Caps Fall to Stars in Overtime to Begin Homestand

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michael banner 2CAPITAL ONE ARENA – The Washington Capitals returned home on Saturday night to take on the Dallas Stars. After dropping a heartbreaker in Montreal where they allowed two late goals (not including the empty net), the Caps were hoping some home cooking and a normal hockey schedule would do the trick. They did get a point out of this one but they still fell in overtime 4-3 on a goal by Jason Dickinson. Something about the Stars having the Caps number, which defies logic. Since the 1996-97 season, the Stars are 23-2-6 against the Caps. Imagine how much torture that would be if that was the Cowboys record against the Redskins. At least the Skins won that game a few weeks ago! Okay back to hockey. Continue reading “Caps Fall to Stars in Overtime to Begin Homestand”

Capitals and Stars Pregame Update & Line Projections

The Battle Between the Best and the Wanna be Best

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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)

Goalies

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

Forwards

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)

Goalies

Niemi (31) Lehtonen** (32)

** Expected in the net.

Injury List

Jason Spezza