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by Mark Stepneski @StarsInsideEdge / Inside Edge

Dallas Stars at Washington Capitals
Monday, March 6
6:30 p.m.
Radio: The Ticket 1310 AM/96.7 FM

About the Stars

The Stars (26-29-10) won 2-1 at Florida Saturday. Goaltender Kari Lehtonen made 41 saves, and John Klingberg scored the game-winning goal with 1:07 left in regulation as the Stars snapped a six-game road losing streak.

"We did enough to find a way to win," said Stars captain Jamie Benn, who had one goal and one assist. "That's all that really matters when you're playing on the road against a good team fighting for their playoff lives too. We got a lot of big saves out of our goalie and a good shot by Klinger."

The Stars, who won for just the eighth time on the road this season, improved to 4-2-0 in their past six games overall.

Monday's game wraps up a two-game road trip for the Stars.

Injuries: RW Adam Cracknell (lower body) is questionable. LW Antoine Roussel (upper body) is out. C/LW Mattias Janmark (knee) is on injured reserve.

About the Capitals

The Capitals (44-13-7) won 2-1 in overtime over Philadelphia on Saturday. Nicklas Backstrom scored on the power play in the extra period as the Capitals extended their home winning streak to a franchise-record 15 games.

"In overtime, we got a couple of saves," Capitals coach Barry Trotz told the team's official site. "We transitioned off that and drew a penalty. Once again, the power play came through for us with the game-winning goal."

The Capitals have won three straight overall and are 11-2-1 in their past 14 games.

Monday's game concludes a three-game homestand for the Capitals.

Injuries: F Andre Burakovksy (hand) is on injured reserve.

Season Series

*This is the second and final meeting of the season between the Stars and Capitals.

*The Capitals won the first meeting, 2-1 in overtime, in Dallas on Jan. 21.

*The Stars have won five straight games at Washington.

Statistical Tidbits

*The Stars are 8-18-4 on the road.

*The Capitals are 27-5-1 at home.

*The Stars are 9-12-4 vs. the Eastern Conference including 4-6-3 against the Metropolitan Division.

*The Capitals are 14-3-0 vs. the Western Conference including 8-1-0 against the Central Division.

*The Capitals have outscored their opposition 67-21 during their 15-game home winning streak for an average of 4.47 goals for per game versus 1.40 goals against per game.

*Washington ranks third in the league in scoring (3.27/game) and first in goals against (2.03).

*The Capitals have scored 22 power-play goals in their past 25 games.  

*The Stars have allowed 28 power-play goals in their past 28 games.

*The Stars are 10-50 (20 percent) on the power play since the All-Star break, ranking tenth in the league.

*The Stars have scored three or more goals in five of their past six games, posting a 4-2-0 record during that stretch.

*Stars captain Jamie Benn is on a six-game points streak (five goals, four assists).

*Stars defenseman John Klingberg is on a five-game points streak (three goals, four assists).

*Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom has registered 35 points (11 goals, 24 assists) in his past 27 games.

*Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin has recorded 25 points (nine goals, 16 assists) in his past 25 games.

This story was not subject to approval of the National Hockey League or Dallas Stars Hockey Club. Mark Stepneski is an independent writer whose posts on reflect his own opinions and do not represent official statements from the Dallas Stars. You can follow Mark on Twitter @StarsInsideEdge.

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