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Dallas can extend 17-game home point streak against Washington

by Josh Clark / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

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

8 p.m. ET; FS-SW, NBCSWA, NHL.TV

 

The Game

The Dallas Stars will try to extend the longest active home point streak against an NHL opponent when they host the Washington Capitals at American Airlines Center on Saturday.

The Stars are 13-0-4 in their past 17 home games against the Capitals, a streak that began on Oct. 8, 1996.

Washington looks to avoid its fourth straight loss (0-1-2) after opening the season with two victories.

The teams will complete their season series; Dallas won 4-3 in overtime at Capital One Arena on Tuesday.

 

Players to watch

Capitals defenseman John Carlson has five points (one goal, four assists) in his past two games, including a goal and an assist against Dallas on Tuesday.

Stars center Roope Hintz has four points (three goals, one assist) in a three-game point streak.

 

They said it

"We started out really well in that game, but they didn't quit. If we have them in a position like that, just don't give them any momentum because they have a lot of firepower that can change the course of a game quickly. It will be our job to take that away." -- Capitals defenseman John Carlson on the loss to Dallas on Tuesday

"I think teams are evolving. What we saw from Washington two games ago, I'm sure they're a much-improved team. As your team gets used to the rhythm of the League again and the schedule, you become a better team. I think we're a different team than when we played them, even though it was two games ago." -- Stars coach Jim Montgomery

 

Capitals projected lineup

Alex Ovechkin -- Nicklas Backstrom -- Tom Wilson

Jakub Vrana -- Evgeny Kuznetsov -- T.J. Oshie

Carl Hagelin -- Lars Eller -- Richard Panik

Brendan Leipsic -- Nic Dowd -- Garnet Hathaway

Jonas Siegenthaler -- John Carlson

Dmitry Orlov -- Nick Jensen

Radko Gudas -- Tyler Lewington

Ilya Samsonov

Braden Holtby

Scratched: Chandler Stephenson

Injured: Michal Kempny (hamstring)

 

Stars projected lineup

Jamie Benn -- Tyler Seguin -- Alexander Radulov

Mattias Janmark -- Roope Hintz -- Joe Pavelski

Jason Dickinson -- Radek Faksa -- Joel L'Esperance

Andrew Cogliano -- Rhett Gardner -- Nick Caamano

Esa Lindell -- John Klingberg

Miro Heiskanen -- Andrej Sekera

Jamie Oleksiak -- Joel Hanley

Anton Khudobin

Ben Bishop

Scratched: Justin Dowling, Taylor Fedun

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

 

Status report

Dowd will play in place of Stephenson, who is a healthy scratch. … Dickinson will return to the lineup after missing four games with an upper-body injury. … Montgomery said he is hopeful Perry will make his Stars debut at the Pittsburgh Penguins on Friday.

 

Stat pack

Washington has allowed eight third-period goals, including two against Dallas on Tuesday. … Backstrom has 18 points (five goals, 13 points) in 17 games against the Stars. … Benn has 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 15 games against the Capitals. … Pavelski has 21 points (nine goals, 12 assists) against Washington. … The Stars have not lost a home game in regulation against the Capitals since Oct. 17, 1995.

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