Preview: Trip Takes Capitals To Texas On Thursday

Photo: Breakout Dallas

The Washington Capitals visit the Dallas Stars on Thursday night for the first of two meetings between the two teams this season. The teams split last season’s regular-season series, including a 5-0 win by the Capitals in Dallas on January 28.

Puck drop from American Airlines Center is set for 8:30 PM ET and can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market beginning at 8:30 PM ET.


Washington plays the second of four straight road games after opening the away games with a 6-3 win at the New Jersey Devils on Monday.

Dallas opens a three-game homestand after going 1-2-1 on their recent four-game Atlantic Division road trip, which ended with losses to the Ottawa Senators (4-2) and Boston Bruins (3-1) on back-to-back nights on Monday and Tuesday.


Washington: 4-3-0 (including 1-2-0 on road) – fourth in Metropolitan Division, ninth in Eastern Conference

Dallas: 4-2-1 (2-0-0 at home) – tied for first in Central Division and third in Western Conference with Colorado Avalanche



  • LW Conor Sheary (four goals)
  • Cs Evgeny Kuznetsov/Dylan Strome (five assists each)
  • Strome/D John Carlson/LW Alex Ovechkin (six points each)
  • Carlson (24:15 average TOI/game)

Notes: Strome, 25, has two multi-point games in his last four games; Carlson, 32, has two goals and six points during a four-game point-streak; Ovechkin, 37, has three goals and six points in his last five; Sheary, 30, has tallied a point in five of Washington’s seven games; All of Kuznetsov’s assists have come in his past four games; D Nick Jensen has a goal and five points in his last five; LW Marcus Johansson has three assists and four points in his last four; C Lars Eller has two goals and four points in his last four; C Nic Dowd has tallied goals in back-to-back games; D Dmitry Orlov has four assists in his last three


  • RW Joe Pavelski (four goals)
  • LW Jason Robertson/C Roope Hintz (five assists each)
  • Robertson/Hintz/Pavelski (seven points each)
  • D Miro Heiskanen (24:48 average TOI/game)

Notes: Robertson, 23, has been held off of the scoresheet in three of his past four; Pavelski, 38, has not recorded a point in four of his last five; RW Mason Marchment is on a three-game point drought since scoring three times and adding three assists in his first four games with the team; Rookie C Wyatt Johnston has goals in back-to-back games.


Goals-per-game:                   WSH – 3.57 (9th)       DAL – 3.29 (T-14th)

Goals-against per game:     WSH – 3.43 (25th)     DAL – 2.14 (2nd)

Power Play:                           WSH – 25% (T-9th)    DAL – 26.1% (8th)

Penalty Kill:                          WSH – 73.7% (26th)   DAL – 88.2% (7th)

Shots-per-game:                  WSH – 28.3 (25th)      DAL – 28.6 (24th)

Shots-against per game:    WSH – 33.1 (24th)       DAL – 32.9 (20th)

Faceoff-winning %:             WSH – 42.6% (29th)   DAL – 50.9% (17th)

5v5 Corsi-for Percentage:  WSH – 48.11% (23rd)  DAL – 48.31% (21st)

5v5 x Goals-For %:              WSH – 42.8% (29th)   DAL – 52.11% (11th)

5v5 SCF Percentage:           WSH – 45.6% (23rd)   DAL – 52.62% (12th)

5v5 Shooting Percentage:  WSH – 12.41% (1st)     DAL – 9.93% (11th)

5v5 Save Percentage:          WSH – .9111 (17th)      DAL – .9427 (5th)

5v5 PDO:                               WSH – 1.035 (4th)      DAL – 1.042 (2nd)


Washington: Darcy Kuemper, 32 — 3-2-0, .899 save percentage, 3.04 goals-against average in five games; 9-5-3, .915 save percentage, 2.78 goals-against average, two shutouts in 17 career games vs. Dallas

Dallas: Jake Oettinger, 23 — 4-1-0, .953 save percentage, 1.41 goals-against average in five games; 38 saves on 40 shots (.950 save percentage) in four periods vs. Washington last season, the only games he has played against them in his career



* RW Connor Brown (lower-body, will miss fourth straight game, out indefinitely)

* LW Carl Hagelin (hip, eighth, indefinite)

* RW Tom Wilson (ACL, eighth, indefinite)

* C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, eighth, indefinite)


* Heiskanen (upper-body, second, day-to-day)



Ovechkin — Strome — Sheary
Johansson — Kuznetsov — T.J. Oshie
Aliaksei Protas — Lars Eller — Anthony Mantha
Beck Malenstyn — Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Dmitry Orlov — John Carlson
Martin Fehervary — Nick Jensen
Erik Gustafsson — Trevor Van Riemsdyk

Charlie Lindgren

Scratched: C Connor McMichael, LW Joe Snively, LHD Matt Irwin


Robertson — Hintz — Pavelski
Marchment — Tyler Seguin — Jacob Peterson
Jamie Benn — Johnston — Ty Dellandrea
Radek Faksa — Luke Glendening — Joel Kiviranta

Heiskanen — Colin Miller
Ryan Suter — Jani Hakanpaa
Esa Lindell — Nils Lundkvist

Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: RW Denis Gurianov, LHD Joel Hanley

Game Notes

By Harrison Brown

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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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