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Dallas seeks to avoid fourth straight loss to start season; Kuznetsov returns for Washington

by Harvey Valentine / Independent Correspondent

STARS (0-3-0) at CAPITALS (2-0-1)



The Game

Evgeny Kuznetsov will make his season debut when the Washington Capitals host the Dallas Stars at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

Kuznetsov was suspended for the first three games of the season for inappropriate conduct during the offseason.

With a regulation loss, Dallas, which has lost each of its first three games by one goal, would match its worst start in Dallas/Minnesota North Stars history since beginning the 1988-89 season 0-4-0.


Players to watch 

Stars forward Roope Hintz has three goals in three games.

Capitals forward T.J. Oshie has two goals and an assist in three games.


They said it

"I think it comes down to game management. We're taking too many penalties and we're not managing the game well in big moments right now. Parts of every game we've had moments where we have complete momentum and we take it away from ourselves." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

"Now it's time for him to play and I just want him to enjoy being back out there and being with the team -- he obviously is an elite player in the League -- and for him to do the things he does. He needs to get back playing and enjoying the game of hockey and moving forward with his life." -- Capitals coach Todd Reirden on Evgeny Kuznetsov


Stars projected lineup  

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Andrew Cogliano -- Radek Faksa -- Joel L'Esperance

Nick Caamano -- Rhett Gardner -- Justin Dowling

Andrej Sekera -- John Klingberg

Esa Lindell -- Miro Heiskanen

Jamie Oleksiak -- Taylor Fedun

Ben Bishop

Anton Khudobin

Scratched: Joel Hanley, Denis Gurianov

Injured: Corey Perry (foot), Jason Dickinson (upper body), Blake Comeau (lower body), Roman Polak (upper body), Stephen Johns (headaches), Martin Hanzal (back)


Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Lars Eller -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Chandler Stephenson -- Garnet Hathaway

Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Radko Gudas -- Tyler Lewington

Braden Holtby

Ilya Samsonov

Scratched: Nic Dowd

Injured: Michal Kempny (hamstring)


Status report

Montgomery said Perry, who was on the ice after the morning skate, is getting closer to returning and will be re-evaluated by team doctors in Dallas on Thursday. … Reirden said Kempny continues to improve and is being evaluated each day. … Lewington will make his season debut and play his third NHL game.


Stat pack 

Dallas is 0-for-6 on the power play this season. … The Stars are 3-1-1 in their past five games against the Capitals. … Janmark has a goal and two assists in three games. … Holtby needs one shutout to break a tie with Olie Kolzig (35) for the most shutouts in Capitals history. … Ovechkin is one power-play goal from passing Luc Robitaille (247) for fourth most in NHL history.

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