brooks Orpik and Jay Beagle.

Reachable Milestones:

Nicky Backstrom one goal away from a new Caps franchise milestone: (162) for 12th place.

Dallas Stars


Benn (14) Seguin (91) Eaves (18)

Roussel (21) Eakin (20) Sharp (10)

Nichushkin (43) Janmark (13) Hemsky (83)

Fiddler (38) Faksa (12) Sceviour (22)

Defensive Pairings

Goligoski (33) Klingberg (3)

Oduya (47) Demers (4)

Oleksiak (5)  (Jokipakka (2)


Niemi (31) Lehtonen** (32)

** Expected in the net.

Injury List

Jason Spezza

Author: Maggie Marcum

Managing Editor for Friends in Cold Places.

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