Time To Mess With Texas: Dance With Dallas On Deck For Capitals

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The Washington Capitals will complete their regular-season series with the Dallas Stars on Thursday night. Dallas won the first meeting by a score of 2-0 at American Airlines Center on October 27 and has taken their last three visits to the District. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington in-market or NHL Network out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET.

SCHEDULE

Dallas: continue five-game Metropolitan Division road trip after splitting the first two games

Washington: open three-game homestand and stretch where they play 10 of their next 16 in the nation’s capital

RECORDS

Dallas: 17-8-5/.650 points percentage – first in Central Division and second in Western Conference (third in points percentage); 8-5-2 on road, eighth in NHL

Washington: 15-12-4/.548 points percentage – sixth in Metropolitan Division, ninth in Eastern Conference in points but rank 10th in points percentage; 8-4-1 at home, 12th

HOW EACH TEAM IS DOING

Dallas: have won three of their last four games and have points in 13 of their last 16 (9-3-4)

Washington: have won five straight and are 8-2-1 in their last 11 since dropping nine of their previous 11 (2-6-3)

TEAM LEADERS

Dallas

  • LW Jason Robertson (23 goals, 43 points)
  • C Roope Hintz (21 assists)
  • D Miro Heiskanen (25:22 TOI/game)

Notes: Robertson, 23, has just two assists in his last five since an 18-game point-streak (21 goals, 34 points) ended and has at least 10 more goals than any other player on Dallas; Hintz, who has 34 points in 29 games, has goals in back-to-back games and five goals and 10 points in his last seven; Heiskanen, 23, has two goals and four points in his last four and eight assists and 11 points in his last 10; LW Jamie Benn has just one goal in his last seven; RW Joe Pavelski has just one assist in his last five; LW Mason Marchment has a goal and three points in his last three; D Nils Lundkvist has two goals and four points in his last three

Washington

Notes: Ovechkin, 37, has 18 goals and 29 points in his last 25, including seven goals, nine points, and three multi-point efforts in his last four after earning four points (three goals) in Washington’s 7-3 win over the Chicago Blackhawks on Tuesday; Ovechkin also enters Thursday two goals away from passing Gordie Howe (801) for second-most goals in NHL history; Kuznetsov, 30, has six assists and seven points over a six-game point-streak; Carlson has three goals and eight points in his last 10; C Dylan Strome has four assists, five points in last six; LW Conor Sheary has four assists over his last four and five assists, seven points over his last seven; LW Anthony Mantha has two goals, six points over four-game point-streak, including a goal, an assist in Chicago; LW Marcus Johansson has two goals in his last three; C Lars Eller has three goals in his last four; D Nick Jensen has a +4 rating over his last two and a +8 in his last 10; RW T.J. Oshie is on a three-game point drought; D Erik Gustafsson has a +5 rating over his last three; D Dmitry Orlov has two assists, three points, +3 rating in two games after missing 16 straight games due to injury; D Trevor Van Riemsdyk has goals in back-to-back games

KEY TEAM STATS

Goals-per-game:                 DAL – 3.67 (3rd)              WSH – 3.03 (21st)

Goals-against per game:   DAL – 2.73 (6th)               WSH – 2.90 (T-11th)

Power Play:                          DAL – 24.4% (10th)         WSH – 22.6% (17th)

Penalty Kill:                         DAL – 84.4% (3rd)           WSH – 80.9% (3rd)

Shots-per-game:                 DAL – 32.1 (13th)              WSH – 30.8 (T-19th)

Shots-against per game:   DAL – 31.1 (14th)               WSH – 30.7 (11th)

Faceoff-winning %:            DAL – 55.1% (3rd)            WSH – 48.5% (22nd)

5v5 Corsi-for %:                  DAL – 51.91% (9th)          WSH – 50.67% (14th)

5v5 x Goals-For %:             DAL – 51.24% (16th)        WSH – 50.2% (18th)

5v5 SCF %:                           DAL – 53.01% (7th)          WSH – 51.32% (13th)

5v5 Shooting %:                  DAL – 9.92% (1st)             WSH – 7.75% (23rd)

5v5 Save %:                          DAL – .9189 (15th)            WSH – .9211 (12th)

5v5 PDO:                              DAL – 1.018 (4th)              WSH – .999 (T-15th)

EXPECTED STARTING GOALTENDERS

Dallas: Jake Oettinger, 23 — 11-4-3, .916 save percentage, 2.49 goals-against average, two shutouts in 21 games this season; 2-0-0, .970 save percentage, 0.86 shutout in three career games vs. Washington, including a 27-save shutout seven weeks ago

Washington: Charlie Lindgren, 28 — 7-3-2, .909 save percentage, 2.81 goals-against average in 13 games this season; 2-1-0, .955 save percentage, 1.34 goals-against average in three career games vs. Dallas

INJURIES/ILLNESSES

Dallas

  • N/A

Washington

  • G Darcy Kuemper (lower-body, will miss sixth straight game, out day-to-day)
  • D Martin Fehervary (lower-body, sixth, day-to-day)
  • RW Connor Brown (ACL, 28th, indefinite)
  • LW Carl Hagelin (hip, 32nd, indefinite)
  • RW Tom Wilson (ACL, 32nd, indefinite)
  • C Nicklas Backstrom (hip, 32nd, indefinite)
  • LW Beck Malenstyn (finger, 21st, week-to-week)
  • D Alexander Alexeyev (upper-body, third, status unknown)

PROJECTED LINEUPS

Dallas

Robertson — Hintz — Pavelski
Marchment — Tyler Seguin — Ty Dellandrea
Benn — Wyatt Johnston — Denis Gurianov
Joel Kiviranta — Radek Faksa — Luke Glendening

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

Oettinger
Scott Wedgewood

Scratched: LW Riley Tufte, D Joel Hanley

Washington

Ovechkin — Strome — Sheary
Sonny Milano — Kuznetsov — Oshie
Johansson — Aliaksei Protas — Mantha
Nicolas Aube-Kubel — Nic Dowd — Garnet Hathaway

Gustafsson — Carlson
Orlov — Jensen
Matt Irwin — Van Riemsdyk

Lindgren
Hunter Shepard

Scratched: LW Joe Snively, D Lucas Johansen

By Harrison Brown

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6 Responses to Time To Mess With Texas: Dance With Dallas On Deck For Capitals

  1. Anonymous says:

    Lucas should play ahead of Matt… Get Joe back in there…

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      Laviolette LOVES Irwin, raved again about him earlier this week, had him in Nashville. What I fear is a future potential decision between Irwin, or waiving Alexeyev to try and get him to Hershey. I know who Lavi would keep, and that’s concerning, reminding me of Siegenthaler

  2. KimRB says:

    Can we sign NAK to an extension now? Just what the 4th line needs. The ESPN crew was raving about his play last night!

  3. dwgie26 says:

    I still have no idea why Snively was a sudden scratch last night. Was it COVID? Other illness. Did he get hurt in warmups? I haven’t seen anything but it was clearly a game-time decision given he took warmups and the morning skate. That said, NAK looked great last night on 4th line.

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