With center Evgeny Kuznetsov returning to the lineup after serving a three-game suspension (inappropriate conduct) for the Washington Capitals, center Nic Dowd will come out of the lineup when the team hosts the Dallas Stars on Tuesday night (7 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington). Center Chandler Stephenson will center the fourth-line of himself, Brendan Leipsic, and Garnet Hathaway.
Brendan Leipsic just told me that Chandler Stephenson *IS* indeed the 4C tonight. #Capitals
— Jason Rogers (@HeyJayJRogers) October 8, 2019
Practice -10:30 AM
As seen on Monday, Kuznetsov will skate on the third-line and first power-play unit against the Stars and defenseman Tyler Lewington will skate on the third-pair with Radko Gudas.
Capitals’ Lines vs. Stars
#Caps lines at morning skate:
Both Stephenson and Dowd took rushes. It looks like Stephenson is in, but will have to ask Reirden.
— JJ Regan (@JJReganNBCS) October 8, 2019
Stars’ Lines at Capitals
Stars’ lines in Washington this morning:
— Mike Heika (@MikeHeika) October 8, 2019
Goaltender Ben Bishop will man the nets for Dallas.
Reirden Media Session
Filling in for @Adam_Zielonka on Caps today since he’s in Connecticut to cover the Mystics. Here’s Todd Reirden discussing Evgeny Kuznetsov’s return from a three-game suspension: pic.twitter.com/mQItf2wag2
— Matthew Paras (@Matthew_Paras) October 8, 2019
— CapitalsPR (@CapitalsPR) October 8, 2019
- The Capitals are 32-48-16-3 all-time against the Stars and 3-1-2 over their last six games.
- Evgeny Kuznetsov is one of nine forwards in the NHL on an active streak of four consecutive seasons with at least 40 assists, and he ranks 12th in the NHL in total assists over the last five seasons (204).
- Kuznetsov’s 0.67 assists per game last season ranked second on the team and tied for 16th among forwards in the NHL among players with at least 70 games played.
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